Hong Kong’s National Security Law Is Being Enacted

‘TIS DONE. Hong Kong’s new National Security Law has been approved, following another round of no doubt pro-forma discussion at the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress. It will now become part of the city’s Basic Law.

State media reports that President Xi Jinping signed a presidential order to promulgate the law, which goes into effect as of the date of promulgation. Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive, said the city’s government would complete the necessary steps so that the law would come into effect on June 30, the day before the anniversary of China’s resumption of sovereignty from the United Kingdom, a day of planned pro-democracy demonstrations.

At the time of writing, the full text is still yet to be made public, though its broad outlines are known. It criminalises activity in four areas — secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with a foreign country or ‘external elements’ to endanger national security — which gives authorities open-ended scope to suppress political dissent at will. The law will also extend the reach of mainland security forces into the city.

London and Brussels have been critical of Beijing’s imposition of the new law, which critics such as former governor Lord Patten say will end ‘one country, two systems’. Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Agnes Chow, among the best-known of Hong Kong’s democracy activists, say they are withdrawing from Demosisto, the party they founded in 2016 and which now says will disband.

Meanwhile, Washington has suspended Hong Kong’s trade privileges and banned weapons exports to it.

A statement from Beijing’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong indicates that none of that will carry much weight in Beijing:

Nobody should underestimate the central government’s determination to safeguard national security in Hong Kong, underestimate the firm binding powers of the law after it’s in force or underestimate the central and Hong Kong government agencies’ enforcement abilities.

Done and dusted.

Update: The text of the National Security Law has now been published (English translation).

Postscript: Mao Zedong told US President Richard Nixon that he could wait 100 years for the reunification of Taiwan, a diplomatically deft delay for both sides that allowed mutual acknowledgement of the One China policy that was to be the basis of re-establishing US-China relations. Beijing’s de facto truncation of the 50 years of ‘one country, two systems’ in Hong Kong, makes this Bystander wonder what time frame Xi has in mind to foreshorten Taiwan’s reunification.

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6 responses to “Hong Kong’s National Security Law Is Being Enacted

  1. “It criminalises activity in four areas — secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with a foreign country or external elements to endanger national security — which gives authorities open-ended scope to suppress political dissent.”

    America needs a law like this. After Biden is elected, we will crush Trumpism and all Trumpists. They are guilty of all four.

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