Beijing's top diplomat Xie Feng says don't demonize legislationLocal | 25 May 2020 5:32 pm
The Foreign Ministry office in Hong Kong said today that the new national security law for the city will only affect a small number of residents, and for everybody else "there is absolutely no need to panic."
Xie Feng, commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong, made his remarks during a speech on the proposed national security legislation, in which he sought to reassure foreign investors they would not be affected, Reuters reports.
He said some actions during the pro-democracy protests have been "terrorist in nature" and "troublemakers" have colluded with foreign forces, posing "imminent danger" to national security.
"The legislation will alleviate the grave concerns among local and foreign business communities about the violent and terrorist forces," Xie said.
His comments added to a chorus of strengthening government rhetoric against pro-democracy protesters who fear the law will limit people's rights and freedoms.
But Xie said rights will be preserved.
"Do not be intimidated or misled, exploited by those with ulterior motives and in particular, do not be a rumor monger yourself, or join the anti-China forces in stigmatizing or demonising the legislation," he said, addressing "law-abiding citizens and foreign internationals who love Hong Kong"