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CBS News 28 May 2020

China approves controversial national security bill for Hong Kong


Beijing has approved a controversial national security bill impacting Hong Kong, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the U.S. no longer considers Hong Kong to be autonomous from China. CBS News foreign correspondent Ramy Inocencio joins CBSN to talk about the latest.

China's annual parliamentary meeting has been officially opened in Beijing and it's expected that national security legislation for Hong Kong will be discussed during the seven-day session according to the Chinese state news agency Xinhua. Reports say that the National People's Congress (NPC) is to discuss drafting a decision on "Establishing and Improving the Legal System and Enforcement Mechanisms for Hong Kong to Safeguard National Security" at a plenary session on Friday.
Earlier, local media reported that the law could be enacted through Annex III of Hong Kong's basic law.
The legislation is aimed at curbing subversive, secessionist and terrorist activities, as well as foreign intervention in the city's affairs. It follows months of anti-government protests that at times descended into violence in Hong Kong last year.
People in Hong Kong have been voting in an unofficial referendum.
They are deciding whether to stage a strike over a controversial national security law that China's government wants to impose on the territory.
Al Jazeera's Adrian Brown reports.
Taiwan's President has reiterated her support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
It follows the passing of a new national security law for Hong Kong, which critics say takes away their freedoms.
Al Jazeera's Alexi O'Brien reports.

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