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The head of administration of Hong Kong Carrie Lam agreed with the need of the region in the national security act, which earlier passed the Chinese authorities, reports Reuters.
According to Lam, the law closes a “gaping hole” in the legislation of the region does not undermine its autonomy. She said that the measure will affect only a “very small” group of offenders who pose a threat to the state system. The leader of Hong Kong said that the region suffered from violence, fanned by external forces, and “no Central government can not turn a blind eye to such threats to sovereignty.”
That the Chinese authorities took a much-debated law, it became known earlier, on 30 June. It will allow Beijing to demand the extradition of the most dangerous radicals.
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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