Chinese lawmakers endorse Hong Kong national security law

(AP) — China’s legislature has endorsed a national security law for Hong Kong that has triggered new protests in the territory and strained relations with the United States and Britain.

The National People’s Congress backed the bill as it wrapped up an annual session that was held under intensive anti-coronavirus controls.

The Hong Kong security law will alter the territory’s mini-constitution, or Basic Law, to require its government to enforce measures to be decided later by Chinese leaders. Activists in Hong Kong say the law will undermine civil liberties and might be used to suppress political activity.

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