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Fearing Big Election Loss, China Goes on Offensive in Hong Kong

  • Pro-democracy camp may win majority in September LegCo vote
  • China arrests seen as push to deter protests in summer months
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H.K. Arrest of Pro-Democracy Activists 'Very Disturbing': Emily Lau
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On the surface, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam appears to have had a few pretty good months: Her government has managed to contain the coronavirus outbreak, during which street protests have mostly disappeared.

Yet her bosses in Beijing don’t appear convinced that will help their allies during Legislative Council elections set for September. A spate of arrests and stern official edicts over the past few weeks amount to an offensive that looks designed to ensure China gets its way no matter what happens at the ballot box.