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vil rights law, approved by China’s rubber-stamp parliament on Tuesday, makes secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign forces illegal in Hong Kong. Critics say it effectively ends the “one country, two systems” framework that has allowed Hong Kong more freedoms than mainland China since it was handed back by Britain in 1997.

The Chinese government defended the law as necessary to restore stability and security in Hong Kong, which has been rocked by months of pro-democracy protests. Beijing accused Western countries of interfering in China’s internal affairs and attempting to undermine its sovereignty. Chinese officials also warned that they would not tolerate any foreign interference in Hong Kong’s affairs.

The law has sparked widespread international condemnation, with the United States threatening to revoke Hong Kong’s special trading status and the United Nations expressing concerns about potential human rights violations. Critics fear that the new law will be used to crack down on dissidents, activists, and journalists in Hong Kong, further eroding the city’s autonomy and freedom of speech.

The Hong Kong government, which supports the law, has reassured residents that their rights and freedoms will not be affected by the new national security legislation. However, many residents are deeply concerned about the implications of the law and its impact on Hong Kong’s autonomy and rule of law.

Pro-democracy activists have vowed to continue their fight for freedom and democracy, despite the challenges posed by the new security law. They have called for international support and solidarity in their struggle against what they see as a blatant violation of Hong Kong’s rights and freedoms.

The international community must now grapple with how to respond to China’s crackdown on Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms. Some countries have already taken steps to impose sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for the national security law, while others are considering diplomatic and economic measures to pressure China to reverse course. The future of Hong Kong and its autonomy hangs in the balance as China’s grip on the city tightens.

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