China is renewing its efforts to increase its control over Hong Kong, proposing to bypass its regional legislature to introduce new national security laws.
Critics say the proposal will effectively end the system of autonomy which has existed in Hong Kong since it was returned to China by the UK in 1997.
The proposal comes after China’s earlier efforts to increase its power in Hong Kong were beaten back by a wave of massive and sometimes-violent protests.
The confrontation was brought to an unnatural pause by the coronavirus pandemic, but has been reignited at Beijing’s landmark “Two Sessions” legislative meeting.
A spokesman for the Chinese government said the bill has measure to “prevent, stop and punish” activity like that of the protest movement.
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China has launched new efforts to increase its control over Hong Kong, moving to strike back after mass protests in Hong Kong hampered its efforts to roll back the city’s autonomy.
Beijing has proposed new national security legislation that critics say could erode the city’s freedoms and prevent further protests from taking place.
The move came at China’s landmark “Two Sessions” legislative event where the Communist Party sets out its program for the year ahead.
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