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In March, 2021, Beijing passed legislation to ensure “patriots” govern Hong Kong. The move reduced democratic representation in the legislature, tightened control of elections and introduced a pro-Beijing vetting panel to select candidates. The Hong Kong government said the overhaul would ensure the city’s stability and prosperity. But the changes also prompted international condemnation, as it makes it near-impossible for pro-democracy candidates to stand.

COMMENTARY & ANALYSIS

Beijing’s White Paper on Hong Kong democracy – a pledge renewed or a promise betrayed?

The day after Hong Kong’s re-vamped Legislative Council election was held on December 19, the central government in Beijing issued a major statement explaining the changes that had been imposed. Titled “Hong Kong: Democratic Progress Under the Framework of One Country Two Systems,” it was only the second document, or White Paper, to be issued…

Hong Kong election: Rewriting history after the 2021 ‘patriots’ poll

There is putting a brave face on bad news, there is spin, and there are outright falsities. All three were on offer after the latest Legco elections, spurned by more than 70 percent of the registered voters. See also: Democracy is never going to be a one-size-fits-all solution The South China Morning Post treated the…

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