October 18, 2021

China’s electoral reform ‘earthquake’ set to upend Hong Kong politics

China’s electoral reform ‘earthquake’ set to upend Hong Kong politics

China’s electoral reform ‘earthquake’ set to upend Hong Kong politics

By James Pomfret and Clare Jim
02 March 2021

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China’s plan to dramatically reform Hong Kong’s electoral system, expected to be unveiled in a parliamentary session in Beijing starting this week, will upend the territory’s political scene, according to more than a dozen politicians from across the spectrum.

The proposed reform will put further pressure on pro-democracy activists, who are already the subject of a crackdown on dissent, and has ruffled the feathers of some pro-Beijing loyalists, some of whom may find themselves swept aside by a new and ambitious crop of loyalists, the people said.

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