On Thursday, the Chinese Parliament voted 2895-0 in favor of reforming Hong Kong’s electoral system. Party leaders, including President Xi Jinping, were present as delegates voted. One representative absented.
US State Department Spokesman, Ned Price, voiced concerns over these changes, calling them a “direct attack on Hong Kong’s autonomy, freedoms, and the democratic process.”
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that America would continue sanctioning violations of Hong Kong’s democracy.
Beijing rejects the claim that it is gaining more power over Hong Kong through this legislation.
Carrie Lam, the leader of Hong Kong, has welcomed these changes, saying they are a constitutional matter that must be handled by the Beijing assembly rather than Hong Kong’s devolved administration.
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