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Hong Kong: What is China’s ‘patriot’ plan for electoral reform?

Hong Kong: What is China’s ‘patriot’ plan for electoral reform?

In its latest move to tighten control over Hong Kong, China is pushing for a controversial “patriot” plan to reform the city’s elections.

Beijing says the goal is to keep “unpatriotic” figures from positions of political power in Hong Kong.

But critics warn it would mean the end of democracy in Hong Kong, eradicating whatever opposition there is left.

What’s the background?

Hong Kong used to be under British control, but was handed back to China in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” principle.

This was meant to protect certain freedoms for Hong Kong, which no other part of mainland China has: freedom of assembly and speech, an independent judiciary, and some democratic rights.

These freedoms are enshrined in Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, the Basic Law, which was meant to last until 2047.

On 11 March, the “patriots governing Hong Kong” resolution was passed at the National People’s Congress (NPC), paving the way for Beijing to amend annexes of the Basic Law.

On 30 March, the resolution passed the NPC’s Standing Committee and could be enacted in Hong Kong within weeks.

News Source: BBC News

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