The Presidential Office says that China’s planned introduction of a national security law for Hong Kong poses a threat to Hong Kong’s freedom and democracy.
China’s rubber stamp National People’s Congress opened its annual session Thursday. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang says his government will establish sound legal systems and enforcement mechanisms for safeguarding national security in Hong Kong.
On Friday, Presidential Office Spokesman Alex Huang urged Beijing and the Hong Kong government to respond to public demands for freedom and democracy rather than imposing restrictions. He also called for dialogue with Hong Kong’s people.
Huang said China’s plan indicates that its “one country, two systems” formula is a violation of freedom and democracy, which will only deepen Taiwan’s determination to safeguard its freedom, democracy, and sovereignty.