Hong Kong’s Chief Executive defends National Security Law and clarifies APEC attendance

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John Lee

30th May 2023 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Mr. John Lee, addressed the media before the Executive Council meeting this morning. He defended Hong Kong’s National Security Law against accusations of being broad, vague, or unclear. Lee stated that the law clearly spells out the four types of offences it covers and all the elements of the offences. He added that any activity that contradicts the law will be dealt with in accordance with Hong Kong’s applicable laws, particularly by the Police. He emphasised that everyone should act in accordance with the law and be prepared to face the consequences.

Regarding the upcoming June 4th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, A reporter asked if it is legal to peacefully mourn individually in public. However, Lee did not provide a straight answer and instead reiterated the importance of following the law. It is unclear how the authorities will respond to any public gatherings on June 4th.

The reporter also asked about Hong Kong’s participation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in the United States this November, given that Hong Kong officials are still facing US sanctions. Lee responded by saying that APEC is an international organization that doesn’t belong to any country or economy. He stated that Hong Kong has been participating in APEC conferences in accordance with its rules and conventions and that it is up to the organizer to invite members to attend. He added that the Hong Kong government will actin accordance with APEC rules and conventions regarding invitations to attend the conference.