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China looks to set up national security agencies in Hong Kong

Nicolle Liu and Joe Leahy in Hong Kong

China’s national security agencies will set up operations directly in Hong Kong under proposed new subversion laws that critics say pose a grave threat to the territory’s political and legal autonomy. The planned legal changes, unveiled at the National People’s Congress on Friday, the annual session of China’s rubber stamp parliament, would target subversion, terrorism and foreign influence in Hong Kong. “When needed, relevant national security organs of the Central People's Government will set up agencies in [Hong Kong] to fulfil relevant duties to safeguard national security,” said Chinese official Wang Chen in a speech at the NPC, according to Xinhua, China’s state-owned news agency.