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The National People's Congress of China Reviewed and Adopted Law on Safeguarding National Security in Hong Kong

On June 30, the second, the third as well as the closing meeting of the 20th session of the Standing Committee of the People’s Republic of China was concluded, adopting the Law of the People’s Republic of China of Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). President Xi Jinping signed the 49th presidential order to promulgate the law. A decision to list the law in Annex III to the HKSAR Basic Law was also adopted by the Standing Committee of the NPC.

The adoption of the Law on Safeguarding National Security in HKSAR, the addition of the Law in Annex III to the HKSAR Basic Law, as well as the promulgation and implementation of the Law locally in HKSAR, represents a “milestone” event in the practice of “One Countries, Two Systems”, which not only lays the groundwork for the comprehensive and accurate implementation of the principle of “One Countries, Two Systems”, earnestly safeguards national sovereignty, security and development interest, effectively upholds the Chinese constitution and the constitutional order provided by the Basic Law that Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of China. It also ensures continuity of prosperity and stability in Hong Kong, and provides strong institutional guarantee to safeguard the practice the "One country, Two systems" cause, as well as ushers in a new turning point for Hong Kong to end chaos, return to law and order, with the prospect of steering toward the right direction.

While holding fast to the fundamental of “One Country”, the Law on Safeguarding National Security in Hong Kong has taken due notice of the diversity as a result of “Two Systems”. The law clearly defines categories of offenses endangering national security and their corresponding penalties, and establishes government bodies and provide for their respective jurisdictions, both at the central government level and the level of the HKSAR government, for safeguarding national security. It is totally commensurate with the principle of "One country, Two systems", consistent with the Chinese Constitution and the Basic Law of HKSAR, constituting a major move to improve the system of "One country, Two systems". For a tiny number of people harboring ill intentions of endangering national security, the law will be a "sharp sword" hanging over their heads; but for the vast majority of Hong Kong residents including foreigners in Hong Kong, the law will be a "guardian" that protects their rights, freedoms and peaceful life. The law will equip Hong Kong with more a comprehensive legal system, a more stable social order , better law and order, and a more enabling business environment.

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is a special administrative region of China, and that Hong Kong affairs are purely China’s internal business. China’s determination to implement the principle of "One country, two systems" shall be unwavering, as its determination to halt any attempts by foreign forces to meddle with Hong Kong’s affairs. The determination and will of the Chinese government and the Chinese people will never waver by any forces or under any circumstances. Any wanton attempts to use Hong Kong for the purpose of undermining China’s sovereignty, security and development interest is nothing but a pitiful delusion that will never succeed.

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