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Thu May 21, 2020, 11:43 PM

'This is the end of Hong Kong': China pushes controversial security laws

China plans to push through sweeping national security laws for Hong Kong at its annual meeting of parliament, in a move that critics say will effectively end the territory’s autonomy.

Beijing has been making it clear it wants new security legislation passed since huge pro-democracy protests last year plunged Hong Kong into its deepest turmoil since it returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

“National security is the bedrock underpinning the stability of the country,” said Zhang Yesui, spokesman for the National People’s Congress (NPC), the annual meeting of parliament that kicks off its full session on Friday.

Zhang announced that delegates at the NPC – a largely rubber-stamping exercise – would “establish and improve a legal framework and mechanism for safeguarding national security” in Hong Kong.

Condemnation of the proposal was swift, amid fears it could erase the “one country, two systems” framework that is supposed to grant the territory a high degree of autonomy.

“This is the end of Hong Kong,” said the pro-democracy Honk Kong legislator Dennis Kwok. “Beijing, the Central People’s Government, has completely breached its promise to the Hong Kong people ... They are completely walking back on their obligation.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/china-proposes-controversial-national-security-law-for-hong-kong

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Fri May 22, 2020, 01:33 AM

1. Communists lie....all the time.

Hong Kong should have never left the British.

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Response to Grumpy Pickle (Reply #1)

Fri May 22, 2020, 07:34 AM

5. The British left Hong Kong when their 99-year lease ended

By the 1820s and 1830s, the British had conquered parts of India and had intentions of growing cotton in these lands to offset the amount of cotton they were buying from America. When this endeavour failed, the British realised they could grow poppies at an incredible rate. These poppies could then be turned into opium, which the Chinese highly desired, but their laws prohibited. So the British plan was grow poppies in India, convert it into opium, smuggle the opium in China and trade it for tea, and sell the tea back in Britain. The illegal opium trade was highly successful, and the drug was very profitably smuggled into China in extremely large volumes.

The United Kingdom obtained control over portions of Hong Kong's territory through three treaties concluded with Qing China after the Opium Wars:

1842 Treaty of Nanking: Hong Kong Island ceded in perpetuity
1860 Convention of Peking: Kowloon Peninsula and Stonecutter's Island additionally ceded
1898 Convention for the Extension of Hong Kong Territory: the New Territories and outlying islands leased for 99 years until 1997

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handover_of_Hong_Kong

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Fri May 22, 2020, 01:44 AM

2. Who didnt think this would eventually happen? Not our problem.

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Fri May 22, 2020, 01:55 AM

3. I worked with a guy who was born in China but ended up living in Hong Kong. ...

He decided to get out before the Chinese cracked down so he immigrated here. Smart move.

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Fri May 22, 2020, 02:56 AM

4. China can/will do what it wants.

USA messing around in the China Sea don't scare them.

It only made them more aggressive in developing defensive systems, which, besides securing their own country better, has provided them with income from other nations around the globe purchasing weapons they cannot get elsewhere.

I think we should leave the dragon alone . . .

They are not that much different than us North Americans . . .

They will ferociously defend their country

'nuff said

CC

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