Electoral surgery risks overkill, further eroding Hongkongers’ trust in Beijing

With the 50-year lifespan of Hong Kong’s “one country, two systems” experiment just half-way through, China has moved to overhaul its electoral system to install what the authorities call a “new democratic electoral system with Hong Kong characteristics.” Nothing could be further from the truth. By overhauling the methods of picking the Chief Executive and forming the Legislative Council (LegCo), the ruling Chinese Communist Party decided against keeping the city’s partial democracy unchanged and gradually moving towards full universal suffrage as envisaged in the Basic Law. Gone are the promi…

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