New reforms come months after China passed a national security law to eliminate resistance to its rule in Hong Kong.
China on Thursday began a legislative process to reform the rigorous election system in Hong Kong.
As China prepares to change Hong Kong’s electoral system, the US has condemned the ongoing attacks on the city’s democratic institutions.
Speaking at a regular press conference, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Friday (local time) that reforming Hong Kong’s electoral system is an attack on the region’s autonomy and independence and democratic processes.
“The United States condemns the PRC’s [People’s Republic of China] attack on democratic institutions in Hong Kong,”. “Reforming Hong Kong’s electoral system is a direct attack on Hong Kong’s autonomy, Hong Kong’s independence and democratic processes, limiting participation, reducing democratic representation and defying clear-cut political debate. Intensify. The people of Hong Kong and to dismiss their voice in their own government.”
Less than a year after the National Security Act was enacted, China on Thursday began a legislative process for drastic electoral system reform in Hong Kong that could benefit the pro-establishment camp and spark political opposition in the city and can reduce it.