Law on safeguarding national security in HK ensures stable, sustained implementation of “one country, two systems”

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CCTV+BATIE GHAR:The promulgation and implementation of the national security protection law in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will ensure the future prosperity of Hong Kong, and the long-term stability and development of the “one country, two systems” principle, said Shen Chunyao, head of the Legislative Affairs Commission of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, on Wednesday.

Shen made the remarks at a press conference in Beijing after the NPC Standing Committee voted to adopt the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at its 20th session on Tuesday.

“Judging from the current situation in Hong Kong, it is a must to advance the construction of institutional mechanism for safeguarding national security at the state level, and to establish and improve the legal system and enforcement mechanism for safeguarding national security in the HKSAR at the state level. During the review process, the NPC Standing Committee paid close attention to the views of all quarters, especially the views from relevant parties in the HKSAR,” said Shen.

He noted that the law is to effectively prevent, suppress and punish offenses endangering national security in relation to Hong Kong and to close Hong Kong’s institutional loopholes in safeguarding national security.

Shen said: “The promulgation and implementation of the law on safeguarding national security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region will effectively safeguard national security, prevent, stop and punish crimes that endanger national security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and plug the loopholes in safeguarding national security in Hong Kong’s system. The promulgation and implementation of this law is of great and far-reaching significance for upholding and improving the institutional framework of ‘one country, two systems’ under the new circumstances, safeguarding China’s sovereignty, security and development interests, and ensuring the long-term stability and prosperity of Hong Kong.”

Shen said the law is a comprehensive one that integrates contents of the substantive law, procedural law and organic law.

Shen said: “We are convinced that with the strong leadership and moves of the central government and the support of the broad masses of people, including Hong Kong compatriots, the promulgation and implementation of this law will effectively safeguard national security in the HKSAR and ensure the steady and sustained development of the ‘one country, two systems’ cause in Hong Kong.”

With 66 articles in six chapters, the law clearly defines the duties and government bodies of the HKSAR for safeguarding national security and four categories of offences — secession, subversion, terrorist activities, and collusion with a foreign country or external elements to endanger national security — and their corresponding penalties.

According to the law, the central government will set up an office in the HKSAR for safeguarding national security.

The HKSAR will establish a committee for safeguarding national security, which is under the supervision of and accountable to the central government. To be chaired by the HKSAR chief executive, the committee shall have a national security adviser designated by the central government. The Hong Kong police force will also set up a department for safeguarding national security, according to the law.

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