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China passes landmark legislation to force national security laws in Hong Kong, effectively crushing the city's autonomy

Added 05-28-20 04:14:02am EST - “China approved new national security legislation for Hong Kong on Thursday in a major blow to the city's autonomy.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “China passes landmark legislation to force national security laws in Hong Kong, effectively crushing the city's autonomy”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

China approved plans to force new national security laws on Hong Kong on Thursday, effectively curtailing the semi-autonomous city's freedoms in a move that has drawn widespread condemnation since it was first discussed last week.

The proposal was voted on by the annual National People's Congress (NPC) on Thursday afternoon, allowing China to unilaterally draft a national security law for Hong Kong. The legislative meeting largely rubber-stamps decisions already made by the top tiers of China's Communist Party.

The next step is for China's top legislative body to draft the official text for the new laws, which Beijing said should be done "at an early date," according to AFP. 

According to state media agency Xinhua, Wang Chen, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the NPC, said that "increasingly notable national security risks" in Hong Kong have prompted China to step in and bypass the city's legislative bodies.

Although he was not specific, his remarks were a clear reference to the protest movement which has roiled the city for much of the past year.

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