National security agency opens in Causeway Bay

Local | 8 Jul 2020 11:57 am

The Office for Safeguarding National Security of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR has been opened this morning.

The four-star Metropark Hotel Causeway Bay on Tung Lo Wan Road is being used as the agency's temporary base to "quickly" begin operations, Eastweek magazine reported yesterday.

The opening ceremony was attended by Liaison Office director and National Security Adviser, Luo Huining, the national security agency's director, Zheng Yanxiong, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and former Chief Executives, Leung Chun-ying and Tung Chee-hwa.

In a speech, Luo said Hong Kong's enforcement mechanism for safeguarding national security has basically been formed, and as a central government agency, it will perform its duties and accept supervision in strict accordance with the law, and will not infringe on the legitimate rights of any individual or organization.

He said the office is "Hong Kong's ambassdor of security" and the "gatekeeper of national security," and that the city can bid farewell to the history of undefended national security and enable the implementation of “One Country, Two Systems” to remain intact and undistorted.

Luo criticized those who are against China and Hong Kong with ulterior motives for stigmatizing the agency, and stressed that the mainland has a sound legal system and good environment for the rule of law.

Zheng said the agency will resolutely perform its duties of maintaining national security in accordance with the law, and strengthen the working ties with the Liaison Office, Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The Chinese People's Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison.

Speaking in Mandarin, Lam pointed out that security law reflects the trust of the central government on the SAR, and that the implementation process needs to be explored and studied. She believes that the central government will retain power to handle very few cases.

Lam also said she looks forward to working with Zheng.

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