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China's new Hong Kong security agency pops up in four-star hotel

Building by Victoria Park becomes base for secretive operations overnight

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam unveils the new security office on July 8 with Chinese officials and pro-Beijing heavyweights.   © Jiji/FP

HONG KONG -- Overnight, a four-star hotel near Hong Kong's prime shopping district has become the command center for a newly established national security office.

The swift transformation was carefully planned and executed on Tuesday night, not unlike the way Beijing's national security law itself was formulated in secrecy and thrust upon Hong Kong at the end of last month.

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