China unveils Hong Kong electoral changes as it tightens grip on city

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Only ‘patriots’ will be allowed to stand for election and democratic representation will be reduced

China’s top lawmaking body has formally unveiled plans to ensure only “patriots” can govern Hong Kong, as Beijing tightens its grip on the city with electoral changes including a vetting process for all parliamentary candidates.

In an annual “work report” delivered on Friday to Beijing’s most important political meeting, Premier Li Keqiang swore to “resolutely guard against and deter” interference by external forces, amid growing international alarm at Beijing’s attacks on pro-democracy voices.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian

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