We’ll have none of that here. Much too noisy. Much too disordered. Much to great a risk to our rule.
And so the People’s Republic of China has extended its despotism further into Hong Kong.
China has sharply reduced the number of directly elected seats in Hong Kong’s legislature in a setback for the democracy movement. The changes were announced Tuesday after a two-day meeting of China’s top legislature.
In the new make-up, the legislature will be expanded to 90 seats, and only 20 will be elected by the public. Currently, 35 seats, or half of the 70-seat legislature, are elected.
China’s top legislature approved amendments to Hong Kong’s constitution on Tuesday that will give Beijing more control over the makeup of the city’s legislature.
Those 20 will be carefully selected by the PRC’s Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress:
Local national-security officials will also get effective veto power over election candidates, allowing authorities to bar opposition figures from elected office.
This is not the behavior of a civilized, much less enlightened, nation. It is, though, of a piece with the barbarism of genocide against the Uyghurs, the occupation of Tibet and the South China Sea, and the threats of war against the Republic of China.