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China passes controversial national security law for Hong Kong


Beijing, June 30: China has passed the controversial national security law for Hong Kong. This has raised fears that the law could be used to override existing legal processes and also erode the city's civil and political freedom.

The National People's Congress, Beijing's top law making body passed the law unanimously on Tuesday morning, bypassing Hong Kong's legislature.

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China's state run Xinhua had earlier reported that the law would criminalise offences such as secession, subversion agains the central Chinese government, terrorism and colluding with foreign forces.

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