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Hong Kong National Security Law passed in Beijing


The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) on Tuesday passed the Hong Kong National Security Law, the Hong Kong edition of the South China Morning Post reported.

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The publication, referring to its sources, reported that the law was unanimously adopted by 162 members of the standing committee.

Consideration of the bill submitted by the NPC session in May was launched by the committee on Sunday. According to sources, the law will be promulgated on Tuesday afternoon by the Xinhua News Agency and will enter into force on Wednesday.

Various terms of imprisonment up to life imprisonment are provided for violations of this law, wrote editor-in-chief of the Beijing newspaper Global Times. He did not give other details, noting that it is based on information received from people familiar with the text of the law.

The law defines obligations of the central government of the country and responsibility of the Hong Kong authorities for ensuring the national security of the special administrative region, provides for punishment for four main types of crimes: separatist activities, undermining state power, terrorist activities, conspiring with foreign states or forces located abroad, with the purpose of harming national security.

The decision to pass a law on Hong Kong caused a wave of criticism of Beijing from the United States and Western countries, Washington imposed visa restrictions on Chinese officials.

source: scmp.com