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Scholar who said ‘Hong Kong belongs to the world’ refutes pro-Beijing press claim she may have violated security law

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A Hong Kong social science scholar has refuted accusations that she disseminated pro-independence messages after state-run newspapers criticised her speech at a webinar.

Professor Lee Ching-kwan – the director of Global China Center at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) – said that “Hong Kong belongs to the world” during an online forum in May. Her remarks were slammed by the pro-Beijing Wen Wei Po and Ta Kung Pao as being “pro-independence” and potentially in violation of the national security law.

Lee Ching-kwan. Photo: Youtube screenshot.

Lee was one of the speakers together with activist in-exile Nathan Law, pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong and law scholar Benny Tai at a webinar titled “Is this the end of ‘One Country Two Systems’?” organised by the Hong Kong Democracy Council on May 26. The Beijing-imposed security law came into effect on June 30 and does not have retrospective effect.

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