The announcements come after USA lawmakers passed a bill on Tuesday sanctioning banks doing business with Chinese government officials involved in the national security bill, namely after U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo said in May that Hong Kong could lose "political autonomy", triggering the measures.
Juwai does not disclose numbers of inquiries, but did say Australia was the top foreign real estate investment location for Hong Kong buyers in the first half of 2020.
Cheng, a Hong Kong citizen, worked for the British consulate in the territory for nearly two years until he fled after he said he was beaten and tortured by China's secret police. Foreign journalists, organizations, and government officials can be deported from or prosecuted upon arrival to Hong Kong or mainland China.
Friday's appointment of Zheng to the security agency came as a man accused of deliberately driving his motorbike into a group of police officers on Wednesday became the first person in Hong Kong to be charged under the security law.
It came just hours after he testified online to US Congress about the new security law, which criminalises acts of "succession, subversion and collaboration with foreign powers" with a maximum penalty of life in prison.
Hong Kong's new security lawWhat has the reaction been?
Breaching the Sino-British joint declaration which aimed to smooth the transition when the territory was handed back to China in 1997, the United Kingdom government believes Beijing's new law gives authorities sweeping powers to crack down on dissent, and a new level of Chinese control over the semi-autonomous territory.
Moreover, the Law demands that the principle of the rule of law be adhered to in any activities for preventing, suppressing, and imposing punishment for offenses endangering national security.
While both this Law and the ISA were enacted for the goal of safeguarding national security in their respective jurisdictions, the stark disparity of the two laws is obvious.
Hong Kong activist Nathan Law fled the city to an undisclosed country as several protesters were arrested.
Under the new legislation, the agency can take enforcement action beyond existing laws in the most serious cases.
"We want to reset the trading relationship, but we want China to recognize global agreements, to recognize the human dignity of all of their people, and that includes all the people of Hong Kong." he said.
"So if you're a political dissident... somebody who has participated in public protests against China, that could be a very legitimate claim", she said. It was adopted following months of violent demonstrations past year, triggered by the introduction of an extradition bill that was eventually shelved, but would have allowed Chinese security agencies to operate within Hong Kong and hand suspected criminals over to Beijing. Despite China's increasingly aggressive crackdown, "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time", remains a cry in the streets of the city.