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If China sets up regional agencies, Hong Kong government will be under their control

  • May 30, 2020
  • , Yomiuri , p. 7
  • JMH Translation

By Toru Kurata, Rikkyo University professor specializing in Hong Kong politics


China’s introduction of a legal framework for safeguarding national security in Hong Kong will be a major blow to all three branches of the Hong Kong government, which has been permitted a “high degree of autonomy” under the “one country, two systems” policy. If the Chinese authorities in charge of maintaining public order install regional agencies in Hong Kong, they will likely control the Hong Kong government behind the scenes. Because procedures for the introduction of the law will be advanced without going through Hong Kong’s legislature, the Legislative Council (Hong Kong’s assembly) will be weakened and the independence of the judicature will also be in danger.


Hong Kong will not be able to participate in the process leading up to the introduction of the legal framework. A sense of powerlessness may spread among Hong Kong residents as they see the futility of their protests no matter how many they hold. This will add fuel to the spirit of defiance already aflame, and demonstrations may become more extreme.


China supporters and businesspeople in Hong Kong are unanimously welcoming and supporting the introduction of the law, but that is because the Chinese side demands their loyalty. Free economic activities and a fair judicial system are critical for the business community so, in their heart of hearts, they must be concerned.

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