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China’s parliament has acceded a decision to move forward with national security legislation for Hong Kong that fault-find fear could undercut the city’s self-rule.
*The National People’s Congress on Thursday voted 2,878 to 1 in favour of the decision to empower its standing committee to draft the legislation, with six abstentions.*
The security law will amend the territory’s mini-constitution, or Basic Law, to vital its government to put in place measures to be agreed later by Chinese leaders. The plans have given rise to widespread disapproval and discolour China’s relations with the United States and Britain.
Al Jazeera’s Katrina Yu, reporting from Beijing, said the Chinese move “is taking place without any consultation, any debate with Hong Kong’s leaders or its government”.
“China is taking advantage of a legal loophole that completely bypasses Hong Kong’s legislative process.”