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China ‘has the power’ to introduce tough security laws in Hong Kong

Former Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa addresses a news conference in Hong Kong September 3, 2014.

Former Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa addresses a news conference in Hong Kong September 3, 2014.

Former Hong Kong leader Tung Chee-hwa said on Tuesday tough Chinese national security laws could be introduced in Hong Kong, stoking fears China may tighten control in its southern financial hub after last year’s pro-democracy street protests.
Pro-Beijing politicians and left-leaning newspapers have called for China’s draconian national security laws – used by Communist Party authorities to crush dissent – to be implemented in Hong Kong after last year’s civil disobedience campaign.

Tens of thousands of student-led protesters camped out on major roads for over two months in a push for direct elections without Chinese curbs.

Hong Kong, a former British colony, returned to Chinese rule in 1997 and enjoys wide-ranging freedoms under a so-called “one country two systems” arrangement. Beijing has allowed elections for choosing the next chief executive, but wants to screen candidates first.

Chinese leaders, including President Xi Jinping, were openly mocked in banners and posters during the street campaign for trampling on the city’s freedoms.

“In the Basic Law, the central government has the power to take Chinese laws and introduce them into Hong Kong,” Tung told reporters, referring to the city’s mini-constitution, when asked whether China’s national security laws should be implemented.

Some legal scholars have said such a move would breach Hong Kong’s autonomy.

Tung, the first Hong Kong chief executive after the 1997 handover, has close ties to Xi and is technically a national leader as deputy chairman of the country’s highest consultative body, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

Tung tried to push through so-called “Article 23” national security laws in 2003, but the proposal, which many saw as a grave threat to the city’s autonomy, provoked a mass protest and the laws were shelved.

Article 23 of the Basic Law states that Hong Kong should enact its own laws to “prohibit any acts of treason, secession, sedition, subversion” against the Chinese government.

Tung reiterated Hong Kong had a responsibility eventually to enact Article 23 laws to protect the interests of a rising China.

“This is not a question of time, the (Article 23) laws will be enacted one day,” he told reporters.

On Sunday, senior Hong Kong and mainland officials including incumbent Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying and his wife, inaugurated a new “army cadet group” modelled on China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

The official China Daily newspaper showed photographs of young cadets marching at a PLA army base in Hong Kong, wearing green PLA-style uniforms.

Democratic lawmakers slammed the move as a sign of a Beijing’s hardline, post-protest campaign of creeping control to counter the youth-led democracy movement by “brainwashing’ students through military training.

Source: Reuters “China ‘has the power’ to introduce tough security laws in Hong Kong”


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Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee



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