Adviser says national security law a warning not to cross 'red lines'

Local | 29 Jun 2020 10:52 am

The national security law that mainland China could impose on Hong Kong this week will not need to be used if residents avoid crossing certain “red lines,” according to an adviser to Chief Executive Carrie Lam.

“It really is to warn people: do not cross those red lines, you cannot ask for Hong Kong independence and we do not tolerate terrorist acts like what happened last year during the social unrest,” Bernard Chan, a convener of Hong Kong’s advisory Executive Council, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television today.

“As long as people abide by the law, I suppose we never have to use this piece of legislation,” said Chan, who is also one of Hong Kong’s deputies to the National People’s Congress, which is drafting the law.

Chan said the law will not be retrospective and that Hong Kong’s foreign judges will still be able to rule on sensitive cases.

Any U.S. sanctions in response to the new law would be “lose-lose,” he said.

Chinese lawmakers are meeting in Beijing to discuss the national security legislation, which would bar subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces. A vote could come tomorrow morning, the day before the anniversary of the city’s handover to China in 1997, Now TV News reported.


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