October 24, 2021

China’s spy agencies are coming to Hong Kong

China’s spy agencies are coming to Hong Kong

China’s spy agencies are coming to Hong Kong

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian
Zach Dorfman of the Aspen Institute

09 June 2020

Chinese intelligence officers have been covertly operating in Hong Kong for years, but Hong Kong’s new national security law means Beijing’s spies will likely establish a more official presence there.

Why it matters: Allowing mainland China’s security and intelligence services to operate with impunity in Hong Kong would dramatically reduce the political freedoms enshrined in the “one country, two systems” agreement that was supposed to provide the region with a high degree of autonomy until 2047. This could endanger Hong Kong-based pro-democracy figures and other local anti-Communist Party dissidents.

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