Germany's Heiko Maas: Hong Kong security law 'extremely worrying'

China Enacts Security Law, Asserting Control Over Hong Kong

Those protests evolved into calls for greater democracy, paralysing parts of the city and paving the way for Beijing to directly impose national security law on Hong Kong, a move that has drawn condemnation from some Western governments.

China on Wednesday slammed worldwide criticism over a controversial new national security law for Hong Kong, saying other countries should keep their noses out.

Lam gave her speech, saying the past year - which saw the city paralysed by protests - was "the most severe challenge" in her four decades of civil service, but said she believed such difficulties would pass with support from Beijing.

We encourage you to provide regular information on the human rights situation in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, in order to safeguard the rights and freedoms which are guaranteed under global law. "It's none of your business".

But it said it needed more time to determine whether Beijing has breached its "One Country, Two Systems" promise.

"We are completely able to impose the criminal law, the criminal procedure and the national security law and other national laws on Hong Kong".

"We are allowing the long arms of the Chinese Communist Party to reach Hong Kong".

Police said in a message displayed on a purple banner: "You are displaying flags or banners/chanting slogans/or conducting yourselves with an intent such as secession or subversion, which may constitute offences under the. national security law".

The law requires Hong Kong to carry out "national security education" - a particularly controversial element given local resistance to propaganda in schools.

The Trump administration has also said it will bar defense exports to Hong Kong and will soon require licenses for the sale of items that have both civilian and military uses.

"We remain in touch with our global partners on this matter and will pay careful attention to how to respond". "The legitimate rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents can also be better exercised in a safe environment", it continued. "But Beijing's paranoia and fear of its own people's aspirations have led it to eviscerate the very foundation of the territory's success, turning "One Country, Two Systems" into 'One Country, One System, '" he added.

"The legislation will protect the majority of people who abide by the laws", Lam said.

"We will be looking at the law very carefully and we will want to scrutinise it properly to understand whether it is in conflict with the Joint Declaration between the United Kingdom and China". "The eyes of the world will remain on Hong Kong".

He added that Britain is raising the issue at the UN Human Rights Council.

We urge the Chinese and Hong Kong Governments to reconsider the imposition of this legislation and to engage Hong Kong's people, institutions and judiciary to prevent further erosion of the rights and freedoms that the people of Hong Kong have enjoyed for many years. Instead, in the weeks leading up to the law's passage, even proponents in Hong Kong were left to parse scant details fro Chinese state media about what the law would entail.

The Democratic Party said the legislation marked the end of "One Country, Two Systems" and "completely destroys Hong Kong's judicial independence".

In a separate statement, the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR said the promulgation and implementation of the law at the occasion of the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland is an event worth celebrating for all Chinese people, including Hong Kong compatriots.

Australia's foreign minister, Marise Payne, again expressed "deep concern".

"I think the opposition fronts in Hong Kong should seriously reflect on themselves and make some adjustment", Zhang Xiaoming told reporters Wednesday.

There is concern in Hong Kong that the prohibition of "terrorist activity" will be applied broadly and arbitrarily.

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