Justice has a long reach - law enforcement action must be taken resolutely to safeguard national security
The Hong Kong national security law, promulgated and implemented three years ago, has pushed Hong Kong for a major turn from chaos to order, playing an important role of "a law stabilising Hong Kong". However, it must also be noted that Hong Kong today still faces serious national security risks, of which the most pronounced lies in that some anti-China and trouble-making elements who have fled overseas collude with overseas anti-China organisations and politicians to incessantly engage in illegal activities of inciting subversion, posing a serious threat to Hong Kong's development environment. It must be pointed out that for such crimes, the Hong Kong national security law has extraterritorial effect. Hence law enforcement authorities should resolutely grab the legal arsenal and take necessary actions to firmly safeguard national security.
For a long period of time, Hong Kong had remained undefended with regard to safeguarding national security. The riots by black-clad mobsters in 2019 even pushed Hong Kong to the verge of the abyss of perdition. At such a crucial moment, fortunately, the Central Government took resolute action to legislate a law for Hong Kong to safeguard national security. The law produced an immediate effect upon its promulgation and implementation. Facts convincingly prove that the legislation and implementation of the Hong Kong national security law is fully in accord with Hong Kong's reality, enabling the SAR to transit from chaos to order and then advance to prosperity. As Hong Kong citizens say, the implementation of the Hong Kong national security law is a "watershed" marking Hong Kong's transition from chaos to order, and protects Hong Kong's prosperity and stability. For an extremely minority of people damaging national security, this law is like a "sword of Damocles" hanging over their heads. For the absolute majority of citizens including foreigners living in Hong Kong, this law is their "guardian angel".
The effectiveness of the Hong Kong national security law is beyond doubt. But at the same time, we must be soberly aware that having such a law is not meant Hong Kong is free of worries. As a matter of fact, Hong Kong faces new circumstacnes, new challenges and new problems when safeguarding national security is concerned. The crux of the matter lies in that major changes have taken place in the forms, means and channels of damaging national security. What is noteworthy in particular is that anti-China and trouble-making elements who have fled overseas now collude with foreign anti-China politicians and organisations and do everything possible to smear the Hong Kong national law and continue inciting sedition and jeopardising Hong Kong's rule of law and peace.
Such crimes are committed mainly in two ways. One is in the cyberspace to spread the words of instigating violence or advocating "independence for Hong Kong" in all kinds of forms and through all kinds of carriers, attempting deliberately to drive a wedge between Hong Kong and the Mainland and bring damage to Hong Kong's social stability. The second is in some places overseas, some fugitive mobsters and anti-China and trouble-making politicians, such as Nathan Law Kwun-chung, Ted Hui Chi-fung and Dennis Kwok Wing-hang, have the impudence to act as Western anti-China forces' hatchet men and do everything possible to smear the Hong Kong national security law and collude with anti-China politicians to advocate sanctions against SAR officials and judges. Whenever some Hong Kong government official travels abroad, there is also a group of trouble-making fugitives following them everywhere like ants pursuing a stink. Behind the recent attempt by some American politicians to block Chie Executive John Lee Ka-chiu from attending the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) meeting to be held in the United States at the end of this year, the silhouettes of some trouble-making elements fleeing from Hong Kong could be noticed. Such evil acts have a seriously negative impact on the environment for Hong Kong's safeguarding national security.
Such anti-China and trouble-making elements fleeing overseas from Hong Kong dare to act so arrogantly because, on the one hand, they are self-assured for having the backing of foreign forces, and, on the other hand, they mistakenly think they are out of the Hong Kong national security law's jurisdiction since they are outside the SAR. However, it is ignorant to think this way. Article 37 of the national security law unambiguously stipulates: "This Law shall apply to a person who is a permanent resident of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or an incorporated or unincorporated body such as a company or an organisation which is set up in the Region if the person or the body commits an offence under this Law outside the Region." This means the national law has extraterritorial effect. So no one should think they could do whatever they want to as long as they are not in Hong Kong. Anyone who breaks the law leaves traces and cannot escape the law. Even if they do not come back to Hong Kong, the national security law gives sufficient empowerment. What is to be paid will be paid eventually.
The original intention of legislating the Hong Kong national security law is exactly to safeguard national security, to defend "one country two systems", and for the betterment of Hong Kong and of the vast majority of Hong Kong people. The law empowers the SAR to safeguard national security. At the same time, safeguarding national security is also the SAR's constitutional responsibility and obligation. Hong Kong citizens from all walks of life believe that the SAR Government and authorities concerned will dutifully perform their duties and take action resolutely to heave-handedly crack down on unlawful acts of damaging national security.