Beijing passes Hong Kong national security law: Government adviser

Daniel Fowler
June 30, 2020

China onapproved draconian new security legislation for Hong Kong banning activities deemed subversive or secessionist, paving the way for its feared state security police to operate in the city.

"The Chinese Communist Party's decision to eviscerate Hong Kong's freedoms has forced the Trump Administration to re-evaluate its policies toward the territory", Pompeo said, saying that the decision was necessary to protect USA national security.

China has denounced all such moves as gross interference in its internal affairs, and foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Monday said Beijing has made a decision to retaliate with visa restrictions on "U.S. personnel who perform badly on Hong Kong-related issues".

"The move severely impacts Hong Kong society's freedom, human rights and stability".

"In response. China has chose to impose visa restrictions on USA individuals with egregious conduct on HK related issues".

"The United States is forced to take this action to protect USA national security", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.

Mike Pompeo tweeted that the United States will end its export of defence equipment and "sensitive US Commerce Department-controlled dual-use technologies" to Hong Kong, adding that "if Beijing now treats Hong Kong as "One Country, One System, so must we". It includes secondary sanctions on banks that do business with anyone backing any crackdown on the territory's autonomy.

The Commerce Department in turn will stop making a distinction between Hong Kong and China on so-called dual-use United States products, which have both military and civilian applications - and are highly restricted when sought by Beijing.

"It is not appropriate for me to comment on any questions related to the national security law", she told reporters as the news of the law's passing broke.

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"It will throttle the city's rule of law, presenting a major confrontation between what passes for law in China and the common law system in Hong Kong, which has allowed the city to function as one of most important financial hubs in Asia".

Beijing denies stifling Hong Kong's freedoms and has condemned Tsai's offer. "People of Hong Kong, see you on the streets!"

All Hong Kong delegates to the nation's top advisory body, the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, and the NPC, have been asked to attend a meeting, believed to be a briefing on the bill, at the central government's liaison office at 3pm.

Pompeo announced the decision hours after China in turn restricted visas to some Americans for Hong Kong.

And Beijing will have jurisdiction over some cases, toppling the legal firewall that has existed between Hong Kong and the mainland's party-controlled courts.

"We will continue to work with the countries involved to deal with this issue appropriately", Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference when asked about reports that China's parliament had passed the law on Tuesday.

Chinese officials have railed against what they claim is foreign interference in the territory that they blame for encouraging last year's anti-government protests.

Earlier on Tuesday, a spokesman for Taiwan's Executive Yuan warned Taiwanese travelers "to be careful of the risk that could emerge going to Hong Kong after the enactment of the national security laws". Pro-China figures have also been pushing for more "patriotic" education to be introduced into the curriculum in hopes that will boost their identification with Beijing.

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