End Of Hong Kong Autonomy?
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Since 1997, Hong Kong has operated under semi-autonomous rule and mini constitution, called Hong Kong’s Basic Law, allowing freedom of press and assembly. It was guaranteed and agreed between Britain and China that Hong Kong would maintain its autonomy until 2047. But on May 21, 2020, Beijing signaled that it would impose a sweeping national security law in Hong Kong, bypassing city legislature. This law would allow Beijing to override the city’s constitutional autonomy over local affairs whenever it chooses.
The opening day of China’s National People’s Congress in Beijing focused on a controversial security law for Hong Kong that would likely ban treason, subversion and sedition. The proposed “enforcement mechanisms,” have faced significant backlash from the US, Taiwan and pro-democracy figures in Hong Kong. “This is the end of Hong Kong, this is the end of ‘One Country, Two Systems’, make no mistake about it,” Hong Kong Civic Party lawmaker Dennis Kwok told reporters. DW talks to Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong on the current situation, in the video “China moves to end Hong Kong’s autonomy, DW News“, below:
On May 21, 2020, signs emerged indicating Beijing could be preparing to override Hong Kong’s constitutional autonomy over local affairs, Dennis Kwok, Hong Kong Legislator speaks in the video “Beijing signals the end of Hong Kong’s ‘one country, two systems’ framework“, below:
Hong Kong pro-democrats stage a protest at the legislature following Beijing’s move to impose a new security law on the city after last year’s pro-democracy unrest. After the meeting, pro-democracy lawmaker Dennis Kwok says the changes throw the city state’s rule of law into question, in the video “Pro-democracy lawmaker warns of “end of Hong Kong“, below:
Legislators of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) will deliberate on a bill reviewing a draft decision of the NPC on establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to safeguard national security, NPC spokesman Zhang Yesui said at a press conference on Thursday. Zhang stressed that safeguarding national security serves the fundamental interests of all Chinese people, including Hong Kong compatriots, in the video “NPC to deliberate HKSAR-related bill for national security“, below:
Hong Kong activists called on Friday for people to rise up against Beijing’s plans to impose national security legislation in the city, prompting alarm that the new laws could erode its freedoms through “force and fear.” in the video “Activists call for Hong Kong to rise up against new security laws“, below:
Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong talks to Sky News about China’s announced plans for a new security law, in the video “New security law could be ‘the end of Hong Kong’“, below:
There were scuffles during Hong Kong’s Legislative Council meeting as pro-democracy lawmakers protested against China’s new security law, in the video “Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy Lawmakers Protest Against China’s New Security Law“, below:
More than a dozen pro-democracy lawmakers and other activists protested at a police station to the legislature following Beijing’s move to impose a new security law on the city after last year’s pro-democracy unrest, in the video ““The end of Hon gkong”: Activists protest against China’s national security law proposal“, below:
Ian Bremmer, Eurasia Group, joins ‘Closing Bell’ to discuss the ongoing tensions between Hong Kong, U.S. and China and how it could play into the markets, in the video “How growing tensions between Hong Kong, U.S. and China impact markets“, below:
Hong Kong Legislative Council Member Claudia Mo discusses China’s move to impose a national security law on Hong Kong and what it would mean for the city. She speaks on “Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia.” in the video “This Marks the End of Hong Kong: Legco’s Claudia Mo“, below:
In the video “The End of Hong Kong?“, below:
So, will the British government be able to negotiate for a post-agreement measure acceptable to both the Chinese government and Hong Kongers that would allow this final transitional period into 2047 to be tolerable? Will various nations of democracy be able to share their home of democracy with more Hong Kongers who were raised with freedom and spirit of democracy?
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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