China tightens its grip on HK
China has delivered its plan to ban any “non-patriots” from holding political or government positions in Hong Kong, including the selection of the city’s next leader. It’s the latest move to consolidate China’s control over Hong Kong following last year’s national security law that ended the territory’s autonomy. Hong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam, who refused to step down after millions of Hong Kongers marched in protests, defended the measures that will further erode democracy there. The European Union has again warned Beijing to “consider the political and economic implications”. Overnight, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi fronted his annual press conference and said “Hong Kong’s transition from chaos to governance is fully in the interests of all parties.”
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