China proposes changes to Hong Kong’s electoral system

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China on Friday proposed changes to Hong Kong’s electoral system which would hold back the city’s pro-democracy politicians.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said in his work report that China will “resolutely guard against and deter external forces’ interference” in Hong Kong’s affairs.

The proposed changes include adjusting the size, composition and formation of Hong Kong’s election committee, which selects the city’s leader or chief executive, said state media Xinhua.

Beijing on Friday proposed changes to “improve” Hong Kong’s electoral system — a widely anticipated move as China tightened its hold on the semi-autonomous region.

Before the proposal was announced, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said at the start of China’s annual “Two Sessions” parliamentary meeting that the country will “resolutely guard against and deter external forces’ interference” in the city.

The proposed changes include adjusting the size, composition and formation of Hong Kong’s election committee, which selects the city’s leader or chief executive, said state media Xinhua.

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