Daphne Bramham: China’s plans mean an end to Hong Kong as we know it

Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protesters hold signs as pro-China counter-protesters gather behind them during opposing rallies in Vancouver last August.

China’s imposition of a security law on Hong Kong kills any hope for the continued autonomy of the special administrative region and destroys any remaining dream that Hong Kong might be a template for the mainland’s democratization or changes to the ruling Communist party.

The draft law, which is expected to be rubber-stamped by the Chinese parliament next week, would supplant Hong Kong’s own security law making acts of secession, subversion (undermining the authority of the central government), terrorism or interference by foreign forces in Hong Kong criminal acts under Chinese law and tried in China’s courts.

Hong Kong’s own police and security forces would also be supplanted by China’s security organizations, raising fears of unlawful detentions, disappearances and even tanks rolling down the streets of the global financial capital that has thrived due to its robust adherence to the rule of law.

Canada, Australia and Britain denounced the bill in a joint statement on Friday.

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Source:: Vancouver Sun – World

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