Top Beijing official Xia Baolong says HK as a gaping hole to national security can’t go unnoticed

Hong Kong | 16 Jul 2021 1:02 pm

The head of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, Xia Baolong, said Hong Kong as a gaping hole to national security is intolerable and cannot go unnoticed, according to Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor.

Xia had delivered a speech at a seminar this morning on the city’s national security law, with the seminar being livestreamed across three venues in Beijing, Macau, and a Hong Kong hotel.

About 300 people had attended, including Chief Executive Carrie Lam, Hong Kong deputies to the National People's Congress, and members of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

Speaking to reporters after the seminar, Lam said Xia’s one-hour speech had reviewed the national security law in Hong Kong, with Xia saying that the law had brought immediate results, restoring stability in the city.

The Hong Kong leader said she agreed to Xia that Hong Kong has become an obvious gaping hole in national security and presented significant risks to the country.

“We all had our lessons from what happened in 2019 over the disturbances arising from the proposed legislative amendments to the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance, with the Hong Kong society understanding the potential risks the city presented to the country must be dealt with,” said Lam.

Lam also said Xia had hit back at western politicians and media during the seminar over the slandering of the national security law.

She said the top Beijing official had high expectations on Hong Kong to safeguard national security, with him calling on the city’s officials to keep up the work with the Candidate Eligibility Review Committee, a committee responsible for reviewing and confirming the eligibility of candidates for Election Committee membership, the office of Chief Executive and membership of the Legislative Council.

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