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Three years ago China passed a national security law and designated 15th April as National Security Education Day. Mainland law does not apply in Hong Kong but last Sunday, the Hong Kong Policy Research Institute organised a high-profile symposium to mark this day. Speakers took it as an opportunity to attack law academic Benny Tai’s s remarks on independence at a seminar in Taiwan last month, and to put extra pressure on the SAR to enact its own national security law. With me in the studio is the former leader of the Liberal Party, James Tien. I should add that we also asked a number of individuals who have supported introducing a National Security Law to talk to us, but they declined.
Within ten days in March, there were three suspicious fires at the Nam Sang Wai wetlands, affecting more than 12 hectares of land. Less than a month later, there was a fourth. This one damaged a small ferry pier and a boat. Police and fire fighters say the fires are suspicious. The wetland has been in the sights of developers for some time.
Among the reasons for the suspicion about these fires is the fact that reducing the ecological value of areas makes it easier to get permission for development. This is what’s known as the strategy of “destroy first, build later”.
Well, that’s it from us for this week. We’ll end with footage of this week’s visit to Hong by retired Chinese official, Qiao Xiaoyang to speak at a seminar on the Basic Law.
This is the second seminar of this kind within a week, and you may be thrilled to learn that there are probably many more to come. In part this is because the government has poured almost HK$24 million, 30% more than last year, into training civil servants to understand the correct nationalist perspective.
Correct, of course, is what we do at The Pulse so we’ll correctly see you next week.