China’s first step towards consolidating the Hong Kong law

China’s first step towards consolidating the Hong Kong law

The Chinese government plans to create a special bureau in Hong Kong.

On Saturday June 20th, Xinhua News Agency, the state led media agency, announced the Chinese government’s intentions to establish a national security bureau in Hong Kong. The purpose of the institution would be to fortify their ability to exert power in the semi-autonomous territory once the national security law is passed.

In addition, the report stated that all governmental agencies in Hong Kong would have to report directly to the Chinese authorities. An executive director would also be assigned to run the bureau in order to ensure the protection of their national interests in the territory. The new national security office would closely monitor Hong Kong and “provide comments and suggestions for major strategies and policies,” according to the media statement.

This come days after the G7 released an official statement in response to Chinese’s new legislation. A few weeks ago, the Chinese Parliament announced the potential passing of a new bill called the national security law that would give China certain power over Hong Kong. The news caused a wave of reactions amongst the entire international community

On June 17th the members of G7 issued a media note that urged China to comply with the international norms and respect Hong Kong’s partial autonomy. They stated that they “are … extremely concerned that this action would curtail and threaten the fundamental rights and freedoms of all the population protected by the rule of law and the existence of an independent justice system.”

This further escalates the tension between China and the member nations. The Chinese government has spoken out regarding the involvement of other countries and strongly advice the nations to stop interfering in their internal affairs. The proposal to develop a security institution in Hong Kong shows how China is choosing to continue the implementation of this law despite the external pressure they have to withdraw the legislation.

The G7 nations have yet to comment in regards to the new plans.

Sophie Velloso

Sophie Velloso is studying International Relations at Richmond the American International University in London. She is focusing her studies in the areas of transnational public affairs. She has an interest in geopolitics, international security, and sustainable development.