Zheng Yanxiong, head of the Chinese government’s National Security Bureau in Hong Kong, which was set up under the controversial Beijing National Security Law, swore on Wednesday that his agents would not violate citizens’ rights.
This was expressed during the inauguration of the office, where he also argued that the law was passed “for the common good”. “We will live up to our responsibilities and exercise our powers to maintain national security in accordance with the law,” he added to the South China Morning Post.
The director of the Chinese government liaison office in Hong Kong, Luo Huining, has described the new office as a “national security guard” on the territory and has insisted that it complies with local laws. and will not violate the legal rights of individuals or organizations.
Hong Kong’s Prime Minister Carrie Lam also attended the opening of mainland China office, which aims to enforce national security and will be able to conduct its own investigation.