China to establish national security bureau in Hong Kong

first_imgIn addition, bodies in all Hong Kong government departments, from finance to immigration, will be directly answerable to the central government in Beijing, the official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday. BEIJING – China plans to establish a special bureau in Hong Kong to investigate and prosecute crimes considered threatening to national security, according to details of a controversial new national security law Beijing is imposing on the semi-autonomous territory. The announcement increases concerns that China’s communist government will continue to tighten its grip on Hong Kong. Beijing has said it is determined to press ahead with the national security legislation – which has been strongly criticized as undermining the Asian financial hub’s legal and political institutions – despite heavy criticism from within Hong Kong and abroad. (AP)center_img Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong poses for a photo after an interview as he attends an activity for the upcoming Legislative Council elections in Hong Kong Saturday, June 20, 2020. AP/Vincent Yulast_img

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