Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Beijing tightens grip on Hong Kong as China unveils plan to give patriots room to govern the territory

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China’s top law-making body has unveiled plans to ensure only trusted Chinese nationals govern Hong Kong, as Beijing tightens its grip on the city with changes to the electoral system.

Addressing the National People’s Congress, Premier Li Keqiang, warned the world not to interfere.

The move follows the imposition of a tough security law.

Critics say Beijing is crushing dissent and removing the “one country, two systems” agreement it made with the UK.

Under the agreement, Hong Kong, a former British colony, was allowed to continue with its own legal system and have rights including free speech and freedom of the press.

Fears that Hong Kong’s “one country, two systems model” was being eroded led to huge pro-democracy protests in 2019.

Some turned violent and Beijing imposed the National Security Law, which it said would target sedition and bring stability.