China im­poses feared HK se­cu­rity law

Arab News - - News Internatio­nal - AFP

China im­posed a sweep­ing na­tional se­cu­rity law on Hong Kong Tues­day, a his­toric move that crit­ics and many Western gov­ern­ments fear will smother the fi­nance hub’s free­doms and hol­low out its au­ton­omy.

As the law was signed by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping lit­tle more than six weeks af­ter it was first un­veiled, Bei­jing de­scribed it as a “sword” hang­ing over the heads of those who en­dan­ger na­tional se­cu­rity.

The con­tents of the law have so far been kept se­cret from Hong Kong’s 7.5 mil­lion in­hab­i­tants, spark­ing alarm, anger and fear.

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