CCP lawmakers at the 20th session of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress on Tuesday unanimously voted to adopt the Law of the PRC on Safeguarding National Security in Hong Kong.
With the legislature, people convicted of national security crimes could face up to life imprisonment.
CCP claims that the law is a “sword” deterring people who endanger national security and a “guardian” protecting Hong Kong residents.
Speaking after the national flag raising ceremony oon Wednesday, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the law is a “crucial step to ending chaos and violence in the territory.
“The national security law is the most important development in securing ties between China and the HK Special Administrative Region since the handover,” she said.
But the legislation has been responded with widespread criticism and condemnation from across the world.
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said China’s passing of a controversial national security law in Hong Kong is “a grave step”.
“Despite the urging of the international community, Beijing has chosen not to step back from imposing this legislation. China has ignored its international obligations regarding Hong Kong. This is a grave step, which is deeply troubling,” said Mr Raab.
Hong Kong’s last British governor, Lord Patten, said the move had breached agreements made with the UK before the city was handed over in 1997.
The foreign secretary said the UK would decide what action to take when it sees the full legislation, which has not yet been published.
Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, speaking at a regular news briefing, called the move “regrettable,” noting that it had come in the face of “strong concerns from the international community and citizens of Hong Kong.”
“The enactment of the national security law undermines the credibility of the ‘one-country, two-systems’ principle,” Suga said, adding that Japan would continue to cooperate with concerned countries on appropriate responses.
Australia has also expressed its “deep and growing concerns” over China’s imposition of a new national security bill in Hong Kong.
Wilbur Ross, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, issued a statement to revoke Hong Kong’s special status.
The statement reads, “With the Chinese Communist Party’s imposition of new security measures on Hong Kong, the risk that sensitive U.S. technology will be diverted to the People’s Liberation Army or Ministry of State Security has increased, all while undermining the territory’s autonomy. Those are risks the U.S. refuses to accept and have resulted in the revocation of Hong Kong’s special status. Commerce Department regulations affording preferential treatment to Hong Kong over China, including the availability of export license exceptions, are suspended. Further actions to eliminate differential treatment are also being evaluated. We urge Beijing to immediately reverse course and fulfill the promises it has made to the people of Hong Kong and the world.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made his latest remarks on the legislation, “The Chinese Communist Party’s decision to impose draconian national security legislation on Hong Kong destroys the territory’s autonomy and one of China’s greatest achievements. Hong Kong demonstrated to the world what a free Chinese people could achieve – one of the most successful economies and vibrant societies in the world. But Beijing’s paranoia and fear of its own people’s aspirations have led it to eviscerate the very foundation of the territory’s success, turning One Country Two Systems into One Country One System.”
The secretary said that the United States will not stand idly by while China swallows Hong Kong into its authoritarian maw. “Last week, we imposed visa restrictions on CCP officials responsible for undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy. We are ending defense and dual-use technology exports to the territory,” said Pompeo, “Per President Trump’s instruction, we will eliminate policy exemptions that give Hong Kong different and special treatment, with few exceptions.”
“As I watch the Pandemic spread its ugly face all across the world, including the tremendous damage it has done to the USA, I become more and more angry at China,” President Trump tweeted Tuesday.
CCP killer Guo Wengui said, “President Trump has not yet crossed the two red lines. One is to call the coronavirus a CCP virus; another is for Donald Trump to call Xi Jinping an enemy instead of ‘a good friend of mine’.” Guo is sure it will soon happen.
Before signing a presidential order to promulgate the law for Hong Kong, President Xi Jinping published a third volume of his thought: “The Governance of China”.
According to Xinhua, the new volume published bytthe Foreign Languages Press in both Chinese and English collects 92 articles, including speeches, conversations, instructions and letters of President Xi.
While to most people and the whole world, Xi Jinping’s thought is nothing but stupid rubbish or toilet waste, Xinhua shamelessly said in its commentary that “At 99, CCP governance legitimacy shines brighter in time of global uncertainty.
Although the United States and many other countries will continue to stand with the freedom-loving people of Hong Kong, today July the first is truly a sad day for Hong Kong and its 7 million residents, and from tomorrow, the evil CCP is going to silence different voices in the city.
Jimmy Lai, a Hong Kong media tycoon known for his outspoken support of the city’s pro-democracy movement, said the law “spells a death knell to Hong Kong because it supersedes our law and our rule of law.”
Democratic activist Joshua Wong tweeted lately, “I hereby declare withdrawing from Demosisto… If my voice will not be heard soon, I hope that the international community will continue to speak up for Hong Kong and step up concrete efforts to defend our last bit of freedom.”
“Very disappointed” by CCP’s imposition of the law, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said early today to the reporters, “We hope Hong Kong people continue to adhere to the freedom, democracy and human rights that they cherish.”
Tsai said the legislation proved that the formula “was not feasible” and that Taiwan would provide “concrete” humanitarian assistance to migrants from Hong Kong.
President Tsai said Taiwan is to launch on Wednesday a dedicated office to help those thinking of fleeing Hong Kong.
Guo Wengui said Hong Kong is the gate to the CCP’s grave. Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and his War-Room friends hoped President Trump would say to President Xi Jinping, “Go to Hell!”
US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien on Friday said President Xi Jinping is a successor to dictator Joseph Stalin whose policies killed millions. And they deserve the same fate.
Yes! Hell is the only place suitable for President Xi now!
By Cloudy Seagail