Chinese parliament endorses plan to tighten control of Hong Kong

China’s ceremonial legislature on Thursday endorsed the Communist Party’s plan to tighten control of Hong Kong by overhauling the city’s electoral system to ensure only “patriots” can rule the city. The National People’s Congress (NPC) endorsed a plan to “improve” Hong Kong’s electoral system by giving a pro-Beijing committee power to appoint more of the city’s lawmakers, reducing the public’s role in the government. The resolution passed with 2,895 votes for, no votes against and one abstention on the last day of the annual parliamentary session. The NPC Standing Committee will be authorized …

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