/ 05 March 2021

Beijing to reach further into Hong Kong

That’s the expected outcome from China’s annual National People’s Congress in Beijing today. Last year’s session saw the adoption of the controversial national security law that essentially ended Hong Kong’s freedom-loving ways. This year, it’s tighter rules on who can run for office in Hong Kong that are set to be agreed upon. Hints have appeared in recent weeks with Xia Baolong, Beijing’s top official in Hong Kong, saying only “patriots” should govern the former British colony. Earlier this week, 47 prominent pro-democracy campaigners were charged with subversion under the security law and face life in prison if convicted. Also on the agenda of the great big rubber-stamping session – the state of the economy, China’s technology ambitions, and the country’s birth policy.

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