Hong Kong-China: How Hong Kong has changed since China’s national security law came into force and new elections
Hong Kong’s political landscape is changing dramatically after China adopted both national security laws and electoral reform, with the freedom of autonomy behind the so-called “one country, two systems” principle.
In the legislative elections held in Hong Kong on 19 December, candidates of the pro-China ruling party won the majority of seats. While the number of voters with a record low turnout
In March, China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) adopted a resolution on the “nationalist ruling Hong Kong”, detailing a move to reduce pro-democracy delegates. and giving those supporting the Chinese government the opportunity to screen and select candidates
The most significant change that happened before is that only 35, or 50%, of the 70 MLAs are directly elected by the people. But China’s proposal has reduced the proportion of those directly elected to just 22%.
Critics say Hong Kong’s democratic processes and institutions are being destroyed. It told how many pro-democracy candidates have been left out of the election.
Several candidates are currently in jail, including prominent activist Joshua Wong. He was disqualified from running because he was seen as supporting Hong Kong independence or against China’s national security laws. Other opposition activists did not give up and went into exile.