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White Papers, fact sheets and colour revolutions: Beijing’s new narrative to justify Hong Kong’s national security regime

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Defiant, information-packed White Papers and Fact Sheets have been appearing in a steady sequence during the past year. All target sensitive dimensions of Hong Kong’s political life, and all appear to have a common purpose not immediately apparent from their titles. They are conveying a message meant for Hongkongers as well as the world beyond.

The message is about establishing a new narrative, based on Beijing’s version of events, to serve as the official rationale and justification for Hong Kong’s new national security regime.

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Its inauguration was marked by a National Security Law, promulgated by Beijing for Hong Kong close to midnight, on June 30, 2020. At first glance, the new law seemed not all that fearsome and people breathed sighs of relief when the first copies came down the line next morning, on July 1.  It was a public holiday, anniversary of the 1997 transfer from British to Chinese rule. Rights and freedoms would be protected (article 4).  The law itself is not retroactive (art. 39). That meant transgressions committed before June 30, 2020 would not be prosecuted. Nothing could be further from the truth.      

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