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China opens national security office in Hong Kong

July 8, 2020

A week after passing the controversial national security law in Hong Kong, China has inaugurated a new office for its security agency to operate openly in the city.

Hongkong Einweihung Büro Nationale Sicherheit
China security office in Hong KongImage: picture-alliance/Xinhua/L. S. Wai

China on Wednesday inaugurated the new headquarters for its security agency in Hong Kong, a week after imposing a controversial security law. 

"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 news agency reported.

The Metropark Hotel in Hong Kong's bustling causeway bay will now serve as the new base for the agency, though details about the new office are not yet known. 

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According to an AFP reporter, a plaque with the security agency's name was unveiled in the presence of the Hong Kong government and police officials.

Beijing imposed a draconian security law on Hong Kong last week, targeting acts of subversion, secession, terrorism and foreign collusion — measures that could be used to squash dissent on the territory. 

As part of the law, mainland China's security agencies are authorized to operate openly inside Hong Kong, with the power to investigate and prosecute crimes against national security.

dvv/stb (AFP, Reuters)