Hong Kong national security law triggers angry reactions against China

Hong Kong's protests has seen push back from Beijing. — Reuters pic

In 2003, Hong Kong lawmakers already proposed to introduce a "national security law" but then massive demonstrations forced the Hong Kong government to shelve the plans indefinitely.

Addressing the congress, Premier Li Keqiang said: "We'll establish sound legal systems and enforcement mechanisms for safeguarding national security in the two Special Administrative Regions".

Beijing is set to impose new national security legislation on Hong Kong.

Top Chinese and Hong Kong officials are attempting to reassure the global community that the security bill announced Thursday won't impact the former British colony's status as a financial hub.

The "one country, two systems" principle, a balancing act between two fundamentally different forms of government and two entirely different views of the world, is a farce.

Article 23 of Hong Kong's Basic Law states that the territory must enact a law to prohibit "treason, secession, sedition [and] subversion" against the Chinese government, but the clause has never been implemented due to opposition from Hong Kongers fearful it would destroy their civil rights.

China enacted its first National Security Law in 1993, which focused on issues relating to espionage activities.

Meanwhile other protesters said they were scrubbing their social media history to get rid of anything that may lead any Chinese police newly-stationed in the city to their door.

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Now, after a wave of sustained and often violent protests in Hong Kong past year, Beijing is attempting to push the law through. Lam became Hong Kong leader in 2017 with support from mainland China.

"We are angry, but will fight on", says Mo.

The practice of "one country, two systems" has achieved unprecedented success in Hong Kong, according to an explanatory document delivered by Wang, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Hong Kong got freedom from the United Kingdom in 1997, after nearly 150 years of being ruled by Britain. "But I don't think it's going to happen that way".

China's legislature is expected to rubber-stamp the draft resolution on Thursday, the last day of the annual parliamentary gathering, before the details are fleshed out next month at another meeting of the NPC's Standing Committee.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam holds a press conference after attending the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 21, 2020, in Hong Kong, China.

Hong Kong is supposed be semiautonomous under the so-called one country, two systems policy. The Communist Party is flexing its muscle and is intent on forcing Hong Kong's 7.5 million residents to accept Beijing's national security law. It could also ban people who work for or receive funding from these organizations from entering Hong Kong. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has indicated that the US could reconsider the city's special trade privileges and the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong requested clarification of the "vaguely defined" bill. "We don't. So it's not surprising that as part of the efforts to fill the national security legal gap, we need to have a body", he said in an interview with Reuters. Days later, Hong Kong police arrested 15 high-profile democracy activists including 81-year-old Martin Lee - often called the city's "Father of Democracy" - on charges related to participating in illegal rallies.

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