Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the controversial Hong Kong national security law Tuesday, hours after it was unanimously passed in parliament, despite criticism from the international community that it fears the former British colony’s special status will end.
Xi has signed Presidential Decree 49, which promotes the People’s Republic of China’s Hong Kong National Security Maintaining Law, which will pursue all activities that are considered “secession,” “subversion,” or “terrorism.” According to the Xinhua news agency.
The new standard has been incorporated into the Hong Kong Basic Law, which is considered the territory’s constitutional text. So it is a far-reaching change that could affect the “one country, two systems” principle, which summarizes the compliance of the law region in the Asian giant.
This principle was shaped when the United Kingdom returned Hong Kong to China in 1997 and implies a guarantee that the Beijing authorities will respect the regime of rights and freedoms enjoyed by the Hong Kong people under British rule.