Hong Kong pro-democracy supporters descend on Vancouver's Chinese consulate

Elias Hubbard
May 26, 2020

China has no power to introduce a national security law for Hong Kong as such power is vested exclusively with the local legislature, according to veteran lawyer Martin Lee.

China's National People's Congress (NPC) - which usually passes any government proposal put before it - will "vote" on the plan on. Many have expected the trend to spread to the legislative election.

The channel said one of its Hong-Kong-based correspondents had tried to approach or contact more than 50 young protesters or opposition figures while reporting on the demonstrations over the past few months.

Vice premier Han Zheng repeated Beijing's narrative that the protesters who have resisted widespread violence from riot police with barricades, bricks, Molotov cocktails and other makeshift weapons are "terrorists". Han told the NPC.

Meanwhile, China's Vice-Premier Han Zheng said the country's determination to implement a new national security law for Hong Kong must not be underestimated, as the decision was reached after careful consideration of the interests of the country and city.

The proposal has spooked investors, with Hong Kong's stock exchange suffering its largest drop in five years on Friday.

One concern is a provision allowing Chinese security agents to operate in Hong Kong, with fears it could spark a crackdown on those voicing dissent against Beijing. "You must observe the law", Lam said.

Many chanted: "Hong Kong independence, the only way out".

The U.S.is likely to impose sanctions against China if it enacts a new national security law that would erode Hong Kong's autonomy, White House National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien said Sunday. In a statement, the coalition called it a "flagrant breach" of the Sino-British Joint Declaration, a 1984 treaty that promised Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy even after the handover to China.

The Communist Party "is blatantly targeting Hong Kong people's revolution in the past year, spelling an end to the people's democratic autonomy and freedom of expression", said the statement, which was shared on the Facebook page of leading activist Joshua Wong's pro-democracy group, Demosisto.

China has portrayed Hong Kong's protests as a foreign-backed plot to destabilise the motherland. "Such power is vested with the local legislature".

Mr Tsang, now an officer with China's Ministry of Public Security (MPS) and deputy director of the National Narcotics Control Commission, said that either the MPS or the Ministry of State Security, China's main intelligence agency, or both, could be involved in a new security unit in Hong Kong.

In a strongly-worded statement, the Hong Kong Bar Association also expressed concern over suggestions that mainland security agencies would be set up to safeguard national security within the city, saying it was "entirely unclear" how that arrangement would comply with Article 22 of the Basic Law, which stipulates that Beijing departments not to interfere in local affairs.

In its defence, CGTN argued it was "particularly challenging" for the channel to air pro-democracy views on the Hong Kong protests because people demonstrating against the actions of the Chinese state were reluctant to talk on camera to the Chinese state broadcaster.

U.S. President Donald Trump has been stepping up his anti-Chinese rhetoric, warning of reacting "very strongly" to Beijing's planned national security law.

Other global experts have lamented the Chinese move and said that it was "Tibet then, Hong Kong now and Taiwan tomorrow". The police commissioner of Hong Kong had also told media that the new law will "help combat the force of "Hong Kong independence" and restore social order".

"With [their] well-earned reputation for coercion and torture, [they] won't be there to sell dim sum", Patten wrote. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.

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