Beijing Unveils Key National Security Appointments for Hong Kong
What’s new: Beijing unveiled its key lineup of top national security officials in Hong Kong on Friday, three days after it enacted a sweeping National Security Law for the special administrative region that was passed by the top decision-making body of its national legislature Tuesday.
Luo Huining, head of the central government’s liaison office in Hong Kong, has been appointed national security adviser to Chief Executive Carrie Lam, who chairs the city’s national security committee.
Zheng Yanxiong, a senior party official from neighboring Guangdong province, has been designated director of the national security office established by the central government under the new national security law in Hong Kong.
Li Jiangzhou, a senior official from China’s public security ministry and Beijing’s current liaison for police affairs in Hong Kong, has been appointed as one of Zheng’s deputies. The other deputy is Sun Qingye, whose previous positions were not immediately made public.
The background: Under the Hong Kong national security law, Luo, also Beijing’s top official in the city, will “sit in” on meetings of the national security committee chaired by Lam. The central government’s national security office in the city has sweeping powers allowing it to “exercise jurisdiction” over cases concerning national security offenses.
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