This week in Beijing, Chinese officials moved to pass a law that prohibits anyone who is not a Chinese “Patriot,” or anyone that the CCP has not claimed to be, from running for office in Hong Kong. This comes after the 2019 protests against China’s government from the people of the Chinese territory. After these protests in Hong Kong, the Chinese Communist Party has continuously worked towards limiting the dissent of the ruling government.
The Chinese Government is pushing to make Hong Kong more like mainland China, which has stricter rules and regulations that are enforced by the government. Before the new rules were made, allies would pick their officials themselves and place them into office (New York Times). Usually the way the leaders are picked is through who the allies believe is the most loyal to the Chinese Communist Party.
This comes with outrage from the people of Hong Kong, many of which do not like being under the rule of the Chinese government. Many of them feel like their rights are being infringed upon, and are worried about becoming like the rule stricken Mainland China. Lots of the Hong kong citizens openly rebel against the CCP, which is one of the biggest factors in the chinese government’s decision to change the laws (Reuters). The new election is said to be in order to prevent uprisings from the people of Hong Kong like those that took place in 2019, but instead gives more power in lawmaking to the leaders of Beijing (New York Times). There is no evidence to back up the claim, but it seems that this quick action move by the Chinese Government could potentially be out of fear in the growing push for freedom and Democracy.
ARTICLE: ISABELLA FLORES
WORLD NEWS EDITOR: LUKE LEBAR
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