Chinese parliament to vote on Hong Kong security law as US condemnation builds


Move would pave the way for anti-sedition laws, which human rights advocates say will threaten the city’s freedoms

China’s legislature was set to approve plans to force a controversial national security law on Hong Kong, as the US prepared to retaliate against Beijing for stripping the territory of its promised freedoms.

On Thursday, China’s National People’s Congress was preparing to vote on a draft decision that would pave the way for anti-sedition laws to be directly enacted in Hong Kong, bypassing the semi-autonomous territory’s legislature. The Legislative Council (LegCo) has been unable to pass similar legislation on its own because of widespread public opposition.

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