Pro-Beijing Politicians Hail New National Security Legislation in Hong Kong, Pro-Democracy Legislators call it end of "One Country, Two System Policy"

  • China has signaled that it is going to bypass the Legislative Council of Hong Kong and enforce a new national security law for the city. Reports say that the resolution has been placed at the National People’s Congress (NPC) on Friday with the aim of preventing, stopping, and punishing acts in Hong Kong for tackling “secession, subversion, terrorism, and foreign interference”. The NPC has highlighted that Hong Kong’s leaders should promote, educate, and launch programs regarding the need for the new national security law. Though it is still unclear who is going to enforce the new national security law, reports say that Chinese authorities overseeing national security in Hong Kong may set up organizations (if required) in the city for implementing the law. A local NPC deputy, Ip Kwok-him, said that Hong Kong departments are not equipped to tackle situations involving foreign interference, thereby defending  the potential necessity of Mainland China’s agents in enforcing the national security law in Hong Kong. A member of Hong Kong's Legislative Council, Tanya Chan, said that the new security law will ensure the “end of Hong Kong and it’s like the end of our homeland” and the consequent end of “one country, two systems”. Pro-establishment heavyweights such as Elsie Leung Oi-sie (former Vice-Chairwoman of Basic Law Committee) opined that the staffs of mainland agencies enforcing the new law would be bound by Hong Kong’s local laws, thereby preserving “One Country, Two System Policy”. Reports say that the bill concerning the establishment of the legal system and enforcement mechanisms will be deliberated during China's National People's Congress (the annual grand political convention of the Communist Party of China where major policies are passed). The 13th National People's Congress will be held from May 22, 2020 to May 28, 2020.