A Huge Blow to Hongkongers’ Freedoms
China’s Communist Party signaled yesterday that it plans to increase Beijing’s control over Hong Kong, effectively dismantling the “one country, two systems” policy that was supposed to remain in place until 2047.
Under the auspices of national security, China’s National People’s Congress intends to impose a law next week that will crack down on anti-government action, including the protests that started last June and have only subsided due to the COVID-19 outbreak. After a private meeting where the new legislation was discussed, some participants said the move is retribution for the protests, which started as a reaction to a now-withdrawn extradition bill but quickly became a broader movement against mainland China’s control over Hong Kong.
The law will target “secession, subversion of state power, foreign interference and terrorism,” one person at the meeting—Stanley Ng, a Hong Kong deputy to the National People’s Congress—told The Washington Post.
The new legislation would be a major step toward dismantling the current system, under which Beijing allows Hong Kong more political autonomy and personal freedoms than the mainland endures. The premature dismissal of “one country, two systems” would be a huge turning poi
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