Hong Kong Leader Says Controversial Security Law is Nothing to Worry About

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam dismisses concerns over rights

But he gave no indication his government is willing to actually act to protect the 300,000 Canadians living in Hong Kong or to protect the country's democracy from being dismantled.

In nearby Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wen said her government was "closely watching developments" and would offer the "necessary assistance" to the people of Hong Kong. O'Brien argued that by introducing the new law, Beijing was violating its own promise to grant the island significant autonomy.

Hong Kong's government is bound by Article 23 of the Basic Law - its mini-constitution - to enact laws to prohibit any act of treason, secession, sedition or subversion against China.

Xie Feng, commissioner of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong, made his remarks during a speech on proposed national security legislation in Hong Kong, in which he sought to reassure foreign investors they would not be affected.

Britain, which ruled Hong Kong until returning it to China in 1997, said it was deeply concerned by a law it said would undermine the "one country, two systems" principle under which Hong Kong is governed.

The pro-democracy supporters began a peaceful protest in the city on Sunday, where just in the first 25 minutes, police fired the first round of tear gas.

According to White House officials, if China does approve that law then USA sanctions are likely to follow.

Since June past year, China's state-run media have repeatedly portrayed Hong Kong protesters as a "small number of people", among them "rioters" and "radicals", arguing that the "majority" of Hongkongers support Beijing's hopes that the protests will come to an end.

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"In the last 23 years, whenever people anxious about Hong Kong's freedom of speech and freedom of expression and protest, time and again, Hong Kong has proven that we uphold and preserve those values". Also, President Donald Trump has threatened sanctions against China for its actions against Hong Kong.

Its output also parroted the views of the pro-Beijing Hong Kong government without giving sufficient airtime to people with alternative views, while focusing on economic disruption to businesses rather than the reason they were being disrupted.

Lam tried again Tuesday to defend a new national security law that China's parliament is going to impose on Hong Kong.

She repeated claims that the law would only target "a minority", citing concerns about terrorism and subversion.

Lam also said Tuesday that Hong Kong's karaoke parlors, night clubs, bath houses and party rooms, which have been shuttered as part of measures to contain the coronavirus, will be able to reopen after May 28 and that airport transit service will gradually resume from June 1.

The legislation's announcement followed months of often violent pro-democracy protests that rocked the semi-autonomous region starting last summer but have simmered for months amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Japan Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said, "China continues to announce big defence spending increases and we urge it to be transparent about that spending, its military strength and national defence policy".

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