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China Delays Extending Its Anti-Sanctions Law to Hong Kong -- For Now

MIN READAug 20, 2021 | 20:04 GMT

People walk past an electronic display showing Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index in the city’s central district on Feb. 26, 2021.

People walk past an electronic display showing Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index in the city’s central district on Feb. 26, 2021.

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Chinese lawmakers’ move to delay a decision on extending its anti-foreign sanctions law to Hong Kong signals an intent to avoid unduly jeopardizing the city’s status as a hub for foreign businesses. On Aug. 20, China’s National People’s Congress decided to postpone a planned vote on whether to implement the mainland’s sweeping anti-sanctions legislation in Hong Kong. This followed weeks of leaks and statements by Hong Kong officials that appeared to confirm the measures would be rolled out in the city....

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