China opens new Hong Kong security agency headquarters

World News

HONG KONG: China on Wednesday opened a new workplace for its security brokers to function brazenly in Hong Kong for the primary time below a tricky new regulation, remodeling a lodge into the drive’s headquarters.
“The Office for Safeguarding National Security of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region was inaugurated here on Wednesday morning,” China’s official Xinhua information agency mentioned.
The new base is the Metropark Hotel, a skyscraper overlooking Hong Kong’s Victoria Park.
A plaque bearing the security agency’s identify was unveiled early Wednesday in entrance of Hong Kong authorities and police officers, an AFP reporter on the scene mentioned.
Police blocked roads across the lodge and surrounded it with heavy water-filled limitations.
A Chinese flag was unfurled on a pole erected exterior the constructing whereas a plaque bearing the symbol of the People’s Republic of China went up in a single day.
Beijing imposed a new security regulation on Hong Kong final week concentrating on acts of subversion, secession, terrorism and overseas collusion.
The regulation is probably the most radical change in Hong Kong’s freedoms and autonomy since Britain handed the town again to China in 1997.
The content material of the regulation was saved secret till it was enacted and bypassed Hong Kong’s legislature.
China has mentioned it’s going to have jurisdiction over probably the most severe instances, toppling the authorized firewall that has existed between its party-controlled courts and Hong Kong’s unbiased judiciary for the reason that handover from Britain in 1997.
Among the various precedent-breaking provisions the regulation accommodates is authorisation for China’s security equipment to work brazenly inside Hong Kong, with powers to analyze and prosecute nationwide security crimes.