THE HONG KONG government has appointed its committee to oversee the territory’s new National Security Law. It will be headed by Chan Kwok-ki as secretary-general. but the man who matters is Zheng Yanxiong, newly appointed to be head of the office Beijing is setting up to oversee the law, an office that will report directly to Beijing.
Zheng has most recently been the Party boss in Guangdong, best known for his crackdown in Wukan, a village in the province that had a short-lived exercise in local democracy following a citizen’s revolt against local officials’ land grabs back in 2011.
Luo Huining, who heads Beijing’s liaison office in Hong Kong, has been appointed as National Security Advisor to the city’s chef executive, Carrie Lam.
Six judges have been appointed to the special courts that will hear cases under the new law. The first case brought before it was that of Tong Ying-kit, a 23-year-old motorcyclist accused of riding into a group of policemen during the protest on July 1 carrying a flag calling for the liberation of Hong Kong. Chief Magistrate Victor So Wai-tak presided. The other five judges are not yet known.
Meanwhile, US lawmakers have passed legislation imposing sanctions on Chinese officials involved with the imposition of the new law.
That will cut no ice with Beijing. Indeed, Deng Zhonghua, deputy chief of the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, told CCTV that the new National Security Law ‘is not a one-off’.