National Interest: China’s Crackdown on Hong Kong Has Sentenced the Administrative Region to a Communist Death
Tue December, 2020, Age: 2 years
Robert Keatley surveys the ways in which Beijing has made undermined Hong Kong’s autonomy, effectively ending the ‘One Country Two Systems’ framework which had long laid the foundations for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s de facto autonomy from mainland China. Following the implementation of the June national security law, the traditional separation of powers between Hong Kong’s executive, legislative, and judiciary have been seriously weakened. Specifically, Beijing is subverting two basic aspects of Hong Kong civic life that set it apart from the rest of China—its limited degree of self-government based on popular elections and its independent legal system. Communist officials have also introduced new provisions for “patriotic education” into Hong Kong’s school system from top to bottom, and authorities have increased pressures on journalists and media outlets, hurting press freedoms.