Law that radically reshapes relations between Beijing and Hong Kong has been condemned in the West
Chinese authorities enacted Hong Kong’s national security law on Tuesday, dramatically tightening control over the semi-autonomous city.
The law, which the Chinese authorities represent as a “sword” hanging over the heads of those who threaten the national security of Hong Kong, came into force a few hours after it was signed by the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping..
The law gives Beijing jurisdiction over “very serious” national security crimes committed in Hong Kong. In addition, it gives China the opportunity to create a national security agency in the city, which will employ officials who are not bound by local laws in the performance of their duties..
The new set of powers is radically restructuring relations between Beijing and Hong Kong, removing the legal protections that have so far existed between the independent city judiciary and the courts controlled by the Chinese Communist Party..
“This is the end of the Hong Kong that the world used to know about,” tweeted Joshua Wong, a Hong Kong activist and fighter for democracy. Wong’s political party Demosisto announced its dissolution.
27 countries, including the UK, France, Germany and Japan, have called on Beijing to “reconsider imposing” legislation on the city. The move further complicated relations between Beijing and Washington..
Democratic congressional leader Nancy Pelosi said the goal of the new law is to “scare, intimidate and suppress” Hong Kongers. Republican Mitt Romney tweeted that his “heart hurts for the people of Hong Kong,” where “any semblance of freedom and autonomy” has disappeared..
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that “the Chinese Communist Party’s decision to impose harsh national security legislation on Hong Kong destroys the territorial autonomy and one of China’s greatest achievements.”.
China approves decision to enact Hong Kong national security law
“Beijing’s paranoia and fear of the aspirations of its own people have led to … the transformation of the principle of ‘One country, two systems’ into ‘One country, one system,'” – said Pompeo.
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