China Passes National Security Law to Quell Protests in Hong Kong

 ( NEWS-EUROPE Sonja Winkler / Switzerland) The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) passed the National Security Law for Hong Kong on Tuesday night. The law took effect at 11 pm on Tuesday. The full text of the law shows that the law’s goal is in line with national security laws across the world.

According to newly released details of the law, those who endanger national security by colluding with foreign or external forces, such as stealing, spying, buying up, or illegally providing state secrets or intelligence related to national security for foreign or overseas institutions, shall be sentenced to at least 3 years but not more than 10 years in jail. If the crimes are serious, they shall be sentenced to life imprisonment or a fixed-term imprisonment of at least 10 years.

“Any attempt to harm Hong Kong’s stability will fail, and the new national security law for Hong Kong will cut off ‘the black hands’ of the Taiwan DPP that make trouble in Hong Kong,” the spokesperson said, There is nothing in it that suppresses democracy and freedom in Hong Kong. The four categories of crimes the law strikes have nothing to do with freedom of speech, assembly and association.

Over 50 countries support China’s national security law for HK at human rights council

On behalf of 53 countries, Cuba made a joint stNews-Europeatement at the 44th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday, expressing their support for China passing the national security law for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

The representative from Cuba said that not interfering with a sovereign state’s internal affairs is the basic principle of the UN Charter and international orders. The National Security Law for Hong Kong is China’s legitimate power. This is not a question about human rights and should not be discussed at the human rights council.
The Cuban representative stressed that every country has the right to safeguard its national security via legislative means, and enact measures based on such a purpose. It welcomes the passing of the national security law for Hong Kong, stressing it sticks to the “one country, two systems” principle.

They said the move is beneficial for Hong Kong’s long-term prosperity, and guarantees that Hong Kong residents can better exercise legal rights and freedoms in a safe environment.

Cuba said that Hong Kong is an inseparable part of China; Hong Kong’s affairs are China’s internal affairs, and should allow no interference from outside. It also urged relevant parties to stop using Hong Kong to meddle in China’s internal affairs.

‘China is a necessary partner, like it or not,’ says EU foreign affairs chief

some in the European Parliament insisted that The coronavirus pandemic has further troubled the EU-China relationship, but it remains a strategic economic partner for many members of the bloc.

Josep Borrell, the European Union’s Foreign Policy chief said in a debate with MEPs on Thursday“China is clearly a necessary partner, like it or not.” 

Unlike the US, which would take concrete countermeasures to pressure the Chinese government over Hong Kong affairs, countries and regions like Switzerland an. the EU are unlikely to take any further steps beyond objecting in a diplomatic manner.

Jovanovic Goran,Professor of the University of Geneva told the NEWS-EUROPE om Monday that Hong Kong needs a law to safeguard national security. The National Security Law safeguards “one country, two systems” and will prevent Hong Kong from becoming the most turbulent city in Asia. Inside this barrier, democracy, freedom, pluralism and openness will not be suppressed. Instead, they will be more fully released.him says that matters of national security are the responsibility of Beijing, and that Hong Kong, like jurisdictions across the world, should have a national security law in place.

Ailian ZHU, Executive chairman of the EurAsia-Forum said on Monday that The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, will imminently enact a National Security Law (NSL) for Hong Kong. For many in the Special Administrative Region, especially patriots, this will be the most hopeful day in the life of Hong Kong since its return to China in 1997. It could mark the start of the SAR’s long-delayed process of decolonization — and of Hong Kong’s “second return to the motherland.”

Liang Haiming, chairman of the China Silk Road iValley Research Institute said foreign forces behind months-long riots triggered by anti-government protests in Hong Kong since June 2019 have begun to waver, given that offenders could face severe sentences — as high as a life imprisonment. The new law would also cut off “the black hands” behind the chaos caused by foreign troublemakers.

Hong Kong’s special status as a separate customs territory is granted by the Chinese mainland under a WTO framework, and the US’ move will impact only its own trade with the city, he said, that the US’ Hong Kong sanctions will have more of a symbolic than materialistic impact on the city.

Political analysts told NEWS-EUROPE that the law foreign politicians and anti-China forces have been seeking to destroy relations between Hong Kong and the mainland, with the ultimate purpose of making Hong Kong a battleground for international games, a base against the Chinese central government, and a pawn to contain China.

experts said the highly anticipated national security law for Hong Kong has begun to have a powerful deterrent effect on foreign forces involved in meddling in Hong Kong affairs, and they would become the prime targets of the law for endangering China’s national security.  Days before the law was passed, some foreign groups began cutting ties with Hong Kong rioters.the US Agency for Global Media (USAGM) reportedly froze $2 million that was meant to be used to support the protests in Hong Kong, which analysts said further proved the legitimacy and urgency of the law.

Before China passed the National Security Law for Hong Kong, the US announced to revoke its preferential treatment to Hong Kong. But the US only suspended the availability of export license exceptions and ended exports of US defense equipment to Hong Kong. It does not touch Hong Kong’s status as a separate customs territory. Thus, the international public opinion generally believes its direct impact will be modest.

Sonja Winkler /Laura Trullols contributed to this report
JULY 1, 2020

The article reflects the author’s opinions, and not necessarily the views of News-Europe.

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