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Chinese President Xi Jinping today enacted the controversial national security law for Hong Kong, the state news agency Xinhua reported.

The rule, which introduces the biggest changes to Hong Kong’s legal framework and way of life since the former British colony was returned to China in 1997, had been passed hours earlier by the National People’s Congress, the Chinese Parliament.

Its critics consider it to deal a fatal blow to the freedoms regime that China promised to guarantee until 2047 in the autonomous territory.

Although it was not published yet, it is expected to be added to Hong Kong statutes today, a day before the 23rd anniversary of the return, a date that is often commemorated with pro-democratic protests.

The norm criminalizes secession, subversion, and collusion with foreign forces, and restricts the right to protest and freedom of expression.

It is unknown what penalties it imposes, although its detractors fear that it includes life imprisonment.

Too authorizes, for the first time since the enclave’s return to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, the operation of mainland China’s security services in the former British colony.

Its approval unleashed harsh diplomatic friction with the United States, the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom, highly critical of the measure.

Washington had warned it would withdraw Hong Kong’s special trade status, considering that the new law eliminates the high degree of autonomy. of the enclave agreed by Beijing, a threat he carried out yesterday, according to Wilbur Ross, the US Secretary of Commerce.

Ross said the decision was made at the risk of “sensitive” US technology being diverted to Chinese authorities.

The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, for his part, called the decision “deplorable”, while the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, affirmed that the bloc is studying response measures with international partners.

The Japanese government, meanwhile, described the approval of the law as “extremely regrettable,” CNN reported.

On the anniversary of tomorrow’s return, the police banned, for public health reasons due to the coronavirus pandemic, the protests and protests announced in Hong Kong.

The legislation was processed at an unusual speed from its announcement last month to its enactment 40 days later.

During the procedure, little details were released.

At a brief press conference in Hong Kong, the head of the self-government, Carrie Lam, did not respond to questions about the new measure, saying it “would not be appropriate” for her to respond as the meeting continued in the Chinese capital.

The measure may also affect the Hong Kong legislative elections next September, since it allows the disabling of some opposition representatives as candidates, at a time when figures from the pro-democratic sector – for the first time – had the appearance of achieving a majority in the local Parliament.

The 1984 Sino-British Declaration, which served to agree to the return of Hong Kong from British hands to China in 1997, established the maintenance for 50 years from that date of a series of unimaginable freedoms in this territory in mainland China.

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ESPNs Adrian Wojnarowski Drops F-Bomb On Sen. Josh Hawley Via Email, Later Apologizes

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski — a noted basketball journalist whose frequent breaking news stories about the NBA have famously come to be known in fan and media circles as “Woj Bombs” — has issued an apology to Republican Senator Josh Hawley after writing “F*ck you” in an email to the Missouri legislator.

The conflict arose quickly on July 10 after Hawley tweeted a picture of an email his office had sent to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in which the senator took the league to task for failing to support protesters in Hong Kong and other groups, i.e. the military and police, as it currently makes moves to do so on behalf of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“If @NBA is going to put social cause statements on uniforms, why not ‘Support our Troops’ or ‘Back the Blue’? Or given how much $$ @nba makes in #China, how about ‘Free Hong Kong’!” he wrote in the tweet itself. “Today I wrote to Adam Silver to ask for answers.”

In response to Hawley’s letter to Silver and accompanying tweet, Wojnarowski was compelled to send his email, which contained nothing but the aforementioned text and a “Sent from my iPhone” footer. Wojnarowski’s email was subsequently made public by the senator on Twitter in the form of a screenshot.

“Don’t criticize #China or express support for law enforcement to @espn. It makes them real mad,” added Hawley in the tweet.

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Wojnarowski did not deny that he had sent the senator the email or double down on his attack after being outed, instead offering a prompt apology to the senator, as well as his employer, via Twitter.

“I was disrespectful and I made a regrettable mistake. I’m sorry for the way I handled myself and I am reaching out immediately to Senator Howley to apologize directly,” he wrote. “I also need to apologize to my ESPN colleagues because I know my actions were unacceptable and should not reflect on any of them.”

Hawley’s letter referred to the NBA drawing widespread criticism in October of last year for failing to show support for the people of Hong Kong as they protested a proposed legal measure that would have allowed for the extradition of Hong Kong citizens to China in order to face trial. Those protests spurred a deeper movement against police brutality and the Chinese government seemingly threatening the region’s autonomy.

After Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey expressed support for the movement on social media, the league elected to disavow his comments and apologize for the offense they may have caused people in China.

As shared previously by The Inquisitr, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joined politicians on both sides of the aisle in decrying efforts by the Chinese government to push the extradition bill.

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