22nd May 2020 – (Beijing) Wang Chen, Deputy Secretary-General of the 13th National People’s Congress Standing Committee, introduced this morning (22nd) a draft concerning the maintenance of national security in Hong Kong. The content includes relevant organs of the Central People’s Government to maintain national security and their duties.
In addition, it clearly stipulates that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall establish and improve mechanisms, institutions and enforcement mechanisms for maintaining national security, and clearly stipulates that the Chief Executive shall perform the duties of maintaining national security in the SAR, conduct national security promotion education, and prohibit acts that endanger national security according to law. The Chief Executive shall regularly submit reports to the central government for review.
Wang Chen said that due to anti-Bejing social unrest in Hong Kong and the interference of external forces and since Article 23 of the Basic Law has suffered a setback since 2003, the legislation in Hong Kong has been stigmatised and ‘demonised’ by unscrupulous parties with ulterior motives. Wang Chen pointed out that in the implementation of ‘one country, two systems’ principle in Hong Kong has faced new risks and new challenges.
Hong Kong ’s national security risks have become increasingly prominent. In particular, since the anti-extradition law revision last year, the anti-Beijing sentiment in Hong Kong has become more vigorous as there were radical protesters who blatantly defaced the national emblem and flags. They besieged central government agencies in Hong Kong, violently opposed police enforcement, and paralysed the government ’s Legislative Council.
He pointed out that in recent years, external forces have been actively supporting the anti-Beijing movement in Hong Kong. The sinister behaviours seriously challenged the principle of one country, two systems and endangered national sovereignty. Therefore, effective measures must be taken to prevent and punish them.