The Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress held its twentieth meeting on June 28, 2020. The Committee heard the report on the review of the draft law on the maintenance of national security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. In the next step, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress will formulate relevant laws and list them in Annex III of the Hong Kong Basic Law, which will be announced and implemented locally by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Michele Geraci, former Italian Deputy Minister of Economic Development said in an interview about the introduction of the National Security Act involving Hong Kong. As a former government official, Geraci believes that this measure has far-reaching significance:
First, in his view, the world has entered a period of turmoil. National security, public health, and economic stability are issues that every country needs to pay great attention to. A strong government is needed to maintain social stability and the safety of the people. East Asian countries represented by China will have an advantage in the next period, while Western democratic systems will face pressure;
Second, for China, Hong Kong is a special and complicated historical issue. Because the return of Hong Kong is the process of returning from one sovereignty to another, and the implementation of two different political systems in a country is unprecedented. Various problems will certainly exist during this period.
Third, regional security is not only a problem of this region.Hong Kong is a part of China, and its security and stability is not just a problem only for Hong Kong.
As Michele Geracipointed out, for China, Hong Kong is a special and complex historical issue. Therefore, it is not surprising that the “National Security Law” involving Hong Kong has attracted the attention of all parties.
In fact, since 2019, Hong Kong has become one of the focuses of global attention because of various violent incidents that have seriously disrupted economic development and even endangered regional security. The “National Security Law” concerning Hong Kong was introduced in this context, and it is intended to maintain the stability of Hong Kong society and the national security of China. Because Hong Kong is a part of China, solving the Hong Kong issue is China’s internal affairs.
(Photo by EurAsiaInfo/Keren Wang/1 July 2020)
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