China, ignoring all concerns from the international community, has enacted a contentious national security law that will allow Beijing to override Hong Kong’s judicial system, and criminalize most dissent in the city.
This new move also ultimately removes the autonomy of the territory agreed to with Britain.
“The legal firewall, if you like, that separates the two systems [of Hong Kong and Beijing] is now gone,” said Alan Leong, a former chair of Hong Kong’s bar association and chair of Hong Kong’s Civic Party, in a press report.
“We are allowing the long arms of the Chinese Communist Party to reach Hong Kong,” he added.
The latest move has put Beijing and Washington at odds, as also with other Western nations.
The U.S. ended its preferential trading status with Hong Kong in May, saying the city no longer had any autonomy from mainland China and has slapped visa restrictions on Chinese officials in Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, China has also threatened retaliatory measures against the U.S.
The United Kingdom, Hong Kong’s former colonial ruler, has offered a path toward citizenship for up to 3 million Hong Kong residents.
Marcia Wright, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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