China's New National Security Law Rekindles Hong Kong Tension

Headline Roundup May 24th, 2020

A new Chinese national security law is stoking civil unrest in Hong Kong, as people protest measures that reportedly threaten to curtail civil liberties for residents of the semi-autonomous state. The China-Hong Kong relationship has come back into focus alongside concerns about China's management of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, and reports of renewed trade tensions with the U.S.

Many voices throughout the media spectrum, regardless of political bias, framed the situation as an example of another Chinese attempt to exert control over Hong Kong and its residents. Some questioned how the newfound tension, paired with accusations of a Chinese pandemic cover-up and potentially increased U.S. dependence on Chinese imports, will reshape the U.S.-China relationship going forward.

China's New National Security Law Rekindles Hong Kong Tension

From the Center
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OPINION

On this Memorial Day weekend, as we reflect on the brave actions of those who died in battle so that we might live free, it’s also fitting for us to consider the moral causes of our time. One such cause is playing out across the Pacific in the metropolis called Hong Kong.

If that island city seems like a distant land worthy only of someone else’s concern, that might be because it is easy to lose perspective while sitting inside our own borders. The truth is that our economic strength,...

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From the Right
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ANALYSIS

Under cover of the global coronavirus crisis, China is moving to rewrite Asia’s geopolitical map. Beijing has announced it will essentially take control of Hong Kong by directly imposing a sweeping national-security law, bypassing the territory’s elected Legislative Council. Despite repeated assurances by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) that it would abide by the 1984 agreement with Great Britain to allow Hong Kong to maintain a loose independence under the so-called “one-country, two-systems” framework for 50 years after the 1997 turnover, the past decade has seen a steady erosion of...

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From the Left
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ANALYSIS

Thousands of demonstrators filled the streets of downtown Hong Kong on Sunday, defying social distancing protocols to protest Beijing’s announcement of a sweeping new national security law that could unravel many of the civil liberties residents enjoy in the semi-autonomous region of China.

Police used water cannons, tear gas, and pepper spray to disperse protesters, and there were reports of protesters throwing objects like plastic bottles and umbrellas at the police. At least 120 people were arrested.

The protest — the largest in the territory since the spread of coronavirus-caused...

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