OPINIONS Observer: Draft decision on HK national security legislation critical move to maintain stability of 'one country, two systems' principle

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Observer: Draft decision on HK national security legislation critical move to maintain stability of 'one country, two systems' principle

By Ma Wangyuan | People's Daily app

15:12, May 22, 2020

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A draft decision on establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to safeguard national security was submitted to China's national legislature for deliberation on Friday.

The draft is regarded as an important measure to safeguard China's national security, and also a decisive effort to maintain the "one country, two systems" principle.

There is no doubt that Hong Kong has become a risky loophole within China's national security. This has been demonstrated by the rising atrocities carried out by Hong Kong independence activists and extreme separatists who want to destroy the city's society, economy and political system. 

As an added threat, external forces have interfered in Hong Kong affairs and with the coordinated conspiracy from Taiwan separatists, thus enlarging the city’s legislative vulnerabilities. They have not only challenged the bottom line of the "one country, two systems" principle, but have also undermined China's national sovereignty. The benefits of Hong Kong residents will be placed at risk if these crimes are ignored and tolerated.

The conspirators have revealed their plot against Hong Kong to the world. Apple Daily boss Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, who reportedly instigated the protesters to “fight for the US” has since been denounced by many HK residents as an “obedient lackey of US.”

Protestor mastermind Benny Tai Yiu-ting has touted a detailed “road map” on how to force the central government to declare a state-of-emergency in Hong Kong so that Western countries can impose political and economic sanctions on China. Hong Kong's former Chief Secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang has repeatedly sought political resources from Western anti-China forces while following their instructions, asking for instructions and resources. 

All of those deeds have endangered China's national security. Today, Hong Kong faces the danger imposed by the coalition of inside rioters and outside meddlers. They are the biggest threats, and not only to Hong Kong, but also to the "one country, two systems" principle.

It must be pointed out that the "one country, two systems" principle was created to maintain the national unity of China, it is the core value of the principle to safeguard the national security. During the the social unrest last year, radical protesters promoted the slogans like "Hong Kong Independence", "Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of our times", "Referendum", and "Self-determination", which aimed to undermine national unity and split the country. 

They are also charged to desecrate the national flag and deface national emblems. They even laid siege to the building of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR and clamored to achieve independence by establishing armed forces. These acts have severely threatened national security and the "one country, two systems" principles. 

Throughout the protests, black-clad rioters deliberately fabricated the confrontation of China's national security, the legal protection of Hong Kong residents’ rights. Their true intention was to undermine Article 23 of the Basic Law of Hong Kong. They wanted to use Hong Kong as a loophole to upend the “one country, two systems” practice while threatening national security.

Hong Kong has the most vulnerable legal and law enforcement system and the weakest regulations for safeguarding national security of any city worldwide. This is why "Hong Kong independence,” "violence of black-clad rioters" and "mutual destruction" has intensified, and the activities of separation, subversion, infiltration and destruction have remained unbridled. It can be guaranteed that with such legislative loopholes, the "one country, two systems" practice will always be under threat.

China’s central government is authorized to implement national security legislation. When HKSAR security is threatened and damaged, and the city’s government is incapable of implementing proper legislation, the central government can take the initiative to implement legislation at the national level, which will fill in the loopholes on national securityand make sure the "one country, two systems" practice stays to its true course. Such action is a last resort option, but necessary to maintain national security.

With China’s national security safeguarded, Hong Kong will enjoy even better development. To establish and improve the legal system and enforcement mechanism for safeguarding national security in the HKSAR at the national level is the largest and ultimate responsibility of the central government for safeguarding national security and the greatest concern the central government has for the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and the well-being of our compatriots there. 

We have sufficient sincerity and confidence to ensure that the principle of "one country, two systems" will not change or waver, and we have sufficient determination and capability to ensure that the practice of "one country, two systems" will not be distorted or deformed.

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