1. China Must Reform Hong Kong Election Rules, Carrie Lam Says  Bloomberg
  2. Beijing Plans Changes to Group Selecting Hong Kong’s Leader  The Wall Street Journal
  3. Hong Kong plans to make politicians swear oath of loyalty to Beijing  The Guardian
  4. China May Overhaul Hong Kong Elections  Bloomberg Politics
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All election participants will have to swear allegiance or face five-year ban under bill to be tabled next monthAll election participants will have to swear allegiance or face five-year ban under bill to be tabled next month

Hong Kong plans to make politicians swear oath of loyalty to Beijing | Hong Kong | The Guardian

BEIJING (Reuters) - "Loopholes" in Hong Kong's laws must be closed to ensure the city is governed by "patriots", a top Beijing official said on Monday, signalling changes to the Chinese-ruled city's electoral system, potentially as early as next month. "Patriots" included those who loved China, its constitution and the Communist Party and excluded anti-China "troublemakers", said Xia Baolong, director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, China's cabinet.BEIJING (Reuters) - "Loopholes" in Hong Kong's laws must be closed to ensure the city is governed by "patriots", a top Beijing official said on Monday, signalling changes to the Chinese-ruled city's electoral system, potentially as early as next month. "Patriots" included those who loved China, its constitution and the Communist Party and excluded anti-China "troublemakers", said Xia Baolong, director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, China's cabinet.

Beijing official signals Hong Kong electoral reforms to ensure 'patriots' govern

Hong Kong's government will gazette a bill later this week that will require community level district councils to pledge an oath of allegiance to the Chinese-ruled city's mini-constitution, further stifling democratic opposition.Hong Kong's government will gazette a bill later this week that will require community level district councils to pledge an oath of allegiance to the Chinese-ruled city's mini-constitution, further stifling democratic opposition.

Hong Kong crafting 'patriotic' oath for local councils, Beijing wants loyalists in charge | Reuters

Reforms have to further the healthy development of ‘one country, two systems’ without killing off the pluralism that is characteristic of Hong Kong politicsReforms have to further the healthy development of ‘one country, two systems’ without killing off the pluralism that is characteristic of Hong Kong politics

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam gave her clear support Tuesday to electoral reforms that would likely further exclude opposition voices and cement Beijing’s control over the... HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam gave her clear support Tuesday to electoral reforms that would likely further exclude opposition voices and cement Beijing’s control over the...

Beijing says anyone who ‘goes against China and disrupts Hong Kong’ must not take office in the semi-autonomous city.Beijing says anyone who ‘goes against China and disrupts Hong Kong’ must not take office in the semi-autonomous city.

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In the wake of the national security law, public trust in the government has reached new lows. That is inevitably impacting Hong Kong’s pandemic response.In the wake of the national security law, public trust in the government has reached new lows. That is inevitably impacting Hong Kong’s pandemic response.

A Trust Deficit Is Hindering Hong Kong’s COVID-19 Response – The Diplomat

One option is to ask all member countries to tear up extradition treaties with China.One option is to ask all member countries to tear up extradition treaties with China.

EU mulls action on China amid Hong Kong crackdown – POLITICO

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam is giving her clear support to electoral changes that would likely further exclude opposition voices and cement Beijing's control over the city's politicsHong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam is giving her clear support to electoral changes that would likely further exclude opposition voices and cement Beijing's control over the city's politics

Lam backs Hong Kong electoral changes excluding opponents

A top Chinese official on Monday 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…

Top Chinese official outlines plan to ensure 'patriots' run Hong Kong - Japan Today

Beijing needed to reform the city’s electoral system “to ensure that Hong Kong’s governance is firmly controlled by patriots,” Xia Baolong, director of China’s cabinet-level Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, said in a speech Monday.Beijing needed to reform the city’s electoral system “to ensure that Hong Kong’s governance is firmly controlled by patriots,” Xia Baolong, director of China’s cabinet-level Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, said in a speech Monday.

Chinese Official signals overhaul of Hong Kong’s election system to ensure governance by 'patriots' | Hindustan Times

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Reforms could also further skew a committee electing the city's leader in favor of the pro-Beijing camp.Reforms could also further skew a committee electing the city's leader in favor of the pro-Beijing camp.

Beijing signals Hong Kong electoral reforms to ensure 'patriots' govern - The Jerusalem Post

HONG KONG -- China must reform Hong Kong's electoral system to ensure that the city is led by true "patriots," the country's Hong Kong affairs chief sKey official wants Beijing-led overhaul, which could come at congress in March

China signals electoral reform to ensure 'patriots' run Hong Kong - Nikkei Asia

The head of China’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Xia Baolong, has unveiled reforms for the city, stating that, henceforth, the central government will ensure only pro-China figures hold political positions.The head of China’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Xia Baolong, has unveiled reforms for the city, stating that, henceforth, the central government will ensure only pro-China figures hold political positions.

Top Chinese official announces reforms that will allow only ‘patriots’ to govern Hong Kong — RT World News

The remarks follow a number of articles and comments in Chinese state media and are the latest sign that China is contemplating further curbs to Hong Kong’s already-limited democracy.The remarks follow a number of articles and comments in Chinese state media and are the latest sign that China is contemplating further curbs to Hong Kong’s already-limited democracy.

'Controlled by patriots': Chinese official signals changes to Hong Kong election rules | The Japan Times

More batches of Chinese vaccine against Covid-19 are primed for Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, with planes carrying supplies landing in airports across theMore batches of Chinese vaccine against Covid-19 are primed for Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, with planes carrying supplies landing in airports across the region.  The first consignment of one…

China fails to calm doubts as jabs cranked up - Asia Times

HONG KONG: Hong Kong's government will gazette a Bill later this week that will require community level district councils to pledge an oath of ...HONG KONG: Hong Kong's government will gazette a Bill later this week that will require community level district councils to pledge an oath of ...

Hong Kong crafting 'patriotic' oath for local councils, Beijing wants loyalists in charge - CNA

Chinese lawmakers will meet at an annual legislative session in early March, where legislators will vote on changes to the special administrative region's 1,200-member...Chinese lawmakers will meet at an annual legislative session in early March, where legislators will vote on changes to the special administrative region's 1,200-member...

China to Cut 117 Seats In Lawmaking Body Tasked With Electing Hong Kong Chief Executive, Report Says - Sputnik International

In its editorial, the paper says the UK's involvement in Hong Kong affairs largely stems from the colonial mentality and arrogance of politicians.. Read more at straitstimes.com.East Asia News -In its editorial, the paper says the UK's involvement in Hong Kong affairs largely stems from the colonial mentality and arrogance of politicians.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

UK PM's remarks obstinately obtuse: China Daily editorial, East Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

Hong Kong announced plans Tuesday to ramp up the ideological vetting of politicians and officials, with anyone seen to be disloyal to China or a national securiHong Kong announced plans Tuesday to ramp up the ideological vetting of politicians and officials, with anyone seen to be disloyal to China or a national security threat barred from office. The draft law will be sent next month to the city's legislature, a body now devoid of opposition after a...

Hong Kong to bar 'disloyal' politicians and officials from office

China's top official in charge of Hong Kong affairs has indicated that the territory's electoral system needs to be reformed.China's top official in charge of Hong Kong affairs has indicated that the territory's electoral system needs to be reformed.

China official: HK electoral system needs revision | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News

As of 9:00 am today, 42,000 people who have made appointments online for vaccinations against the coronavirus disease, the Chief Executive C...As of 9:00 am today, 42,000 people who have made appointments online for vaccinations against the coronavirus disease, the Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said today in remarks before atten...

Carrie Lam says 42,000 book vaccination appointments | The Standard

‘Door of diplomacy open’ says foreign secretary amid clash over national security law‘Door of diplomacy open’ says foreign secretary amid clash over national security law

Raab offers to visit Beijing to calm tensions over Hong Kong | The Independent

Chief Executive Carrie Lam confirmed on Tuesday that the Hong Kong government is considering a law against insulting police and other public officers, but said it has no firm plans as yet. Any legislation would need a “delicate” balance between protecting freedom of speech and protecting public officers, she said. Lam made the comments in […]

Lam confirms Hong Kong considering law against insulting officials and police, says free speech must be 'balanced' | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

Hong Kong’s social gathering limits will be relaxed from two to four people on Wednesday as the city’s fourth wave of Covid-19 infections eases. The new rules will take effect at midnight. “Taking into account… the need for society as a whole to resume social and economic activities, we announced earlier to continue to relax […]

Covid-19: Hong Kong to relax gathering limit to 4 people from midnight as online vaccine registration 'fully booked' | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

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Hong Kong must be governed by “patriots” who respect China’s political system and do not harm the Communist Party rule, a senior Beijing official declared as he laid the groundwork for electoral andHong Kong must be governed by “patriots” who respect China’s political system and do not harm the Communist Party rule, a senior Beijing official declared as he laid the groundwork for electoral and

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam has rejected claims that major political changes planned by Beijing are intended to suppress pro-democracy politicians after a senior Chinese official declared that only “patriots” should hold power in the city. Lam told reporters on Monday that the policy of “patriots ruling Hong Kong” was not new, was “only […]

Hong Kong's Lam says China's patriots-only rule is not meant to exclude democrats from politics | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

Nathan Law was speaking from London, where he is claiming political asylum after leaving Hong Kong last June.Nathan Law was speaking from London, where he is claiming political asylum after leaving Hong Kong last June.

Into The Grey Zone: Hong Kong activist Nathan Law hopes his efforts will 'pave the way' for a return home | World News | Sky News

A leading Hong Kong medical expert said on Monday that the government relaxed Covid-19 social distancing rules too soon and the community still had a certain level of transmission risk. The comments came after Hong Kong recorded 20 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, with 19 locally transmitted cases – six cases had unknown origins. Leading […]

Covid-19: Expert says gov't relaxed social distancing 'too soon' out of concern for economy, as Hong Kong records 20 new cases | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

Asia Correspondent Adrian Brown says China's "vaccine-diplomacy" is in "full-gear" as it offers its Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine to countries around the world, and they are taking it. "The poorer countries in South East Asia and indeed, in the Pacific, they'll take what they're given; they don't have the luxury of being able to say, we want to wait for the Pfizer vaccine or other ones," he said. Mr Brown said Hong Kong's residents had expressed concerns about the vaccine's efficacy rate, which sits at just over 50 per cent, with 30 per cent of Hongkongers saying they were not prepared to take China's COVID-19 vaccine. "That is one of the lowest efficacy ratings for a licensed vaccination, so people are understandably hesitant," he said. "There's also another concern... will the Chinese vaccine be recognised by other authorities around the world? "The COVID vaccine, in a sense, presents something of a sort of patriotism test here in Hong Kong. If you take the vaccine, you support the Chinese and if you don't, then you don't." The vaccine will be administered in the territory from Friday. Asia Correspondent Adrian Brown says China's "vaccine-diplomacy" is in "full-gear" as it offers its Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine to countries around the world, and they are taking it. "The poorer countries in South East Asia and indeed, in the Pacific, they'll take what they're given; they don't have the luxury of being able to say, we want to wait for the Pfizer vaccine or other ones," he said. Mr Brown said Hong Kong's residents had expressed concerns about the vaccine's efficacy rate, which sits at just over 50 per cent, with 30 per cent of Hongkongers saying they were not prepared to take China's COVID-19 vaccine. "That is one of the lowest efficacy ratings for a licensed vaccination, so people are understandably hesitant," he said. "There's also another concern... will the Chinese vaccine be recognised by other authorities around the world? "The COVID vaccine, in a sense, presents something of a sort of patriotism test here in Hong Kong. If you take the vaccine, you support the Chinese and if you don't, then you don't." The vaccine will be administered in the territory from Friday.

Hong Kong will introduce new requirements for district councillors to take an oath swearing to uphold the Basic Law and pledge allegiance to the government. Those who violate their oaths will be barred from election for five years, the Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang announced on Tuesday. The ban will also apply […]

Hong Kong to require district councillors to swear allegiance to gov't - violators face election ban | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and other government officials received COVID-19 vaccines on Monday as the city begins its inoculation program. Lam and city’s health minister...HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and other government officials received COVID-19 vaccines on Monday as the city begins its inoculation program. Lam and city’s health minister Sophia Chan were among the first people to receive their...

Hong Kong leader, other officials receive COVID-19 vaccine | The Seattle Times

Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Carrie Lam on Monday was inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech.

Carrie Lam receives Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine - CGTN

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Carrie Lam received the Sinovac jab.Carrie Lam received the Sinovac jab.

Hong Kong leader receives Covid-19 vaccine

Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam received China's Sinovac vaccine on Monday together with top officials at a live televised event to bolster public confidence ahead of the vaccine's rollout in the global financial hub this week.Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam received China's Sinovac vaccine on Monday together with top officials at a live televised event to bolster public confidence ahead of the vaccine's rollout in the global financial hub this week.

Hong Kong leader gets China's Sinovac vaccine to bolster public confidence - The Peninsula Qatar

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam endorsed plans by Beijing to ensure patriots rule the city, saying on Tuesday they were needed to stop hatred of China and sustain the 'one country, two systems' governance model for the Asian financial hub. Her comments, made at a regular weekly news conference, come after a key member of China's cabinet signalled changes to Hong Kong's electoral system that would further reduce the pro-democracy opposition's influence in the city. Xia Baolong, director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, said Hong Kong can only be ruled by patriots , a term he said includes people who love China, its constitution and the Communist Party and excludes anti-China troublemakers. The measures would further consolidate the authoritarian turn Hong Kong has taken since Beijing's imposition of a sweeping national security law in June 2020 and the arrest of most of its prominent democratic politicians and activists. Lam built on Xia's comments on Tuesday, listing a series of anti-government protests since the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under an agreement that preserved wide-ranging freedoms not present in mainland China. Protests demanding democracy or blocking legislation proposed by the various pro-Beijing governments, which culminated with the mass demonstrations in 2019, stoked hatred against Beijing and the Hong Kong government, Lam said. These series of incidents made the central government worried, and of course, for me, as the chief executive, it is also worrying, Lam told reporters. To stop the situation from worsening to a point that 'one country, two systems' could hardly be carried out, the problems need to be tackled at a central government level. The changes, likely to be announced in March, are expected to restrict who could run in legislative elections and lead to the disqualification of most lower-level district councillors - the majority of them being pro-democracy politicians. New rules could also skew a 1,200-member committee which elects the city's leader in favour of the pro-Beijing camp. (Reporting by Sharon Tam; Writing by Marius Zaharia; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam endorsed plans by Beijing to ensure "patriots" rule the city, saying on Tuesday they were needed to stop hatred of China and sustain the 'one country, two systems' governance model for the Asian financial hub. Her comments, made at a regular weekly news conference, come after a key member of China's cabinet signalled changes to Hong Kong's electoral system that would further reduce the pro-democracy opposition's influence in the city. Xia Baolong, director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, said Hong Kong can only be ruled by "patriots", a term he said includes people who love China, its constitution and the Communist Party and excludes anti-China "troublemakers." The measures would further consolidate the authoritarian turn Hong Kong has taken since Beijing's imposition of a sweeping national security law in June 2020 and the arrest of most of its prominent democratic politicians and activists. Lam built on Xia's comments on Tuesday, listing a series of anti-government protests since the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under an agreement that preserved wide-ranging freedoms not present in mainland China. Protests demanding democracy or blocking legislation proposed by the various pro-Beijing governments, which culminated with the mass demonstrations in 2019, stoked "hatred" against Beijing and the Hong Kong government, Lam said. "These series of incidents made the central government worried, and of course, for me, as the chief executive, it is also worrying," Lam told reporters. "To stop the situation from worsening to a point that 'one country, two systems' could hardly be carried out, the problems need to be tackled at a central government level." The changes, likely to be announced in March, are expected to restrict who could run in legislative elections and lead to the disqualification of most lower-level district councillors - the majority of them being pro-democracy politicians. New rules could also skew a 1,200-member committee which elects the city's leader in favour of the pro-Beijing camp. (Reporting by Sharon Tam; Writing by Marius Zaharia; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

HONG KONG: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and other government officials received a COVID-19 vaccine Monday as the city begins its inoculation program. Lam and the city’s health minister Sophia Chan were among the first people to receive their vaccines in Hong Kong, after about a million doses of the vaccine by Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech arrived in the cityHONG KONG: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and other government officials received a COVID-19 vaccine Monday as the city begins its inoculation program. Lam and the city’s health minister Sophia Chan

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, top officials receive COVID-19 vaccine | Arab News

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam endorsed plans by Beijing to ensure "patriots" rule the city, saying on Tuesday they were needed to stop hatred of China.Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam endorsed plans by Beijing to ensure "patriots" rule the city, saying on Tuesday they were needed to stop hatred of China.