PTI, Beijing / Hong Kong
Updated Wed, 01 Jul 2020 08:54 AM IST
Donald Trump and Xi Jinping
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Amid global outrage and resentment in Hong Kong, Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday signed a disputed security law that gives Beijing new powers in relation to Hong Kong. Under this law, the presence of Chinese security forces in Hong Kong will be ensured.
On Tuesday, the 162-member standing committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) of the Chinese Parliament unanimously approved the National Security Act for Hong Kong. Soon after it was approved, Jinping signed the law with which the law became enforceable.
In a statement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Washington would stop exporting defense equipment manufactured in the US to Hong Kong, with Beijing moving ahead with its new national security law, and would lift similar restrictions on defense technology. .
Reacting strongly to this, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that “Hong Kong’s national security law is an internal matter of China and no external country has any right to interfere in it”.