Tue, 04 Aug 2020

People attend a campaign in support of the national security legislation for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) in Hong Kong, south China, May 24, 2020. (Xinhua/Lui Siu Wai)

BEIJING, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Some U.S. and Western politicians have recently made false accusations against the Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). Here are one of the rumors they spread, and the facts.

Rumor: The law may include vaguely-defined crimes that could be used by Chinese national security organs to suppress the public.

Facts:

-- The law only targets four categories of offences that severely endanger national security, far less than dozens of national security crimes stipulated by laws in countries such as the United States and Britain.

-- Enforcement of the law will strictly follow legal provisions, conform to the procedures stipulated by law, and respect the lawful rights and interests of individuals and organizations.

-- The Office for Safeguarding National Security of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR will perform its mandate in strict compliance with the law and be subject to supervision in accordance with the law.

-- Countries including the United States, Britain, Canada and Australia have all established stringent legal systems safeguarding national security, taking a tough stance in cracking down on national security crimes. ■

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