The 23 articles of the Basic Law are enacted, and Chief Executive Li Jiachao, who is almost one year after taking office, said in an exclusive interview with China News Agency that a timetable has been set for legislative work and must be enacted by next year at the latest, adding that the Hong Kong National Security Law and Article 23 only cover a total of 11 crimes, which is "a small witch" compared with the extensive laws of foreign countries aimed at safeguarding national security.


Chief Executive Li Jiachao pointed out that a timetable has been set for the legislative work of Article 23 of the Basic Law, and legislation must be enacted by next year at the latest. (Profile photo/Photo by Zhang Haowei)

Legislation "works in real long-term stability"

Chief Executive Li Jiachao said in an exclusive interview with China News Agency that a timetable has been set for the legislative work of Article 23 of the Basic Law, which will definitely be set during his term of office, and legislation must be enacted this year or at the latest next year. He pointed out that he hoped that Article 23 of the Basic Law would be a successful law if all aspects of its legislation were considered and "truly effective for a long time and in a stable manner". He described legislation as not only a responsibility, but also an end and desired effect.

Lee Ka-chiu added that Article 23 of the Basic Law should refer to all effective methods before determining how to apply it in Hong Kong, mentioning the emergence of new laws in the online world, which has led to many past laws that have been updated, such as the United Kingdom's recent proposal of new laws to safeguard national security. He pointed out that the new changes have also made the government's handling of national security risks constantly evolving and demanding.

Refers to the national security law plus 23 articles, compared with foreign national security laws "small witch to see the big witch"

He said that the national security laws of each country and local are very strict, because the enemies dealt with are very skilled at the national level, mentioning that "the laws of the United States are very strong and many", and said that Article 23 of the Basic Law covers 7 types of crimes and 4 crimes covered by the "Hong Kong National Security Law", and the two do not overlap and have a total of 11 crimes, which is "small and small" compared to the extensive foreign laws aimed at maintaining national security.

As the Hong Kong National Security Law approaches its third anniversary, Lee believes that the social environment has returned to calm, but there are still undercurrents, and he reiterated the need to be careful of national security risks brewing in various fields. He analyzed from a macro perspective that some countries want to target China, and there will be people who want Hong Kong to be unsuccessful, achieve their political goals, and let the country be suppressed, "Some people do destructive work under the red line of breaking the law, it always happens, but to different degrees, so we must always be vigilant."

As for how to prevent national security risks, Li Jiachao analyzed from three areas: first, be wary of the influence of ideology; the second is to be vigilant against destructive forces; Third, the destructive forces will use some pretenses and some so-called opinions in an attempt to sow contradictions and create conflicts. He reminded that these are the usual methods of the "black riot" in 2019, and the destructive forces will find some excuses for no reason, create some illusions, promote some public opinion, and create some atmosphere, so as to achieve the purpose of destruction.

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