Hong Kong protests: Chinese parliament votes to approve controversial security law

Adam Withnall

China's rubber-stamp parliament has voted overwhelmingly to approve a controversial new national security law that will be imposed upon Hong Kong, a move which critics say undermines the city's autonomy.

The new law, details of which are yet to be finalised, will make it a criminal offence in Hong Kong to undermine Beijing's authority through "any act of treason, secession, sedition or subversion", and will allow China's national intelligence agencies to set up bureaux in the city.

Delegates to the Chinese National People's Congress (NPC) passed the proposal with 2,878 votes in favour. One delegate voted against, and six abstained.

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