(Sandhya Jha, Intern Journalist): China is going to introduce a new security law that will allow it to ban activities such as treason, terrorism, foreign intervention and protest in Hong Kong. It is believed that the IK law may be widely opposed internationally and in Hong Kong.
Demonstrations were held for several months by supporters of democracy in Hong Kong last year. The issue is going to be debated in the Parliament session starting on Friday. The session is delayed due to Corona. Chinese media has said that the move is defending national security. However, detractors say that this could be the ‘end of Hong Kong’.
Hong Kong’s last British governor Chris Patten called the move a ‘major attack on the city’s autonomy’. At the same time, Tanya Chan, the leader of Hong Kong’s Civic Party, called it ‘the saddest day in the country’s history’. Following this announcement, the Hong Kong dollar also declined on Thursday.
‘China plans to amend one country two system policy’
National People’s Congress spokeswoman Zhang Sui said that China is planning to amend the policy of one country two systems. National security is the basis of the stability of the country. Protecting national security protects the fundamental interests of Hong Kong’s compatriots, including the people of China.
China has always had the authority to make laws
China always had the authority to implement the National Security Act in Hong Kong’s original law but has so far avoided doing so. Elections are scheduled in Hong Kong in September. Just like last year, the supporters of democracy got success, if the district elections were also successful, then the government may have trouble in bringing the bill.