China is proposing to introduce a new security law in Hong Kong that could ban sedition, secession and subversion. The move is likely to provoke strong opposition internationally and in Hong Kong, which was last year rocked by months of pro-democracy protests. China's delayed National People's Congress, its legislature, will debate the issue when it opens on Friday. Chinese media said the move defended national security, but opponents said it could be the "end of Hong Kong".
Demonstrators in Hong Kong have repeatedly protested against what they see as a gradual erosion of the territory's autonomy by the communist lead government in Beijing. The last British governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten, called the move a "comprehensive assault on the city's autonomy". President Donald Trump said the US would react strongly if China followed through with its proposals//(BBC/AFP/Reuters)