China 'has the power' to introduce tough security laws in Hong Kong

January 20, 2015 11:57 AM

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China 'has the power' to introduce tough security laws in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Former Hong Kong leader Tung Chee-hwa said on Tuesday tough Chinese national security laws could be introduced in Hong Kong, stoking fears China may tighten control in its southern financial hub after last year's pro-democracy street protests.

Pro-Beijing politicians and left-leaning newspapers have called for China's draconian national security laws - used by Communist Party authorities to crush dissent - to be implemented in Hong Kong after last year's civil disobedience campaign.

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