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Fear of foreign interference looms large in China's version of HK law

Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) and Premier Li Keqiang voting on the resolution for a national security law in Hong Kong at the National People's Congress in Beijing on Thursday. The resolution was passed that day. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) and Premier Li Keqiang voting on the resolution for a national security law in Hong Kong at the National People's Congress in Beijing on Thursday. The resolution was passed that day. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Few would disagree that China's late patriarch Deng Xiaoping was a wise and visionary leader. It took courage to grant Hong Kong autonomy in a "one country, two systems" framework that sets the city apart from other Chinese cities green with envy.

China would keep its hands off Hong Kong, pledging that the city's capitalist system and lifestyle would not change for 50 years and that it would be run by Hong Kongers except in foreign and defence affairs.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 31, 2020, with the headline 'Fear of foreign interference looms large in China's version of HK law'. Subscribe