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Hong Kong Is Slipping Away

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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks to the media about new national security legislation on June 30, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. Anthony Kwan/Getty Images

China passed new national security legislation Tuesday, further extending its reach into Hong Kong and giving Beijing greater power to crack down on a wide range of expression, including protesters and Democratic activists in the former British colony. The measure was sped through a secretive legislative process, unanimously voted for, and signed off on by Chinese President Xi Jinping, but very little is known about the exact contents of the law that is expected to widely suppress civil liberties, bringing the territory more in line with the Communist Party’s control of daily life on the mainland. Despite the lack of clarity over what exactly the new law will forbid, Hong Kong’s Beijing-friendly leader Carrie Lam said it would go into effect at midnight Tuesday, the same day of its passage. That means the so-called “national security” law will be operational in time for the July 1 anniversary of the British handover of Hong Kong back to China in 1997, a day that is a lightning rod for pro-democracy........

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