The details of China's new national security law set to be imposed on Hong Kong were released Saturday. Not surprisingly, they appear to represent a threat to the city's autonomy and could profoundly impact the way the world views life in the bustling financial hub, which was plunged into crisis a year ago.
Although the language employed in the explanation of the new law pays lip service to judicial independence and the right of Hong Kong citizens to exercise free speech and protest, the details seem to tell a different story.
For example, Hong Kong will be required to establish a new committee, which Xinhua says will "assume the main responsibility for maintaining national security, and accepts the supervision and accountability of the Central People's Government". The committee will be "advised" by Beijing.
Additionally, it sounds as though China will set up its own national security apparatus in the city, which will "analyze and judge the situation, provide opinions and suggestions on major strategies and supervise, guide, coordinate, and support the implementation of the maintenance of national security".
Further, the central government's national security arm in Hong Ko
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