Members of the press take photos of Zhang Xiaoming, deputy director of the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, at a media conference in Beijing on July 1. Why was Zhang’s visit to Hong Kong to hear views on extending the term of Hong Kong’s current legislature shrouded in secrecy? Photo: Simon Song Members of the press take photos of Zhang Xiaoming, deputy director of the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, at a media conference in Beijing on July 1. Why was Zhang’s visit to Hong Kong to hear views on extending the term of Hong Kong’s current legislature shrouded in secrecy? Photo: Simon Song
Members of the press take photos of Zhang Xiaoming, deputy director of the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, at a media conference in Beijing on July 1. Why was Zhang’s visit to Hong Kong to hear views on extending the term of Hong Kong’s current legislature shrouded in secrecy? Photo: Simon Song
Michael Chugani
Opinion

Opinion

Michael Chugani

Beijing’s defence of national security in Hong Kong should be open and above board

  • Arrest of four students said to be linked to an overseas-based pro-independence group underlines how far-reaching the national security law can be, and how unclear the red lines are
  • Questions are raised, too, over the postponement of Legco elections and Beijing’s response to the UK’s offer of a citizenship path to Hongkongers

Members of the press take photos of Zhang Xiaoming, deputy director of the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, at a media conference in Beijing on July 1. Why was Zhang’s visit to Hong Kong to hear views on extending the term of Hong Kong’s current legislature shrouded in secrecy? Photo: Simon Song Members of the press take photos of Zhang Xiaoming, deputy director of the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, at a media conference in Beijing on July 1. Why was Zhang’s visit to Hong Kong to hear views on extending the term of Hong Kong’s current legislature shrouded in secrecy? Photo: Simon Song
Members of the press take photos of Zhang Xiaoming, deputy director of the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, at a media conference in Beijing on July 1. Why was Zhang’s visit to Hong Kong to hear views on extending the term of Hong Kong’s current legislature shrouded in secrecy? Photo: Simon Song
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Michael Chugani

Michael Chugani

Michael Chugani is a Hong Kong journalist and TV show host