Australia defends hong Kong people present on its territory - The Point

The tension rises between China and Australia. Thursday, July 9, the country of Oceania has offered his protection to hong Kong people on its territory, in resp

Australia defends hong Kong people present on its territory - The Point

The tension rises between China and Australia. Thursday, July 9, the country of Oceania has offered his protection to hong Kong people on its territory, in response to the new law on national security imposed by China. The First minister Scott Morrison, who has also announced the suspension of its extradition agreement with hong Kong, intends to offer in thousands of hong Kong people living in the country as a permanent resident, which should not fail to arouse the anger of Beijing.

Scott Morrison has explained that he made these decisions because the national security act " constitutes a fundamental change of the situation ". He said he had informed the chinese authorities and hong kong of these projects. These ads are involved in the aftermath of the opening to the hong Kong Office of defence and national security, in which agents of the intelligence chinese will be in charge of enforcing the law imposed by Beijing. This text aims to crack down on subversion, secession, terrorism and the collusion with foreign forces.

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It is the most radical for hong Kong since its handover by the Uk to China in 1997. The activists pro-democracy fear an erosion of unprecedented freedoms and autonomy in the territory. Scott Morrison has declared that the visas of about 10 000 hong Kong people living in the country would be as well extended for five years. "If you are the holder of a temporary visa, your visa will be extended to five years from now (...) with a possibility of permanent residence at the end of that period," he said. "And we will also offer a visa of five years and may lead to permanent residence for the future hong Kong qualified applicants of temporary visas, subject to, in particular, that they meet a list of skills," he added.

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a Few minutes before these announcements, the australian department of foreign Affairs has warned its nationals living in hong Kong against a risk of detention since the entry into force of the law on national security. In an update of its advice to travellers, it has urged its nationals to "reconsider their need to stay in hong Kong" if they are concerned about this new law that " may be interpreted in a broad way ".

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While emphasizing that the way in which this text will be applied and what it covers " is not yet clear ", it has been estimated that Australians " could be facing an increased risk of detention for reasons of national security, loosely defined ". "You could break the law without meaning ", he warned.

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Updated Date: 09 July 2020, 01:33

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