CE meets Xia Baolong in SZ

Chief Executive John Lee briefed CPC Central Committee Hong Kong & Macao Work Office Director and State Council Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office Director Xia Baolong in Shenzhen this morning on the completion of the enactment of local legislation on Basic Law Article 23.


In his briefing on recent work developments, Mr Lee said with the passage of the Safeguarding National Security Bill on March 19, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region sixth-term Government and the seventh Legislative Council have jointly fulfilled the constitutional responsibility and historic mission of legislating for Article 23.


The Safeguarding National Security Ordinance will take effect upon gazettal on March 23, ensuring the effective protection of national security.


Pointing out that with the active and continued support and promotion for the legislative work by those who love the country and Hong Kong, Mr Lee said the legislative exercise has strong popular support and its early completion is a consensus of the Hong Kong community.

He noted that during the public consultation, the Hong Kong SAR Government received over 13,000 submissions of opinions, 98.6% of which showed support and gave positive comments.


The Chief Executive also highlighted that the Hong Kong SAR Government took a result-oriented approach and united the community to jointly accomplish the legislation of the Article 23, saying it was a glorious achievement of the implementation of the “patriots administering Hong Kong” principle.


With the passage of the bill, Hong Kong has established solid fortifications and consolidated its defence wall in the transition from chaos to order, and it can now stride forward confidently on the prosperous path of development, focusing its full attention on developing a vibrant economy and a caring community, he added.


Secretary for Justice Paul Lam, Secretary for Security Tang Ping-keung and Director of the Chief Executive's Office Carol Yip also joined the meeting.

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