There has been speculation that China may need to impose its newly passed anti-sanctions law on the two cities to make it effective there, as Beijing tries to hit back against sanctions by the U.S. and its allies.
Senior Chinese officials have also hinted that Beijing could further bolster Hong Kong's security laws.
China's own security law covers 11 types of crimes and covers spying, treason, defection, and leaking state secrets.
In comparison, Hong Kong's security law only covers four crimes: secession, subversion, colluding with foreign forces and engaging in terrorist activities.
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