Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a decree on the entry into force of the Hong Kong National Security Act. This was reported by Xinhua News Agency.
It is noted that the head of China signed a decree at number 49 on the entry into force of the resonance document from June 30 – on the eve of the anniversary of the return of Hong Kong from British rent. The unanimous decision of the Standing Committee of the All-China People’s Congress allows the law to be included in Appendix III to the main law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. However, the text of the new law has not yet been published.
It is known that the new strict rules by which the special administrative region began to live punish four types of crimes: separatism, undermining state power, terrorism, conspiring with foreign states to harm national security.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said China is thus undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy. He noted that Beijing opposes the values of democracy, freedom and the rule of law.
The fact that the Chinese authorities adopted the sensational law was announced earlier on June 30. The head of Hong Kong’s administration, Carrie Lam, who took office after Beijing’s approval, agreed with the region’s need for the law.
On June 26, it was reported that the United States introduced new anti-Chinese sanctions because of Beijing’s encroachment on Hong Kong’s autonomy. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Washington is imposing “visa restrictions on former and current CCP members who are considered responsible or implicated in undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy.”
Great Britain, which ruled Hong Kong until 1997, called on China to respect the autonomy of the region, and the United States called the bill a catastrophic decision.
Hong Kong returned to China on July 1, 1997. According to the joint declaration of China and Britain, the city was promised wide autonomy for 50 years. Thanks to this status, Hong Kong has established special relations with the United States.