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China’s central government to allow Beijing to override Hong Kong’s independent legal system

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Bloomberg6/22/2020 08:43 AM GMT+08  • 7 min read
China’s central government to allow Beijing to override Hong Kong’s independent legal system
The proposal said the central government will have jurisdiction over an “extremely small” number of national security cases under “specific circumstances,” according to draft language released on Saturday.
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(June 22): China confirmed that a proposed national security law would allow Beijing to override Hong Kong’s independent legal system, shedding new light on a move that has stoked tensions with the U.S. and threatens the city’s status as a top financial centre.

The proposal said the central government will have jurisdiction over an “extremely small” number of national security cases under “specific circumstances,” according to draft language released on Saturday by the official Xinhua News Agency. It added that China will establish a new bureau in Hong Kong to analyze the security situation, collect intelligence and “lawfully handle national security cases.”

The draft bill also calls for Hong Kong to establish a new committee to protect national security, which will be supervised and accountable to Beijing. The chief executive will oversee the committee, as well as appoint judges to handle criminal cases brought under the law. Authorities in Beijing will have the final say on interpreting the law.

  • The NPC Standing Committee has the power to interpret the law, which would override any local laws that are inconsistent with its provisions
  • The police and judiciary will establish new departments to handle cases under the law, Lam said preparatory work is already underway.
  • Hong Kong must “adopt special measures strengthening oversight and management” of schools and social organizations
  • The national security committee will set up a position of special adviser designated by the central government
  • Hong Kong should “respect and protect human rights” while ensuring national security, and anyone accused has the right to defend themselves
  • Any Hong Kong residents entering elections or taking public positions must sign documents upholding the city’s Basic Law and swearing loyalty “to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China”

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