Today, Tuesday, the Chinese parliament passed Hong Kong's National Security Law, in a move that will stir controversy over the future of the semi-autonomous former colony.
In a move that ignored Westerners ’calls, the Chinese National Parliament passed the text, which comes a year after the massive demonstrations in Hong Kong against central government authority.
Under the new law, Beijing is expected to set up a national security office in Hong Kong, and to give Chief Executive Carey Lam broad powers to appoint judges.
The law, which faces intense opposition from the street in Hong Kong, allows any invitations to the government to be considered an invitation to terrorism, support for separatism, or incitement aimed at bringing down the central government.
The move comes one day before the 23rd anniversary of the island's return to China, in the form of "one country, two systems."
An unprecedented decision
In an unprecedented decision, Beijing bypassed the Hong Kong local legislature by adopting this law, which raised opposition fears in the city of an unprecedented decline in freedoms since the city was returned to China in 1997.
The text of the law was presented since Sunday to the Standing Committee of the National Parliament, the body affiliated with the Communist Party of China.
The most prominent pro-Beijing party in Hong Kong, the "Democratic Alliance for Hong Kong Prosperity," declared that "the law on national security in Hong Kong has been formally adopted."
Local media in Hong Kong had previously announced the adoption of the law, confirming that the national parliament in Beijing had passed the text unanimously.
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Beijing says the law - which is a response to pro-democracy protests that took place in Hong Kong last year and some turned violent - aims to counter vandalism, terrorism, separatism and collusion with foreign powers.
In contrast, the opposition demanding democracy in Hong Kong and several Western countries, including the United States, as well as the G-7 and the European Union, consider this law an attack on autonomy and freedoms in the city.
For its part, the United States began ending the special status of Hong Kong in US law on Monday, stopping defense exports and reducing the possibility of exporting high-tech products to the city.