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The President of China XI Jinping signed a decree on the entry into force of the national security law in Hong Kong. This is the Agency “Xinhua”.
It is noted that the head of China signed a decree number 49 on the entry into force of the resonant document from June 30 — on the eve of the anniversary of the return of Hong Kong from the British lease. Adopted unanimously the decision of the standing Committee of vsekitajsky meeting of national representatives allows the law to include in Annex III to the basic law of the special administrative region of Hong Kong. The text of the new law is not published yet.
It is known that the stringent new rules, which began to live in the special administrative region, punishing the four crimes: separatism and undermining state power, terrorism, conspiracy with foreign States to harm national security.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that China thus undermining the autonomy of Hong Kong. He noted that Beijing is opposed to the values of democracy, freedom and rule of law.
That the Chinese authorities took a much-debated law, it became known earlier, on 30 June. The head of administration of Hong Kong Carrie Lam, who was appointed after the approval of Beijing, agreed with the need of the region in the act.
On 26 June it was reported 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 Washington introduces “visa restrictions for former and current members of CPC who are considered responsible for or involved in the undermining 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 on 1 July 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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