Thursday, April 15

Only “patriots” can rule Hong Kong: How China plans to change the electoral system of the former English colony

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  • BBC World News



China has set its economic growth target for this year above 6%.

China’s main legislative body plans to pass measures to ensure that only “patriots” can rule Hong Kong, thus reinforcing Beijing’s control over the city through changes to the electoral system.

Addressing the National People’s Congress of China, which brings together thousands of lawmakers these days in Beijing, Prime Minister Li Keqiang also warned the world not to interfere.

The announcement follows the imposition of a strict Security Law in Hong Kong.


Chinese President Xi Jinping will likely highlight his achievements during the conclave.

Critics say Beijing is crushing dissent and scrapping the “one country, two systems“to which the Asian power arrived with the United Kingdom in 1997.

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