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Beijing has two good reasons to be pleased

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Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has scored another big one, at least in the eyes of Beijing.

First, her allies in the legislature helped her force through the bill for the joint checkpoint with mainland officers at the West Kowloon high-speed rail terminus for cross-border services.

Now, she and her security chief, John Lee Ka-chiu, have banned the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party. And they did it even without the national security law under Article 23 of the Basic Law, the city’s mini-constitution.

Since the 1997 handover, the government has never been able to resolve the twin conundrums of electoral reform (democracy) and Article 23 legislation (national security), both required under the Basic Law.

The failure of electoral reform might have discredited the previous........

© South China Morning Post