John Lee, the security  chief of Hong Kong, vowed on Wednesday that the partially self-governing city would draft its own national security legislation in 2024, four years before Beijing-China adopted hefty laws geared to dampen scrutiny.

Getty Image.



The Beijing-anointed leader mandated safeguarding of the Chinese city from "external forces" while announcing tactics aimed at reviving Hong Kong's faltering population growth and Covid-ravaged economy in a lecture that lasted exceeding three hours.


"We need to safeguard ourselves from those who intend to incite conflict and always  be vigilant against various forms of'soft resistance,'" stated Lee John, employing a term that Chinese and Hong Kong authorities have begun use in their speeches to signify anti-government protests.


Thousands of people marched through the streets in 2019 as a component of massive rallies in support of democracy that shook the economic center, urging more freedoms and liberty from mainland China.


Beijing retaliated by enacting a national security law that carries life sentences for four serious offenses: secession, subversion, terrorism, and coordination with foreign forces.


The US has sanctioned former security chief turned leader Lee for his part in putting an end to the protests, but Lee declared that Hong Kong would  "stick protecting national security".


The leadership of the government is forging on in lining forth strong laws alternatives and is going to finish the laws operation in 2024 in accordance with our lawful obligation," John Lee stated.

The Core Law, the city's version of a the laws, mandates that Hong Kong enact legislation to tackle seven security-related offenses, such as espionage and treason.


More than 25 years after Hong Kong was returned to Chinese authority, the task—which the city's government frequently refers to as "a constitutional responsibility"—has not yet been completed.#


Residence and procreation

According to Lee, Hong Kong is "set to... resume growth" this year, having finally lifted the severe anti-Covid measures that had isolated the financial hub in April. The economy has grown by 2.2 percent in the first half of 2023, he added.


He announced policies to support the city's failing real estate sector in the face of declining property values, such as halving stamp duty to 7.5 percent for foreign purchasers and Hongkongers purchasing more real estate.

Hong Kong Houses.



A taskforce would also address the "long-standing problem" of subdivided units in the city, which are apartments split into small rooms in frequently run-down buildings.


One of the biggest policy obstacles in Hong Kong is still the lack of affordable housing, a problem that has not been addressed by previous administrations.


 John Lee raised the alarm as well.