China to restrict visas for some Americans over Hong Kong row

China to restrict visas for some Americans over Hong Kong row

The top Japanese government spokesman said the reported enactment of the national security law was "regrettable", noting it would hurt worldwide confidence in the "one country, two systems" principle governing Beijing's approach to the former British colony. The administration is also considering moves that would further unravel the special trade privileges that Hong Kong has enjoyed since handover on the grounds that it was not under the control of the Chinese government.

The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a bill to impose sanctions on businesses and individuals - including the police - that undermine Hong Kong's autonomy or restrict freedoms promised to the city's residents.

Former 2014 pro-democracy movement leader Joshua Wong resigned as leader of Demosisto, the political group he founded in the wake of the Occupy Central movement. "Hong Kong will become just another Mainland Chinese city".

Demisisto said its current operations were "unsustainable" in the current political climate.

Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told reporters he shared the "deep concern" of the global community and the people of Hong Kong over the measure.

Tony Chung, founder of the Studentlocalism activist group, announced his group would disband and that he would withdraw from political activism.

Zhu warned the DPP authority against interfering in Hong Kong affairs, saying that the law will help thwart its attempts to collude with those who want to sow chaos in Hong Kong.

"I have no choice based on [the new] political reality".

Civil liberties, including the right to protest, freedom of speech and the independence of the judiciary, were enshrined in the Basic Law, Hong Kong's mini-constitution that came into effect with the end of British control in 1997.

Britain has said the security law would violate China's worldwide obligations and its handover agreement.

Leading a terrorist organization carries a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison, but it's unclear what sorts of organizations that designation will apply to.

State news agency Xinhua has reported that the law will target acts of "secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign or external forces that endanger national security".

China to restrict visas for some Americans over Hong Kong row

The 50-year agreement is said to implement a "one country, two systems" principle, because it offers Hong Kong rights and freedoms that do not exist in mainland China.

Only a handful of Hong Kong delegates to the national legislature saw a draft of the law before its passage, a major point of contention, with many in the city decrying the lack of transparency given the legislation's far-reaching consequences.

Lam declined to comment on the news on, however.

"We are deeply concerned by unconfirmed reports that Beijing has passed the national security law".

Police later cordoned off different areas of the mall, including the atrium, detaining and searching several protesters.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said she was "very disappointed" by China's move, adding that it showed the "one country, two systems" formula, which Beijing has mooted as a basis for unification with the mainland, "was not feasible".

The national security law could drastically curb protests and other criticisms of the Chinese government, infringing on an arrangement that has made Hong Kong, which China ceded to Britain in 1842 and which ceased being a British colony in 1997, autonomous in many respects.

"From now on, we have to learn how to survive under a dictatorship." Michael said he and many of his friends have been deleting social media posts in case they are implicated under the new law. The station says the group's operations will be kept under wraps and its decisions can not be challenged by courts in Hong Kong.

Authorities in Beijing and Hong Kong have repeatedly said the legislation is aimed at a few "troublemakers" and will not affect rights and freedoms, nor investor interests.

"The United States is forced to take this action to protect us national security", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.

Zoom in: The law describes the bureaucratic and organizational outlines of the new security state. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.