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US News China forces reform of Hong Kong electoral system

12:14  05 march  2021
12:14  05 march  2021 Source:   france24.com

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The Hong Kong electoral reform was a proposed reform for the 2017 Hong Kong Chief Executive election and 2016 Legislative Council election .

China announced at its biggest political meeting that it will overhaul Hong Kong 's electoral system to ensure "patriots" are in charge, a sign that the government will no longer tolerate dissent in the city. The reform comes after a crackdown and tightened control of Hong Kong . A draft decision will be The electoral committee - which is stacked with Beijing supporters - would be able to nominate LegCo candidates and elect a "relatively large" share of its members, he said. He did not give further details, but local media reported that the 70-member LegCo would see an increase in seats, and these

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Less than a year after imposing its national security law in Hong Kong, the Chinese authorities are preparing, Friday, March 5, to reform the electoral system in the autonomous territory, with the aim of removing the pro-democracy opposition from power in favor of the "patriots" alone.

China on Friday stepped up its offensive to impose its will on Hong Kong , with electoral reform that will allow it to exclude pro-democracy opposition candidates from the elections.

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China formed the special administrative region of Hong Kong , which continues to maintain governing and economic systems Hong Kong and Macau are part of Chinese territory occupied by the British and Portuguese authorities. Thatcher later said that Deng told her bluntly that China could easily take Hong Kong by force , stating that "I could walk in Main article: 1994 Hong Kong electoral reform .

Arguably, the reform of Hong Kong ’s electoral system is very much part of the same process which began with that legislation – the establishment of a new, pro- China Hong Kong and, undoubtedly, the formal end of the ‘British legacy’ and influence over the former colony. Beijing is finally stamping out the exceptionalist identity which Hong Kong once held as it resisted integration, and creating a new city that identifies with China . It will never be the same again. Hong Kong is a city with a predominantly ethnic Chinese population, which speaks Cantonese, but nonetheless configured itself as something

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Hong Kong ’s leader said it is “crystal clear” that Beijing needs to reform the financial hub’s electoral system , just a day after China ’s top official for the city signaled major changes were coming. Chief Executive Carrie Lam said political unrest in the former British colony, including massive protests in 2019, have forced Beijing to ensure Speaking to the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macau Studies, Xia said that to improve Hong Kong ’s electoral system , “relevant legal loopholes within the framework of the Constitution and the Basic Law” need to be closed -- and that it was up to the central

Beijing plans to overhaul Hong Kong 's electoral system to ensure "patriots" are in charge, a senior official said. The reforms are expected to give Beijing even more control over how the territory is governed. It comes as 47 pro-democracy activists were charged with "subversion" under a new security law that critics say is being used by Beijing to crush dissent in the city. The meeting typically happens in early March with nearly 3,000 delegates from all around the country - representing provinces, autonomous regions, and the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

In 2020, the parliamentary session was dominated by the question of Hong Kong, the former British colony shaken in 2019 by monster demonstrations against the grip of Beijing.

The Chinese parliament then imposed on the autonomous region a law on national security which stifled the dispute.

This week, 47 Democratic activists were jailed on charges of "subversion" provided for by this law.

Hong Kong is back in the spotlight this year, with an electoral reform bill expected to be voted on Thursday by Chinese lawmakers.

Opponents of the communist regime see it as the last nail in the coffin of democracy in Hong Kong.

"If these measures are adopted, and they certainly will be, the voice of the opposition will be gagged," observes Sinologist Willy Lam, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. "This will eliminate what is left of the opposition."

Despite criticism and sanctions from Western countries, Beijing has not given up on putting Hong Kong back in line.

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HONG KONG (Reuters) - China 's plan to dramatically reform Hong Kong 's electoral system , expected to be unveiled in a parliamentary session in Beijing starting this week, will upend the territory's political scene, according to more than a dozen politicians from across the spectrum. "Don't go too far and kill the patient," Shiu Sin-por, a pro-Beijing politician and former head of Hong Kong 's Central Policy Unit, told reporters after a briefing session with Xia on the matter. The opposition camp has already been neutralised by last year’s national security law, Shiu said, allowing the government to

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China 's plan to dramatically reform Hong Kong 's electoral system , expected to be unveiled in a parliamentary session in Beijing starting this week, will upend the territory's political scene, according to more than a dozen politicians from across the spectrum. "Don't go too far and kill the patient," Shiu Sin-por, a pro-Beijing politician and former head of Hong Kong 's Central Policy Unit, told reporters after a briefing session with Xia on the matter. The opposition camp has already been neutralised by last year’s national security law, Shiu said, allowing the government to

From London to Washington, Beijing is accused of violating the terms of the 1997 handover, supposed to guarantee democratic functioning in Hong Kong until 2047.

Ballot reserved for "patriots"

The bill has not been passed public, but according to a senior member of parliament, it consists of changing the election of the Legislative Council (Legco), the Hong Kong parliament.

This body currently has 70 deputies, of whom only half are democratically elected and the other half appointed by an "electoral committee" attached to Beijing.

This device has enabled the Chinese authorities to secure majorities in favor of Hong Kong since the return of British territory to China in 1997.

The reform in preparation would increase the number of deputies appointed by the electoral committee, which would be seen in additionally empowered to select the candidates authorized to stand for democratic elections.

The task of the electoral committee will be "to elect a large part of the members of the Legislative Council and to participate directly in the nomination of all the candidates," Wang Chen, vice chairman of the PNA Standing Committee, told reporters. .

With the approach of the Hong Kong legislative elections scheduled in principle for September, Beijing has already indicated that it intends to ensure that only "patriots" can lead the financial metropolis of 7 million inhabitants.

In other words, the reform would give power to power a right of veto over candidates who would be insufficiently pro-regime in Beijing's eyes.

The device will authorize the chief executive Carrie Lam and the Beijing authorities "to disqualify all pro-democracy elements", summarizes Willy Lam.

The election of district councilors at the end of 2019 was largely won by the opposition and Beijing seems to fear that the affront will be repeated.

The legislative elections, which should have already been held in 2020, but were postponed due to a pandemic, could again be postponed by a year, according to the local press.

With AFP

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