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Chinese President Xi Jinping signs national security law for Hong Kong

Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), delivers a speech at a CMC meeting held in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 4, 2019. (Xinhua/Li Gang). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

HONG KONG, Jun 30, 2020, SCMP. President Xi Jinping has signed the national security legislation Beijing has tailor-made for Hong Kong into law, according to state media, South China Morning Post reported.

In a statement issued at 6pm on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency confirmed that the new law – which would prohibit acts of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces to endanger national security – had been passed by Beijing’s top legislative body.

The six-chapter law, which consists of 66 articles, had clearly stipulated the responsibilities of the institutions responsible for maintaining national security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and defined the four offences, it said.

Xinhua also reported that Li Zhanshu, chairman of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, described the law, and its unanimous passage, as a “reflection of the will of comrades in the whole of the nation including Hong Kong”.

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