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CBS News 3 Jul 2020

Controversial security law takes effect in Hong Kong

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A controversial new security law has taken effect in Hong Kong. It was implemented by the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing, and many argue the law curtails freedom of speech and diminishes Hong Kong's political and economic autonomy. Isaac Stone Fish, a CBSN contributor and a senior fellow at the Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations, joined CBSN for a closer look at the law.


China's controversial national security law, designed to keep Hong Kong in line after last year's massive protests, came into full effect overnight with police arresting hundreds of people. The law criminalizes support for splitting Hong Kong from China, overthrowing the city's government, or colluding with foreign powers -- both in Hong Kong and also around the world. CBS News Asia correspondent Ramy Inocencio reports.
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.

Up to 3 million people in Hong Kong are to be granted new rights to live and work in the UK. The decision follows China's imposition of a new security law which makes it a crime to undermine Beijing's authority.

Boris Johnson denounced the legislation as a "clear and serious breach" of the 1985 Sino-British joint declaration, which set out how certain freedoms would be protected for 50 years after China took over sovereignty of Hong Kong in 1997.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting from China Correspondent John Sudworth.

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