China's Hong Kong law a 'flagrant breach,' global leaders say

China's Hong Kong law a 'flagrant breach,' global leaders say

Hong Kong's leader vowed on Friday to "fully cooperate" with Beijing over a national security law for the semi-autonomous Chinese territory, after lawmakers introduced a draft proposal to the country's parliament.

President Xi Jinping's government announced that the National People's Congress would write sweeping legislation into Hong Kong law to criminalize the harshest criticism of China and the ruling party.

The Chinese government said it was working on "a draft decision on establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms" for Hong Kong in order to safeguard national security.

The new laws will allow Beijing to crush protests in Hong Kong against mainland China's growing influence.

"If the global community can not trust Beijing to keep its word when it comes to Hong Kong, people will be reluctant to take its word on other matters", they wrote.

The op-ed claimed that the lack of national security legislation "is one of the very reasons that Hong Kong has become chaotic and its value system has deviated from the normal track".

"We're absolutely not going to give China a pass", Hassett said, adding, "It's a very hard, scary move".

"The statement shows growing and widespread worldwide outrage at the decision by the Chinese government to unilaterally impose national security legislation in Hong Kong", Patten stated.

"Can businessmen tell Hong Kong people, why are there more USA companies, U.S. businessmen and United States investments in mainland China than Hong Kong?" he wrote in a Facebook post.

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All that began to change when Hong Kong erupted in historic protests past year to block Lam's attempt to pass legislation that would have allowed the extradition of criminal suspects to the mainland. We don't have a lot of details. "Everything is possible, but the goal is clear - to recall mass rally", the 23-year-old designer said. The law, which China's National People's Congress (NPC) nearly certainly will enact, will prohibit acts of "splittism, subversion, foreign intervention, and terrorism", vague terms that the Chinese government has frequently used on the mainland to punish peaceful dissent.

In, Hong Kong the authorities were quick to comply.

The Chinese Communist Party yesterday made it clear that the planned law was aimed at quashing the democracy movement.

Under the Basic Law and the bilateral treaty between the United Kingdom and China at the time of Hong Kong's transfer of sovereignty, Hong Kong has a "high level of autonomy".

"They are taking away our soul, our rights and freedoms, from rule of law to free speech", she says.

Pro-democracy protesters hold placards as they march from outside the Western Police Station to the Chinese Liaison Office in Hong Kong on 22 May.

A spokesperson of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in Hong Kong said in a statement the city's high degree of autonomy "will remain unchanged, and the interests of foreign investors in the city will continue to be protected under the law".

Instead, it has chosen what he called a "worse option" by proposing that the National People's Congress in Beijing enact a national security law for the territory. "Of course Hong Kong's legislative body will still exercise its function, but I expect more national security regulations from the central government in the future".

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