China proposes controversial Hong Kong security law

China proposes controversial Hong Kong security law

Critics believe the Hong Kong government, which has moved to limit freedoms in the wake of the pro-democracy protests previous year, has become wary of political events like the Tiananmen vigil, reported UDN.

Beijing and some Hong Kong officials have frequently flagged the education system as a potential breeding ground for the large-scale pro-democracy protests that roiled the city in the second half of past year.

The protests began over a now-withdrawn bill that would have allowed Hong Kong residents to be sent to the mainland for trial, and continued for more than seven months over police conduct and perceptions that Beijing is tightening its controls over the city's affairs.

Pro-democracy lawmakers entered the room and tried to reach the seat, but were physically stopped by the guards.

He mentioned on the time the delay was to permit the report back to account for any actions Beijing would possibly ponder in the run-up to China's May 22 National People's Congress.

Such legislation was last proposed in 2003 under Article 23 of the Basic Law, Hong Kong's mini-constitution, bringing hundreds of thousands of the territory's citizens out in protest.

Hong Kong's chief govt Carrie Lam mentioned final week that passing the invoice was a precedence for the federal government, and the invoice can be introduced to the committee on Might 27.

Tensions between Hong Kong's two competing forces reached another flashpoint after pro-Beijing lawmakers took control of a key legislative committee Monday.

Yet such power has not been employed since Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

Protesters have been calling on social media for city-wide demonstrations on that day.

Earlier on Thursday, Beijing said a national security bill would be discussed in China's annual parliamentary session on Friday, fueling concerns that street protests will flare up again in the semi-autonomous city.

"Actions like these make it more hard to assess that Hong Kong remains highly autonomous from mainland China".

Likewise, one of the solutions proposed by the Hong Kong government to quell the past year of protests was to renew efforts to instill young people in Hong Kong with a sense of identification with China through "Patriotic Education."

The South China Morning Post quoted sources as saying that Beijing had concluded that Hong Kong's legislature could not pass a national security law given the political climate.

Hong Kong has its own national football team, but not its own anthem - so the Chinese one is played before games.

Pompeo said on Wednesday the recent treatment of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong makes it harder to assess whether the territory remains highly autonomous from China, a requirement for special treatments the city gets under American law.

"The market is taking this news negatively for Hong Kong given the likely return of violent protest activities, higher risk for the U.S.to remove certain preferential terms for Hong Kong, such as the special tariff status, and risk-off sentiment", said Becky Liu, head of China macro strategy at Standard Chartered Bank Ltd.

"Used to say it's the beginning of the end for Hong Kong".

An editorial in the state-run China Daily said the law meant that "those who challenge national security will necessarily be held accountable for their behaviour".

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