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Top legislator confident of seeing HK legislation through
By Xinhua
Monday, May 25, 2020, 22:58 By Xinhua

Li Zhanshu, chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, delivers a work report of the 13th NPC Standing Committee during the second plenary meeting of the third session of the 13th NPC at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 25, 2020. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

China's top legislator Li Zhanshu Monday said he is confident of completing the important legislative task on safeguarding national security for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

I am confident that through the joint efforts of all deputies, we will be able to complete this important legislative task so as to provide a stronger legal guarantee for safeguarding our nation's sovereignty, security, and development interests as well as ensuring Hong Kong's long-term prosperity and stability.

 Li Zhanshu, chairman of the National People's Congress Standing Committee 

Li, chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, made the remarks when he delivered a report on the work of the committee to the third session of the 13th NPC for deliberation.

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"I am confident that through the joint efforts of all deputies, we will be able to complete this important legislative task so as to provide a stronger legal guarantee for safeguarding our nation's sovereignty, security, and development interests as well as ensuring Hong Kong's long-term prosperity and stability," Li said in the report.

A draft decision on establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the HKSAR to safeguard national security is under deliberation at the session.

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The legislation represents a major move taken under new circumstances for upholding and improving the system of institutions of "one country, two systems," for maintaining law-based governance of Hong Kong, and for safeguarding the special administrative region's constitutional order as defined in the Constitution and the Basic Law, according to the report.

It serves the fundamental interests of all Chinese, including Hong Kong compatriots, according to the report.

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It also said that China's top legislature will work to safeguard the constitutional order in Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions.

"Remaining committed to upholding law-based governance in Hong Kong and Macao, we will work to safeguard constitutional order in the two special administrative regions as stipulated in China's Constitution and the basic laws, refine the system for interpreting the basic laws by the NPC Standing Committee, and establish a sound legal system and effective enforcement mechanisms at the national level for safeguarding national security in the two regions," reads the report.

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Leaders of the Communist Party of China and the state joined lawmakers and political advisors in deliberating and discussing a draft decision on the HKSAR, at the annual sessions of the national legislature and political advisory body.

To establish and improve at the state level the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the HKSAR to safeguard national security is a necessary move to plug Hong Kong's legal loopholes in national security, said the leaders. The move will ensure the steady and enduring development of "one country, two systems," the leaders said.

Political advisors and lawmakers vowed to safeguard national sovereignty and Hong Kong's prosperity and stability to further the cause of "one country, two systems".



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