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China’s Top Official in Hong Kong Urges Enacting National Security Law

Luo Huining
Luo HuiningPhotographer: Justin Chin/Bloomberg

China’s new top official in Hong Kong urged the city to enact national security legislation, raising speculation that Beijing might renew its push for a bill that prompted mass protests almost two decades ago.

Luo Huining, who was appointed earlier this month to lead China’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong, wrote in the Communist Party’s People’s Daily newspaper Monday that “external forces will infiltrate China without inhibition” if the city failed to pass such legislation. Luo cited the neighboring former colony of Macau and its adoption of a strict national security law as a model.