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National security legislation in Hong Kong

n May 28, the National People’s Congress (NPC) of China adopted a decision on establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for safeguarding national security in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) at the national level, which has been closely followed by the international community, including the EU. I noticed that the EU said that it has an interest in Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability under the framework of “one country, two systems.” I wish to point out that in Hong Kong, like in any sub-national region of any country, national security is the prerequisite for social stability and prosperity. The decision of the NPC is aimed at closing national security loopholes in Hong Kong, stopping violence and social disorder that started last summer, creating a more peaceful and stable environment, improving the legal system, and fostering a more predictable business environment for various parties conducting cooperation with Hong Kong, which serves

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