New National Security Office in Hong Kong to Target Foreign Forces

With the passage of the law on safeguarding national security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), several new departments and units will be established to handle national security cases.

Experts said these arrangements showed the spirit of the “one country, two systems” and the cooperation between the central government and the HKSAR government for better law enforcement.

The law clearly defines the duties and government bodies of the HKSAR in safeguarding national security; the four categories of offences – the act of secession, subversion, terrorist activities, and collusion with a foreign country or external elements to endanger national security – and their corresponding penalties; jurisdiction, applicable law and procedures; office of the central people’s government for safeguarding national security in the HKSAR; and other contents, according to Xinhua News Agency on Tuesday.

The HKSAR government will, in accordance with the requirements of the National Security Law, establish the Committee for Safeguarding National Security to be chaired by the chief executive as soon as possible, said Chief Executive Carrie Lam in a statement to usher in the passage of the law by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) on Tuesday. 

Li Xiaobing, an expert on Hong Kong affairs at Nankai University in Tianjin, told the Global Times the national security threat that Hong Kong faces is much more serious and complicated than Macao does,…

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