China News Service, July 6 (Xinhua) According to the website of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s National Security Committee (National Security Council) held its first meeting on the 6th. All members attended, and the National Security Adviser appointed by the Central People’s Government attended the meeting.
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Commission for the Maintenance of National Security, chaired by the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Lin Zheng Yue'e (front row), held its first meeting. National Security Advisor Luo Huining (front row, second from left) attended the meeting. Everyone took a group photo before the meeting. (Pic: Hong Kong SAR Government website)
According to Article 12 of the Law of the People's Republic of China on the Maintenance of National Security of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region established the National Security Maintenance Committee on July 3.
The National Security Council is chaired by the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Lin Zheng Yue'e. The members include the Chief Secretary for Administration Zhang Jianzong, the Financial Secretary Chen Maobo, the Secretary for Justice Zheng Ruohua, the Secretary for Security Li Jiachao, the Director of Police Deng Bingqiang, the Deputy Director (National Security ) Liu Cihui, Director of the Immigration Department Jiahong Hong, Customs Commissioner Deng Yihai and Director of the Chief Executive’s Office Chen Guoji. Chen Guoji also served as Secretary General of the National Security Committee.
According to Article 15 of the "National Security Law", the National Security Commission has established a national security adviser to provide advice on matters related to the National Security Commission's performance of its duties to maintain national security, and will attend the National Security Council meeting. The State Council earlier decided to appoint Luo Huining as national security adviser.
According to Article 14 of the National Security Law, the responsibility of the National Security Council is to analyze and judge the situation of safeguarding the national security of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, to plan related work, to formulate policies for safeguarding the national security of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; ; Coordinate the key work and major actions of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to maintain national security.
Article 14 of the National Security Law also clearly stipulates that the work of the National Security Council shall not be interfered by any other agencies, organizations and individuals in the SAR, the work information shall not be disclosed, and the decisions made shall not be subject to judicial review.