The norm, feared as a threat to Hong Kong liberties, was approved according to local media by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (ANP, legislative).
Since last month, Beijing had announced its intention to pass a security law against what it considers to be attempts to secede from subversive and terrorist movements.
It is the response of the Chinese authorities to the sometimes violent protests for democracy in Hong Kong.
When Chinese authorities announced their intention to pass the rule last month, critics expressed fear that it would mean “the end of Hong Kong.”
Since then Washington had voiced strong opposition and began work on dismantling the special status that Hong Kong enjoys under the laws of the United States.
In fact, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had announced on Monday that Hong Kong’s special treatment of China was suspended.
“The risk of sensitive US technology being diverted to the military or the Ministry of State Security has increased as the autonomy of the territory has been attacked. Those are risks that the US refuses to take and that have resulted in the revocation of Hong Kong’s special status, ”Ross said in a statement.
Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam declined to comment on the news of the law’s passage at her weekly press conference.
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EPALam did not want to respond to the news of the approval of the standard.
What is the legal status of Hong Kong?
Hong Kong was a British colony for over 150 years, until 1997.
The governments of the United Kingdom and China signed a treaty – the Xino-British Joint Declaration – by which it was agreed that Hong Kong would have a “high degree of autonomy, except in international and defense affairs” for 50 years.
This was enshrined in the Basic Law, which expires in 2047.
. This week clashes occurred at the Hong Kong Assembly.
As a result, Hong Kong’s own legal system, its borders and rights, including freedoms of assembly and expression, are protected.
But Beijing has the ability to veto any change in the political system and, for example, it has ruled out the direct election of the chief executive.
Hong Kong was the scene of extensive political protests in 2019, which became much smaller with the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic.
However, chaotic scenes occurred in the legislative chamber last Monday when a group of pro-democracy parliamentarians were dragged out in a fight over a law that would outlaw disrespect for the national anthem.
A group of 15 prominent pro-democracy activists also appeared in court Monday on charges of organizing and participating in illegal assemblies related to last year’s protests.
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