Na­tional se­cu­rity leg­is­la­tion tai­lored to safe­guard ‘one coun­try, two sys­tems’

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT -

The mas­ter­minds, bankroller­s, in­sti­ga­tors and per­pe­tra­tors of the vi­o­lent anti-govern­ment ac­tiv­i­ties in Hong Kong have been jolted out of the illusion that they would suc­ceed in achiev­ing their out­landish po­lit­i­cal ob­jec­tives after the na­tional se­cu­rity law was pro­mul­gated by the govern­ment of the spe­cial ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gion on Tues­day.

As the Hong Kong po­lice made clear with a ban­ner they em­ployed on Wed­nes­day, those “dis­play­ing flags or ban­ners/chant­ing slo­gans/or con­duct­ing (them­selves) with an in­tent such as se­ces­sion or sub­ver­sion” may be ar­rested and pros­e­cuted for of­fenses un­der the na­tional se­cu­rity law.

It is no won­der that many once ea­ger at­ten­tion seek­ers with such in­tents are now scram­bling to dis­tance them­selves from their past ac­tiv­i­ties, al­though there is a stip­u­la­tion in the law that it can­not be ap­plied ret­ro­spec­tively.

The re­ac­tion to the law com­ing into ef­fect by those ad­vo­cat­ing the four types of crim­i­nal be­hav­ior that threaten na­tional se­cu­rity should leave no doubt that it is a sine qua non.

As Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of the HKSAR Car­rie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said, en­act­ment of the law marks a turn­ing point for Hong Kong. By putting an end to the chaos that had pushed the SAR to the brink of an abyss, it will en­able it to get back on the right track of so­cioe­co­nomic developmen­t and tackle the deep-rooted prob­lems that were the dry tin­der to which the rad­i­cal el­e­ments ap­plied sparks.

Those for­eign gov­ern­ments and politi­cians who are hos­tile to China have of course taken is­sue with the law. They are seem­ingly in­ured to how pre­pos­ter­ous their pos­tur­ing is.

But what­ever these de­trac­tors claim to the con­trary, the en­act­ment of the na­tional se­cu­rity law is a nat­u­ral developmen­t for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of “one coun­try, two sys­tems”, as it closes loop­holes in the SAR’s le­gal frame­work.

If the cen­tral au­thor­i­ties had wanted “one coun­try, one sys­tem” as the law’s de­trac­tors claim, then it would have been sim­ple for na­tional laws to be im­posed upon Hong Kong, as Zhang Xiaom­ing, deputy head of the Hong Kong and Ma­cao Af­fairs Of­fice of the State Coun­cil, said at a news con­fer­ence.

“Why would we need to put so much ef­fort into for­mu­lat­ing a na­tional se­cu­rity law tai­lor-made for Hong Kong?”

And as he said, it also demon­strates the cen­tral govern­ment’s po­lit­i­cal tol­er­ance, as its pur­pose is not to tar­get Hong Kong's op­po­si­tion camp “as the en­emy”.

In­deed, any im­par­tial ob­server should have no dif­fi­culty in see­ing that the law is aimed at strength­en­ing Hong Kong’s le­gal frame­work and bring­ing an end to the vi­o­lent ram­pages and so­cial un­rest that have plagued Hong Kong for over a year, be­com­ing ever more de­struc­tive.

The en­act­ment of the law her­alds the dawn of a new era for Hong Kong.

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