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Hong Kong recently received devastating news. On Thursday, May 28, 2020, to everyone's surprise, the Chinese parliament approved a new law aimed at bringing the former British colony under control. The island was supposed to be safe from Beijing's rule until 2047.
President Xi wants to skip through all legal proceedings and criminalize “secession, sedition, subversion and terrorism”. The terms are vague enough to enable the mainland to crush the ongoing dispute and obliterate the concept of “one country, two systems”.
This new law could be enacted in mid-July, a clear indicator that the “Dragon” intends to speed up its takeover. Especially since demonstrations are currently banned because of the health crisis. But Hongkongers wear their disobedience on their sleeve: they have already started to reoccupy the streets, just as they did a few months ago.
At the time, they were already fighting over a law – that of extradition to mainland China. It had led to a year of protests and the worst democratic crisis in Hong Kong’s history. But today, Beijing's new approach is much more heavy-handed: how will the island react?