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HKSAR chief executive calls for support for national security legislation

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Added On May 30, 2020

Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), has appealed for Hong Kong residents' full understanding and support for the national legislature's decision on national security legislation for Hong Kong.

In a published letter to all residents, Carrie Lam said since its return, Hong Kong has been enjoying a high degree of autonomy and unique advantages under "one country, two systems".

Over the past year, the Hong Kong community has been traumatized as violence by rioters has escalated, with illegal firearms and explosives posing a terrorist threat.
 
Lam pointed out that the current legal system and enforcement mechanisms for Hong Kong to safeguard national security are inadequate or even "defenseless", as Hong Kong has yet to enact laws to curb acts that threaten national security in accordance with Article 23 of the Basic Law despite returning to the motherland for 23 years.
 
She said the NPC decision is an exercise of the authority and duty of the central authorities.
 
It also demonstrates the commitment of the central government to fully and accurately implement "one country, two systems" policy as well as its care for Hong Kong people.
 
Lam said it will only target an extremely small minority of illegal and criminal acts and activities, while the life and property, basic rights and freedoms of the overwhelming majority of residents will be protected.
 
The Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR said Friday that it firmly supports the HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam and the HKSAR government in assuming the responsibility of safeguarding national security, bringing peace back to Hong Kong at an early date, and refocusing on the economic development and improvement of people's livelihood.