Hong Kong crisis: China presents security laws banning subversion and separatism squib

Details emerge of security laws Beijing wants to impose, overriding territory’s constitution and prompting threat of US retaliation

China’s proposal for imposing new national security laws on Hong Kong would force the territory to quickly enact legislation that would bar subversion, separatism and other acts against the central government, it has emerged one day after Beijing’s surprise announcement.

The Communist party’s efforts to impose a national security law has been widely interpreted as a move to fully take control over the territory, wracked by pro-democracy protests for the last year. Critics say it will effectively erase the “one country, two systems” framework that is meant to grant Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy.

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