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China releases new details on Hong Kong national security law

June 21, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A pedestrian wearing a protective mask walks past a government-sponsored advertisement promoting a new national security law China plans to enact in Hong Kong banner in Hong Kong, China, on Friday, June 19, 2020. China's top legislative body began deliberations on June 18 on national security legislation for Hong Kong, moving ahead with a proposal that democracy advocates, business groups and foreign governments have warned threatens to erode the financial centers unique freedoms. Photographer: Chan Long Hei/Bloomberg via Getty Images

China revealed a blueprint on Saturday night for a controversial new national security law, which critics say threatens political and civil freedoms in Hong Kong and broadens Beijing's direct control over the semi-autonomous city.

(CNN)China revealed a blueprint on Saturday night for a controversial new national security law, which critics say threatens political and civil freedoms in Hong Kong and broadens Beijing's direct control over the semi-autonomous city.

Under the sweeping draft legislation, Beijing would be able to override Hong Kong's prized independent legal system and mainland officials will establish a national security office in Hong Kong, further eroding the city's autonomy.

The draft, which is being reviewed by China's top legislature, allows Hong Kong's top official to handpick which judges hear national security cases, according to state-run Xinhua news agency, jeopardizing the city's treasured independent judiciary.

Beijing's national security office in Hong Kong will guide and supervise local officials' policing of national security, and will also "collect and analyze national security intelligence," Xinhua reported on Saturday.

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