Beijing may enact controversial security law by the end of June

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The official Xinhua News Agency said that the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress would sit for a session from June 28-30 in Beijing.

China’s top law making body confirmed a three-day session for the end of June, increasing the chances of the enactment of the national security law for Hong Kong. The new national security law has caused debate and fears in the region.

On Sunday, the official Xinhua News Agency said that the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress would sit for a session from June 28-30 in Beijing.

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The Xinhua report did not touch upon the Hong Kong national security law among other possible discussion topics however, there are still possibilities it could be on the agenda. 

After Saturday’s meeting,  China released details on the national security law, causing fear among the people that the central government is securing grip on Hong Kong after anti-government protests rose up. 

Security law will give central government control over Beijing

Under the law, a national security office would be set up in Hong Kong by the central government that would accumulate and analyze data in relation to national security. The office would also deal with national security criminal cases.

The Hong Kong courts and police would continue to maintain jurisdiction over most criminal cases in Hong Kong under the law, only allowing the national security office to exercise jurisdiction on “ a tiny number of criminal cases … under specific circumstances.“

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The past month of protests in which demonstrators vandalized the Chinese emblem at the Hong Kong office and trampled on the Chinese flag caused the central government to decide to enact the law.

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