China confirms overhaul of Hong Kong politics, squeezing democratic opposition

By Yew Lun Tian BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s parliament approved on Thursday a draft decision to change Hong Kong’s electoral system, further reducing democratic representation in the city’s institutions and introducing a mechanism to vet politicians’ loyalty to Beijing. The measures are part of Beijing’s efforts to consolidate its increasingly authoritarian grip over the global financial hub following the imposition of a national security law in June, which critics see as a tool to crush dissent. Beijing is responding to pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong in 2019, which it saw as a threat to …

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