China’s bold step in Hong Kong raises question of U.S. response
hong kong — Secret police, surveillance, arbitrary detentions, propaganda in classrooms — all of these will be coming to Hong Kong under a far-reaching national security law Beijing is unilaterally imposing on the territory.
Details of the measure submitted to China’s rubber-stamp legislature on Friday specify that the Communist Party can deploy “relevant national security organs” to Hong Kong, giving legal cover for the first time for the mainland security apparatus to operate in the previously autonomous financial center.
With approval expected within a week, Beijing will be empowered to target its critics in the former British colony, as it has done on the Chinese mainland. Actions that once shocked, such as the kidnapping of booksellers from Hong Kong in 2015, will be legal — and perhaps routine.