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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Winning hearts and minds: mission impossible for Hong Kong’s new leader and his national security agenda?

Election campaigns and their enthusiasts everywhere are always full of extravagant promises and idealistic goals. Hong Kong is no exception — even under its new national security regime and the revamped election system designed to keep everyone but “safe” patriots out of the competition. Under these circumstances, the much-repeated aim…

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Explainer: 7 charts showing voter demographics in Hong Kong’s first ‘patriots-only’ legislative election

Hong Kong’s first “patriots-only” Legislative Council (LegCo) election last December, held under a Beijing-mandated revamp of the electoral system that minimised the role of democrats, saw the lowest turnout in the city’s history. In seven graphs, HKFP takes a detailed look at the participation rate and other aspects of the…

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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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