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China Prods Hong Kong to Enact National Security Law

Thursday, 16 April 2020 17:36 WIB Global

China's top official in Hong Kong told the semi-autonomous city on Wednesday to urgently enact a national security law, shelved since 2003, to combat what he called violence, foreign interference and pro-independence forces. The comments come amid concern by pro-democracy lawmakers of China's interference in the territory's internal affairs, including the legislative council and judiciary. The "violent, criminal acts by pro-independence and radical forces" in the anti-government protests which erupted last June have damaged the rule of law and challenged the foundation of the "one country, two systems" principle, said the former top Communist Party leader in China's Shanxi province. The...

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