China unveils details of the Hong Kong national security law

Under Chinese President Xi Jinping, Beijing’s decision to move ahead with the law comes despite strong criticism from Europe and the U.S. 

EU Council President Charles Michel said Tuesday that “We deplore the decision,” according to a Reuters report. 

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has also taken steps toward eliminating Hong Kong’s special trading status with the world’s largest economy, beginning with restrictions on defense exports and access to high technology products. 

Other aspects of the law indicated how Beijing would strengthen its hand in Hong Kong’s affairs.

A national security advisor designated by the central government will sit in on meetings of a Committee for Safeguarding National Security of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the law said.

Hong Kong will also promote national security education through schools and media, according to the law. 

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