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.

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Hong Kong leader backs Beijing critique of western democracy, claims ‘patriots only’ election has diversity

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has backed comments by a top Chinese official that the upcoming “patriots only” election will be an exercise in “unprecedented” diversity while condemning the “blind pursuit” of western-style democracy in the past. Speaking a day after Xia Baolong, the head of China’s Hong Kong and…

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Biggest pro-democracy party stiffens stance on Hong Kong’s ‘patriots-only’ election

Hong Kong’s largest opposition party has rejected a request for support from five “non-pro-establishment” candidates in the upcoming “patriots-only” legislative election. The decision not to back the five – which comes months after the Democratic Party resolved not to field candidates of its own – was made at a meeting…

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In full: Beijing’s amendments to the annexes of Hong Kong’s Basic Law – in English

Beijing amended Annex I and II of Hong Kong’s Basic law on Tuesday, restricting the city’s democracy. The 27th session of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress passed the amendments unanimously, meaning candidates will be vetted and fewer legislative seats will be voted for by the public. Click here for full coverage.…

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