China is set to present a contentious Hong Kong sedition law at its parliament. This will be the most important political event of the year in the country.
The mini-constitution allows Hong Kong to pass security laws to avert treason, secession, and sedition. But no such laws have been enacted and Beijing now pushes for it for the first time.
As it has been in most cases, the annual National people congress has been approving decisions already taken by the communist leadership with no problems. So, it is a high chance the law will be rubber-stamped.
Moreover, what can make the situation more rabble-rousing is that Beijing could in philosophy, solely sidestep Hong Kong’s elected lawmakers and enact the changes.
Hong Kong is a special administrative area of China. There has been one country, two system policy since 1997. This sometimes gives Hong Kong, certain freedom that the other of china don’t have.
Some pro-democracy activists fear that the sedition law could mean an end of Hong Kong because the law could be an effective end of its autonomy and the freedoms that it has been enjoying.
Last year, there was a series of violent protests and public fury over demand for democratic reforms in Hong Kong, and the Chinese leaders believe the sedition law will help avoid a repeat of similar protests.
The basic law requires the Hong Kong government to pass national security legislation. However, in 2003 such an attempt failed after a crowd of about 500 000 people took to the street to protest in opposition.
And this is one of the reasons why this latest attempt is causing outrage among pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong. Several pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have spoken out in despondency principally bothered that this step signifies an end for Hong Kong’s freedoms.
Joshua Wong, a student activist, and politician posted on twitter saying that the law is a weapon by Beijing to silence Hong Kong’s critical voices with force and fear. In Hong Kong there has been a higher degree of democracy and free speech than in mainland China.
On Thursday, one legislator referred the law as the most controversial in Hong Kong since the handover.
Civic Party lawmaker, Dennis Kwok said that if the law passes, it implies the one country-two system policy will be officially erased and this will be the end of Hong Kong.
The US has also weighed this china’s sedition law and said it could be highly destabilizing and in return will undermine china’s obligations.
The US president, Donald Trump said they would strongly act in response if it went through without giving further details for why it could be so. Trump’s administration is currently working on whether to prolong Hong Kong’s preferential trading and investment privileges.
If the law passes, china could place it in Annex III of the Basic Law, which comprises of the national laws that must be instigated in Hong Kong either by legislator or decree.
Lena Wood graduated from John Carroll University in the year 2002. She born and grown up in Dallas but later she moved to Cleveland for Studying. Lena has written for several major publications including Community Newspapers and News Desk. Lena is a community Reporter and also Covers National Topics.