Hong Kong top judicial official denied breach of “One Country, Two Systems” in announcement on Tuesday on co-location arrangement of the express railway connecting Hong Kong and the mainland.
The mainland authority can enforce criminal law in the southern Chinese city, as well as on board of the train in the future, as Hong Kong government will lease part of the Hong Kong-mainland rail link terminus to China for customs, immigration and quarantine procedures.
According to Hong Kong’s mini constitution Basic Law, mainland laws shall not be applied within Hong Kong territory. The arrangement sparked the public and pan-democrats’ concerns on cross-border law enforcement and whether more areas will apply mainland laws in the future.
The express railway connects Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong is due to run by the end of 2018.