Thursday, May 21, 2020

Whoa: "Beijing will announce resolution for national security legislation for Hong Kong to proscribe secession, foreign interference and terrorism"

Under cover of covid.
From the South China Morning Post:
  • Draft resolution for Hong Kong law to proscribe secessionist and other activities in city to be presented as motion to National People’s Congress on Friday, sources say
  • Move would represent major shift from Beijing’s earlier position of allowing Hong Kong government to enact the long-awaited law itself through Legislative Council
Beijing will introduce a draft resolution to allow the National People’s Congress to chart legislation for a new national security law tailor-made for Hong Kong that will proscribe secessionist and subversive activity, foreign interference and terrorism in the city, sources have told the Post.
A Beijing source said the new law would ban all seditious activities aimed at toppling the central government and external interference in Hong Kong’s affairs. It would also target terrorist acts in Hong Kong.
A mainland source familiar with Hong Kong affairs said Beijing had concluded that it was impossible for the city’s Legislative Council to pass a national security law to enact Article 23 given the city’s political climate and hence was turning to the National People’s Congress , the country’s legislature, to take on the responsibility.
“Some opposition politicians have shut the window for Hong Kong to enact its own national security law,” the source said, referring to the confrontational approach they had adopted towards Beijing....MORE
HT: the FT's Neil Hume