Hong Kong citizens celebrate the passage of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) in Causeway Bay of south China's Hong Kong, June 30, 2020. The law was passed at the 20th session of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC). (Xinhua/Wang Shen)
BEIJING, July 4 (Xinhua) -- Some U.S. and Western politicians have recently made false accusations against the Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). Here are one of the rumors they spread, and the facts.
Rumor: The legislation on safeguarding national security in Hong Kong has been unilaterally imposed on Hong Kong by the central government of China.
-- National security legislation has always been a matter concerning the sovereignty of the state and within the purview of the central authorities. The central government of China assumes the primary and ultimate responsibility for safeguarding national security.
-- Article 23 of the Basic Law stipulates that the HKSAR shall enact laws on its own to safeguard national security. Nearly 23 years after Hong Kong's return to China, however, the relevant legislative process is still not materialized due to the sabotage and obstruction by anti-China, destabilizing elements in Hong Kong as well as hostile forces from the outside.
-- Faced with the grave situation in safeguarding national security in Hong Kong, the central government has both the power and the responsibility to promptly plug the loopholes and strengthen the weak links. ■
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