Top Chinese official outlines plan to ensure ‘patriots’ run Hong Kong


Beijing is seeking to neuter any remaining democratic opposition and take a more direct role in how Hong Kong is run. – EPA pic, February 22, 2021.

A TOP Chinese official today outlined plans to ensure only “patriots” run Hong Kong as Beijing seeks to neuter any remaining democratic opposition and take a more direct role in how the business hub is run.

The landmark speech by Xia Baolong, head of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, came just two weeks ahead of the annual meeting of China’s rubber-stamp legislature as speculation grows that further measures are being planned to sew up control of the city.


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