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Xi’s Hong Kong Power Play Puts China Ever More at Odds With West

  • Harsh law shows Xi won’t allow criticism of Communist Party
  • Hong Kong’s autonomy ‘completely thrown out of the window’
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Minutes after reports broke that China passed a sweeping national security law for Hong Kong, Carrie Lam stood in front of a backdrop of the city’s iconic skyline for a weekly press briefing.

With legions of reporters clamoring to hear details of the law that could reshape the financial hub’s future, it quickly became clear that Hong Kong’s leader had none. Lam, who previously acknowledged that she hadn’t seen the legislation, couldn’t even confirm that China had approved it before quickly ending the press conference and walking away from the podium.