China unveils Hong Kong electoral changes as Beijing tightens grip

China unveils Hong Kong electoral changes as Beijing tightens gripMarch 5, 2021

Only ‘patriots’ will be allowed to stand for election and democratic representation will be reduced under plans laid out in Beijing

China’s top lawmaking body has 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 to Beijing’s most important political meeting on Friday, Premier Li Keqiang also swore to “resolutely guard against and deter” interference by external forces, amid growing international alarm at Beijing’s attacks on pro-democracy voices.

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