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Centre for Geopolitics

Providing historically-grounded solutions to enduring geopolitical problems

The implementation of the National Security Law on 1 July 2020 marks the end of the “One Country, Two Systems” framework agreed upon by Deng Xiaoping and the British government for the historic 1997 handover of Hong Kong to Chinese rule. Building on the inexorable momentum of Beijing in exercising arbitrary power to crack down against political dissent in recent years, the new law imposes harsh penalties on civil disobedience and reaches beyond the borders of the PRC to criminalise critical foreign voices. Instead of leading the way for China’s political reform, pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong now faces the very real prospect of extermination by the coercive apparatus of the Chinese Communist Party. The panel will discuss the legal and societal responses to the National Security Law, and suggest an urgent stake for the international society to take a stance on China’s breach of treaty obligations and the rights of the people of Hong Kong.


Johannes Chan Man-mun – Chair Professor of Public Law, Hong Kong University

Isabel Hilton – Founder and Editor of China Dialogue

I-Chung Lai – President of the Prospect Foundation, Taiwan

Charles Parton – Senior Associate Fellow, Royal United Services Institute


Dr Kun-Chin Lin – Deputy Director, Centre for Geopolitics and University Lecturer in Politics, University of Cambridge


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Tuesday, 18 August, 2020 - 10:00 to 11:00
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