China has finally passed a controversial security law according to which it will enjoy new powers over Hong Kong.
The country had announced last month that it will impose the law according to which any act of secession, subversion, terrorism, or collusion with foreign forces will be criminalized.
The decision comes amid protests that took place last year, flickered by another law that became a pro-democracy movement.
China has not officially announced the law has been passed, the billing document has not made public yet. However, certain measures have been revealed.
According to the security law, any act of secession, subversion of the central government, terrorism, and collusion with foreign or external forces will be made criminal.
A new national security office in Hong Kong would examine the national security cases, but it will also enjoy other powers such as monitoring national security education in Hong Kong schools.
Hong Kong can perform most enforcement under the new law, but Beijing will be capable of overruling the Hong Kong officials in some cases.
Analysts say the new law can badly affect Hong Kong’s identity. The country’s judicial independence and sovereignty can be affected by Chinese law.
China said the law is necessary to deal with separatist activity, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign elements.
The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress in Beijing has passed the bill on Tuesday morning. It will be implemented from Wednesday, which marks the anniversary of the handover from Britain to China and is usually marked by large-scale political protests.
According to the international news agency, Hong Kong was given to China from British control in 1997 under a unique agreement that granted certain freedoms.