Beijing has released details of a controversial anti-sedition law under which China will set up a national security agency in Hong Kong and maintain jurisdiction in “certain circumstances”.
According to a summary of the draft published by state news agency Xinhua:
Hong Kong will establish a committee to be headed by the chief executive and subject to oversight by the central government in China.
Beijing will set up a national security agency overseen by the central government to guide implementation of the law, as well as “collect and analyse national security intelligence”.
China’s National People’s Congress reserves the power to interpret the law.
Hong Kong’s courts will have jurisdiction except in “certain circumstances”, where the national security agency overseen by Beijing, as well as other mainland state security organs, would oversee a “very small number” of cases.
Hong Kong’s department of justice as well as the much maligned police to set up a special unit for national security
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