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Embassy Spokesperson's Remarks on National Security Legislation for Hong Kong SAR

Question: A decision has been made to include Hong Kong SAR national security legislation in the agenda of the upcoming Session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) of China. What is the consideration for the draft decision?

Spokesperson: The deliberation of a draft decision on establishing and improving the legal system in Hong Kong to safeguard national security has been included in the agenda of the Third Session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC), scheduled to open on May 22, Friday. The spokesperson for the Session said at a press conference.

National security is the essential precondition for a country's survival and development. Safeguarding national security serves the fundamental interests of all Chinese including Hong Kong compatriots.

The Hong Kong SAR is an inseparable part of the People's Republic of China, and the NPC is the highest organ of state power. In light of the new circumstances and need, it is highly necessary for the NPC to exercise the power enshrined in the Constitution to establish and improve at the state level the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the Hong Kong SAR to safeguard national security, and to uphold and improve the institutional framework of "one country, two systems".

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