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Why Hong Kong’s new national security law is a coup dressed up in statute

Be under no illusions as to what this sweepingly-drafted law means: it could catch almost any act of dissent, anywhere in the world

No consultation: Carrie Lam holds a copy of the new national security legislation. Photo:© JEROME FAVRE/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

The new national security law that Beijing has imposed upon Hong Kong amounts to an alarming legal and ideological takeover. If the drafting is deliberately broad, China’s aggressive ambition is wider still. The stated aim includes safeguarding the “sovereignty, unification and territorial integrity of the People’s Republic of China,” in which Hong Kong is formally a “special administrative region,” run according to its own distinct rules since the British ceded sovereignty in…

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