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China’s parliament passes Hong Kong national security law, report says

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China’s parliament has passed new national security legislation for Hong Kong that critics warned would rob the territory of its autonomy, the city’s Cable TV has reported.

The move sets the stage for the most radical change to the former British colony’s way of life since it returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

Citing an unidentified source, Cable TV said the law was passed unanimously by the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress.

Beijing introduced the law in response to last year’s often-violent pro-democracy protests in the city. It will tackle subversion, terrorism, separatism and collusion with foreign forces, officials had said.

A draft of the law, which will come into force as soon as it is gazetted in Hong Kong, is yet to be published.

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