China's new electoral system to ensure patriots governing Hong Kong

Hong Kong's first "patriots-only" election wrapped up on Sunday (September 20), with fewer than 5,000 Hong Kong people from mostly pro-establishment circles cast their ballots. Highlighted changes to the political system included a national security law that punishes anything Beijing deems as subversion, secession, terrorism or collusion with foreign forces, that have placed the international financial hub on an authoritarian path. Pro-democracy candidates are nearly absent from Hong Kong's first election since Beijing overhauled the city's electoral system to ensure that "only patriots" rule China's most accessible city.

Published 20 September 2021 at 5:43pm