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China could set-up Hong Kong intelligence agency under security law - former leader

BEIJING - China s new national security law may be used to establish a domestic intelligence agency in Hong Kong similar to the colonial-era Special Branch, the territory s former leader, Leung Chun-ying, said on Saturday. China s parliament, the National People s Congress, announced on Thursday a draft decision on establishing and improving a legal system and enforcement mechanism for Hong Kong to safeguard national security . In an interview with Reuters, Leung referred to the British colonial era Special Branch, which was dismantled before the territory was handed over to Chinese rule in 1997. Singapore has a Special Branch. We don t. America has all kinds of law enforcement agencies that are tasked to deal with national security threats. We don t. So it s not surprising that as part of the efforts to fill the national security legal gap, we need to have a body, he said. REUTERS


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