UK, Australia, Canada condemn Chinas proposed security law for Hong Kong

Executive Carrie Lam wearing a face mask following the coronavirus disease outbreak attends a news conference with officers over Beijing’s plans to impose national security legislation in Hong Kong

China introduces new security bill in parliament to tighten controls over Hong Kong

He visited Hong Kong a year ago amid its pro-democracy protest against the then-proposed extradition law, which would have allowed Hong Kong to detain and transfer people wanted in other countries, including China.

Hong Kong is only one flashpoint between the United States and China, the world's top two economies.

"Of course we will play safe more, and be more cautious". We know this much.

A pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong surged to its most vociferous level in 2019, after a controversial extradition bill was proposed in the city's legislature.

The NPC's decision authorizes the body's Standing Committee to draft the legislation, following which the committee will add it into Annex III of Hong Kong's Basic Law, the city's functional constitution.

Why did China do this?

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"This is the most serious threat to the people of Hong Kong that there has been from the Chinese government since 1997", said Malcolm Rifkind, the former United Kingdom foreign secretary and one of the statement's signatories.

The national security legislation neither hinders foreign investors from investing in Hong Kong, nor prevents local residents from enjoying the freedoms accorded to them by law, he said.

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An attempt to enact the clause in 2003 was shelved after half a million people took to the streets in protest against it. At times, the protests led to violence between police and protesters a year ago.

China doesn't want to see that happen again. After all, Hong Kong is part of China.

Currently, a Chinese Military garrison comprising over 10,000 troops - mainly a symbolic presence for external defence - is stationed in Hong Kong.

Already, demonstrators have called for rallies against Beijing-backed legislation, including a bill that would criminalise disrespecting China's national anthem, on Sunday and Wednesday.

Upon her return from Beijing late on Friday, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said the stock market "goes up and comes down" and it was in fact the protests which had destabilized the business environment. In China, activities like this have been known to be classified as subversion.

Democracy advocate Joshua Wong (黃之鋒) said that China's message to the protesters was clear.

At the same time, Surfshark reported a 700 percent surge in sales in Hong Kong. Some are anxious that such campaign would constitute a crime in the future.

They should sanction senior Beijing and Hong Kong officials responsible for recent human rights abuses in Hong Kong and future abuses under the national security legislation, subjecting them to travel bans and asset freezes.

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"Almost all trials involving national security are conducted behind closed door".

"China's. resolve to oppose any interference in Hong Kong affairs by any foreign power is unshakable", said foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian at a press briefing. This separate treatment is justified because of Hong Kong's unique status.

"It has nothing to do with politics", Yeung said. But the document itself has weaknesses: for example, it doesn't set any specific deadlines for the introduction of direct elections for city administrators or parliamentarians.

What's more, Professor Chan says the proposed law will contravene Article 23.

Beijing has repeatedly alleged that the pro-democracy camp was receiving support from the Central Intelligence Agency in the United States, as well as other foreign governments.

"Whatever form it takes, it is important the national security law addresses concerns over possible curbs on freedoms and rights", it said.

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

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