Beijing envoy Luo Huining sees urgency for Article 23 lawsLocal | 15 Apr 2020 11:15 am
The head of Beijing’s liaison office, Luo Huining, says Hong Kong needs to introduce national security legislation under Article 23 of the Basic Law "as soon as possible," to combat radical violence, foreign interference and pro-independence forces, RTHK reports.
Luo was speaking in a video clip released today to mark "National Security Education Day".
He said maintaining national security means maintaining the fundamental interests of Hong Kong.
The former Shanxi Communist Party secretary who replaced Wang Zhimin as liaison office chief in January alleged that external forces have been seriously intervening in Hong Kong affairs in recent years.
He said the anti-government protest movement which erupted last summer has dealt a major blow to the rule of law.
He said the unrest has been orchestrated by pro-independence and radical violent forces and has seriously threatened national security and the bottom line of the One Country, Two Systems principle.
Luo also said that the ongoing fight against the coronavirus pandemic is also a major national security issue.
Back in February, he had warned that a minority of people in Hong Kong were trying to create divisions amid the outbreak, describing hospital workers who went on strike to demand a full border closure as a "political form of coronavirus".
Public health care security is a major theme of the mainland's campaign for "National Security Education Day," which has been held annually since 2016.
Luo took office after Wang Zhimin as director on January 4.