China passes feared HK security law

Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam addressing a press conference at the Central Government Offices in Hong Kong, China, today, where she also refused to answer questions about the national security law for Hong Kong passed by Beijing, saying it would be inappropriate for her to do so. – EPA pic, June 30, 2020.

CHINA passed a sweeping national security law for Hong Kong today, a historic move that critics and many western governments fear will smother the finance hub’s freedoms and hollow out its autonomy.

The legislation was unanimously approved by China’s rubber-stamp Parliament this morning, little more than six weeks after it was first unveiled, sending shockwaves through semi-autonomous Hong Kong and beyond.

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