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Hong Kong leaders start legislative push to tighten national security laws

By Jessie Pang and Greg Torode

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Getting further from the guaranteed freedoms China promised citizens of Hong Kong would have for 50 years. Showing the world it can not trust China, even when it makes a promise and signs a treaty on that promise.

China had potential to become a great nation, but under the leadership of Jinping Xi China has slipped a long way backwards and is not only a disappointment to the world, but no doubt to the people of Hong Kong and in many areas inside China. Such a pity.

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China continues to destroy a once great country.

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Real shame, they should treat HK like Singapore, make it a friendly safe trustable reliable gateway to China. CCP over-reach is bad business for both China and World.

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Such thin skin, so scared of any criticism.

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Anyone remaining in Hong Kong - the sewer of China - must realize they will no longer have ANY extra freedoms than mainland Communist China. In fact, it is likely they will have less as the totalitarian HK regime looks to make an example of anyone who even talks about freedom or democracy.

People are already being jailed in HK for writing the word "democracy" on an email. That is modern, police state HK. Filthy, despicable part of China.

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If you’re a citizen of Hong Kong and you haven’t gotten out yet, you better very soon.

Almost anywhere in the West will be better than what Hong Kong will become.

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seriously, these few years i keep hearing my friends (senior position) in financial sectors keep making sound of moving to Singapore from HK, i believe they got their worries and reasons, and i also believe Singapore will replace HK very soon. btw, since commies formally destroy and take full control of HK in 2019, i already decided for the rest of my life i wont step on that land anymore. God bless HK

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So much for 2 systems, 2 countries.

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Lee said freedoms would be safeguarded and the laws would meet international standards.

'International', will they model the laws after those found in the Russian Federation, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and other authoritarian states.

I imagine the fragile CCP members will include laws prohibiting anyone the ruling caste deem to have "hurt the feelings" of Chinese, meaning Xi, and those in the CCP.

Hong Kong was a wonderful place to visit long ago.

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John Lee is a stooge of Beijing, a wretch who stabbed HK's democracy in the back. History will damn him for his cowardly betrayal of the people who hunger for freedom of expression and thought.

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Some textbook Sinophobia on parade here.

The article makes clear that the laws would meet international standards (i.e. western standards) and replace the foreign imposed and unworkable colonial-era laws.

Certain dinosaurs have a problem with setting the same laws as western countries. Talk about moral posturing.

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The details are what matter. Look at the Chinese Constitution. It says many of the same things other Constitutions say - some clauses are even better ... then they add a few clauses that completely undo all the others for "honor" and "safeguard national unity". If people not believe me:

Article 51 When exercising their freedoms and rights, citizens of the People’s Republic of China shall not undermine the interests of the state, society or collectives, or infringe upon the lawful freedoms and rights of other citizens.

Article 52 Citizens of the People’s Republic of China shall have the obligation to safeguard national unity and the solidarity of all the country’s ethnic groups.

Article 53 Citizens of the People’s Republic of China must abide by the Constitution and the law, keep state secrets, protect public property, observe discipline in the workplace, observe public order, and respect social morality.

Article 54 Citizens of the People’s Republic of China shall have the obligation to safeguard the security, honor and interests of the motherland; they must not behave in any way that endangers the motherland’s security, honor or interests.

No definition of "honor" or "national security" is provided, but historically, it has been whatever some person of the party claims. Making allegations of rape to a party member isn't allowed for "honor" reasons. This is extremely different - just look at the allegations against the former US President. He's lost more than 2 court cases related to that.

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Lee said freedoms would be safeguarded and the laws would meet international standards.

Another bald faced lie from a Chinese official. Who do they think is going to believe their lies anyway? Nobody with any sense or education is going to swallow such untrue statements because with China, it is always what they do and not what they say.

Perhaps people in Russia and NK will actually fall for it and believe the assurances, but in that case all they are doing is fooling their so called friends instead of telling them the truth.

China treat their people abominably, they lie to their friends and they ruin their country. Everyone else they simply bully and threaten to get what they want. It makes me so very thankful I live in a free country blessed with democracy and human rights that some people in oppressed nations like China, Iran, North Korea and Russia can only dream of having.

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Get out whilst you can, or get ready for the full North Korean experience. China will crack down on HK more than it does domestically.

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