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China Makes Its Hong Kong Electoral Overhaul Official. What’s Next?

MIN READMar 11, 2021 | 22:44 GMT

Delegates vote on resolutions during the closing session of China's National People's Congress on March 11, 2021.

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China’s newly approved electoral reforms in Hong Kong will ensure any opposition to mainland encroachment in the city remains marginal and docile by granting pro-Beijing voices more seats, along with the power to veto candidates and vet elected officials. In response, the United States will consider sanctions but is unlikely to go after Hong Kong’s financial sector to avoid escalating tensions with China. On March 11, China's National People's Congress (NPC) unanimously approved long-anticipated changes to Hong Kong's electoral system. These changes notably included mechanisms that will closely vet candidates for elected offices by mainland standards. They also include substantially expanded representation by members of mainland bodies....

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