China's national people's Congress approves plans for a controversial security law in Hong Kong

in spite of massive international criticism of China's people's Congress has approved plans for a controversial security law in Hong Kong. At the conclusion o

China's national people's Congress approves plans for a controversial security law in Hong Kong

in spite of massive international criticism of China's people's Congress has approved plans for a controversial security law in Hong Kong. At the conclusion of their annual meeting, the members of the Ombudsman the Standing Committee of the Parliament to adopt the law on the protection of national security in China's special administrative region.

' Far-reaching intervention in the autonomy of

, The law bypasses Hong Kong's Parliament, and is directed against activities that were viewed as subversive or separatist. The project would be the so far most extensive intervention in the autonomy of the former British crown colony, where there were over months strong china-critical demonstrations. Hong Kong has been governed since the return to China in 1997, according to the principle of "one country, two systems" as an independent territory.

The plans are international, to strong criticism. The Federal government has been very concerned that the US is considering sanctions. So the US government holds the advantageous special status for Hong Kong because of the increasing interference of China in the Autonomous metropolis is no longer justified, as US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo reported. For Hong Kong companies and citizens, a lot is at stake - higher duties to the issuing of visas for travel to the United States. The importance of China's major financial location might be in danger. Details are still unclear.

the law against foreign interference

The law is also opposed to foreign interference. To enforce, if necessary, "even Chinese security organs are to be used" in Hong Kong. The Pro-democracy forces fear that they will be the target of the law. The Asian economic metropolis experienced since the last week of the summer for a week of demonstrations against the Beijing government, the police brutality at the protests and the growing influence of the Communist leadership.

The proposed law "will allow the Chinese government has far greater access to people and organizations in Hong Kong," said Katja in Hausen from the China Institute Merics in Berlin. There is the "legitimate fear" that freedom of expression and freedom of the press, the rule of law and civil society, but also international exchange of information are massively restricted.

Coronavirus had postponement of the annual meeting made it necessary

Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, the annual meeting had to be postponed in March - for the first time in the recent history of the people's Republic. By the session was rescheduled, demonstrated to China that it has the Virus under control. However, strict precautionary measures were taken. The approximately 2900 members were tested at least twice to Sars-CoV-2. Many travelled in special trains, and not with the normal train or the plane to. The meeting, which is usually 10-12 days, was shortened to a week.

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Updated Date: 29 May 2020, 01:26

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