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The standing Committee of vsekitajsky meeting of national representatives (PC, NPC) adopted the law on ensuring national security in Hong Kong. About this newspaper the South China Morning Post.
According to her, the legal act will enter into force on 1 July, 23-th anniversary of the transition of the former British enclave under Chinese sovereignty. The bill was supported by 162 members of the PC of the NPC, but its contents not yet disclosed. It is expected to be published by the Agency “Xinhua” in the second half of the day.
The law aims to prevent and punish acts that threaten national security in Hong Kong: separatism, terrorism, undermining state power and collusion with foreign anti-China forces.
According to this legal act provides for life imprisonment as the maximum penalty for the most serious offenders. Thanks to this law, the Chinese authorities will be able to stop the actions of the radicals, who staged from June to November last year the violent riots which hit the economy of the special administrative region.
On 26 June it became known that the U.S. introduced a new anti-Chinese sanctions because of the encroachment of Beijing on the autonomy of Hong Kong. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo announced that the us government introduces the “visa restrictions for former and current members of CPC who are considered responsible for or involved in the demolition of the autonomy of Hong Kong.”
Britain, which until 1997 ran the Hong Kong and urged China to respect the autonomy of the region, and the United States called the bill disastrous decision.
Hong Kong returned to China in 1997. According to the joint Declaration of China and Britain, the city was promised broad autonomy for 50 years. Due to this status in Hong Kong enjoyed a special relationship with the United States.
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