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Chinese lawmakers endorse Hong Kong national security law

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Li calls for mutual respect with the US while trampling and crushing 7 million Hong Kong people.

The British remain quiet as they betrayed the HK people in 1997 by refusing them the right of abode, one of Britain’s most shameless non-actions in its history. They could rectify it by extending full British nationality to all those HK people born before 1997. That would checkmate China as they can not arrest thousands of British citizens and no, the UK does not need tov worry the HK people would flee on mass to the UK. On the contrary, they would feel strengthened in staying.

why that cow towing to Beijing ? The world needs them much less then they need the world. 99% of the promise of the Chinese market remains Just that. Promise. And Xi is a dangerous imperialistic megalomaniac. He feels himself Emperor, not President.

we have created our own worst enemy in China but it is not too late.

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Britain didn’t “betray anyone in 1997. The lease for the New Territories was up so China took it back. Honk Kong was a colony taken by force. The people of Hong Kong were and are not British. After colonial rule ended, they were given their freedom from UK rule.

The 1971 Immigration act set the rules for who has right of abode in the UK... sorry Hong Kong people, not you. Amusingly the same rule applied to the residents of the Falkland Islands. This has since been amended... :)

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I’m very very sorry that law was voted.

it surely could undermine the freedom and independence of legal, economy and everything that we can do

I know HIng Kong people are so smart and intelligent

I wish If HK people have a plan to move to Japan or Taiwan , make a new life and help the world develop

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"The vote was 2,878 to 1", I am confused as to what are these guys for. Why not just scrap the NPC ?

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During British colonial rule the sedition laws were no less draconian, both on paper and in practice. Many newspapers critical of the colonial government were shutdown and their editors jailed, particularly after the 1967 riots. In Hong Kong it was illegal to: "bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against the person of His Majesty, His heirs and successors, or against the Government of this Colony or the Government of any other part of His Majesty's dominions or of any territory under his Majesty's protection".

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M3M3M3Today 09:52 am JST

During British colonial rule the sedition laws were no less draconian, both on paper and in practice. Many newspapers critical of the colonial government were shutdown and their editors jailed, particularly after the 1967 riots. In Hong Kong it was illegal to: "bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against the person of His Majesty, His heirs and successors, or against the Government of this Colony or the Government of any other part of His Majesty's dominions or of any territory under his Majesty's protection".

How is this related ? We don't care how it was under the British rule, we care about today and tomorrow.

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How is this related ? We don't care how it was under the British rule, we care about today and tomorrow.

It's very relevant. If the Hong Kong government complies with Article 23 of the Basic Law by either passing its own legislation or annexing the Chinese security law, which goes no further than the colonial government ever did, how can any fair-minded person accuse them of abolishing 'one country two systems' or violating the Sino-British Joint Declaration? Anyone doing so would be a hypocrite in my opinion.

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M3M3M3Today 11:10 am JST

How is this related ? We don't care how it was under the British rule, we care about today and tomorrow.

It's very relevant. If the Hong Kong government complies with Article 23 of the Basic Law by either passing its own legislation or annexing the Chinese security law, which goes no further than the colonial government ever did, how can any fair-minded person accuse them of abolishing 'one country two systems' or violating the Sino-British Joint Declaration? Anyone doing so would be a hypocrite in my opinion

I am sorry I still don't see the logical link with the previous colonial government.

accuse them of abolishing 'one country two systems' or violating the Sino-British Joint Declaration

Because it's not a baseless accusation, it's a fact, the NPC approved the plan to impose its own national security law to HK, overriding the local government institutions, therefore abolishing One Country Two Systems.

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the NPC approved the plan to impose its own national security law to HK, overriding the local government institutions, therefore abolishing One Country Two Systems.

Not true. Under Article 18 of Hong Kong's Basic Law the NPC is allowed to add certain types of mainland legislation to Annex III of the Basic Law. There are currently six pieces of Chinese legislation that have been annexed and this will be the seventh. However, for any of these annexed laws to take effect in Hong Kong they must first be promulgated by the Hong Kong Chief Executive. In theory Carrie Lam can refuse to promulgate the NPC's annexation, but this is very unlikely to happen given her support of Beijing.

The larger point to take from this is that all of these legislative procedures in the Basic Law, including Annex III and the NPC's role, were agreed by both Britain and the PRC at the time of the handover. You cannot start crying foul just because China has begun to follow the precise letter of the law to their own advantage. If you want to blame someone, start with Margaret Thatcher and the UK government for agreeing to such a poor one-sided deal for the people of Hong Kong. They sold Hong Kong down the river.

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Communist evil is spreading.... What the hack is happening with this planet ? Xi is really dangerous dictator.

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Communist evil is spreading..

There's as much Communism in this planet as there is Democracy in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (aka North Kora).

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@ Mr Kipling:  After colonial rule ended, they were given their freedom from UK rule.

The Chinese Communist government is so bad that the people formerly subjected by the British government and colonized by them would rather to be ruled by their former oppressors. Think about that - pretty amazing.

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