China opens office in Hong Kong to execute new security law

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Authorities in China have opened their office in Hong Kong where it will execute the new national security law imposed on the semi-autonomous island.

China’s secret police will use the office to monitor communications and arrest offenders to prevent them from running away.

According to AFP, the new HQ overlooks the city’s Victoria Park, a location that has hosted pro-democracy protests for years, including an annual vigil marking Beijing’s deadly Tiananmen crackdown.

Last month, the Republic of China passed the controversial Hong Kong national security law.

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China’s top legislative body approved a national security law for Hong Kong last month in a move that raised tensions between Beijing and foreign governments.

Tam Yiu-chung, Hong Kong’s sole representative to the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, confirmed the law’s passage in an interview broadcast by Hong Kong broadcaster RTHK.

Tam said the law, which targets secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference in Hong Kong, is not “too spicy” and that he believes people won’t be too worried after they see the details.

Critics fear, however, that the law intends to quash dissent in the financial hub, which has been roiled by protests for the past year.

The law was approved unanimously by the standing committee within minutes of the start of its meeting.

However, social media giants such as TikTok, Zoom and other major providers are leaving Hong Kong to avert been caught in the middle of the law.

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