Registry data have recently shown that China’s national security agency in Hong Kong bought a luxury villa for $65 million (HK$508 million). The villa is in an exclusive neighborhood perched on a hill above the city.
As the Straits Times reported, the purchase was made in October.
According to local media, the sale set a record for the most expensive residence sold per square foot in the Kowloon district.
The almost 7,200 square feet (666 square meters) mansion contains a garden, a lift, five bedrooms, and three parking spaces.
A Land Registry document revealed the buyer of the villa at the Mont Rouge residential project in the Beacon Hill district. It was the Office for Safeguarding National Security of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
In July 2020, Beijing set up a national security office in Hong Kong due to massive and sometimes violent democracy protests.
According to NPR’s article in 2020, China’s Hong Kong National Security Law allows China to establish a “National Security Committee” to supervise any investigations and prosecutions.
Zhang Xiaoming, executive deputy director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, said the mainland’s national security office abides by Chinese law.