Top Beijing Official Says Hong Kong Should be Ruled by ‘Patriots’

The recent speech of Beijing’s highest-level official in charge of Hong Kong affairs signals that the Chinese regime may be planning on revising the city’s election law to support pro-China candidates. Critics are concerned that his move could rule out candidates from the pro-democracy camp, and that Beijing will pass new election rules to tighten its grip over Hong Kong. Xia Baolong, director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office (HKMAO), delivered a speech on “patriots ruling Hong Kong” on Feb. 22, stating that Hong Kong should be governed by “patriots,” according to mainland Chinese media outlets. Xia described people who are not patriots—those who are “anti-China and disrupt Hong Kong.” He said unpatriotic individuals commit the following acts: “hysterically attack the central government by various means; publicly promote Hong Kong independence; beg foreign countries to pressure and sanction China and Hong Kong; violate Hong Kong’s national security law, …

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