The vice-president of Beijing's top think tank on Hong Kong says whether the territory enacts Article 23 is becoming irrelevant to national security, because Beijing is determined to exercise its own power to protect the state.
Speaking to reporters after attending a radio programme, Professor Lau Siu-kai said the National People’s Congress Standing Committee’s (NPCSC) decision to interpret article 104 of the Basic Law last year to bar separatists from entering the legislature is just one example of how Beijing is taking matters into its own hands.
The vice-chairman of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macau Studies added that he does not believe the incoming Carrie Lam administration will implement Article 23 of the Basic Law anytime soon, as Lam is determined to avoid issues of political controversy that will further divide society.
Last week, the chairman of the NPCSC, Zhang Dejiang, said Hong Kong must enact national security laws and that Beijing would soon hand down details about how it will consolidate its sovereignty here, including its power over the Chief Executive and other officials.
Lau said Zhang's statement is directed more at the events that took place in Hong Kong recently, like calls for independence and the Occupy movement.
Lau told RTHK's Janice Wong that whether Article 23 is enacted or not, Beijing will take action whenever something happens that threatens national security.