People pose for photos at the Golden Lotus Square (Xinhua/Li Jing)

Government says ‘firmly supports’ decision of central gov’t to safeguard national security

The Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) government said on Saturday that it “firmly supports” the decision of the central government to safeguard national security.

The government was responding to a draft decision on establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to safeguard national security which has been submitted to the third session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) for deliberation.

The government said national security is the “cornerstone for bringing peace and stability to the country and plays a critical role in ensuring the country’s long-term peace and stability and maintaining the long-term prosperity, development and stability of the Hong Kong SAR and the Macao SAR”.

“Safeguarding national sovereignty, security and development interests is the sacred obligation and due responsibility of the Chinese people, including the majority of Hong Kong and Macao citizens”, it said.