CLIVE HAMILTON: China wants nothing less than a life-and-death battle with the West
Added 05-30-20 03:36:03am EST - “By a majority of 2,878 to one (with six abstentions), The National People's Congress this week rubber-stamped a proposal that will change life for the citizens of Hong Kong for ever.” - Dailymail.co.uk
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The National People’s Congress paved the way for a sweeping new security law — so draconian that it would make even Draco, the ancient Greek legislator from whose name the word is derived, blush. It will be imposed in September, but its repercussions are already being felt.
It criminalises what Beijing deems to be subversion, separatism, terrorism and foreign interference — but that’s only the start.
Clive Hamilton (pictured) says: 'What the new law really does is trash the ‘one country, two systems’ constitutional agreement that China signed with Britain when Hong Kong was handed back to it in 1997'
What the new law really does is trash the ‘one country, two systems’ constitutional agreement that China signed with Britain when Hong Kong was handed back to it in 1997.
This granted the people of Hong Kong freedoms unknown under Communist Party rule in mainland China — the right to self-govern, economic freedom, limited election rights and a separate legal framework.
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