The current national security law defines four crimes — secession, subversion, terrorism, and colluding with foreign forces — and offenders can face up to life in prison.
But on Wednesday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam confirmed that her government would create new "local legislation" that meets Article 23 of Hong Kong's mini-constitution, which calls for the city to pass its national security laws.
Ms. Lam did not outline what the new crimes would be. But the specific offenses Article 23 lists are treason, secession, sedition, subversion, and theft of state secrets. It also includes prohibiting any foreign political organizations from conducting activities in Hong Kong or local political organizations establishing ties with similar overseas bodies.
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