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China’s Fast Train to Erode Hong Kong’s Autonomy

Expand Pro-democracy lawmakers react after Legislative Council passed a controversial bill to introduce mainland Chinese laws inside an upcoming high-speed rail station, in Hong Kong, China June 14, 2018. © 2018 Reuters When Hong Kong was handed over from British to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, its inhabitants were reassured that their way of life would remain the same. That commitment was made legally binding through the Sino-British Joint Declaration, which guarantees Hong Kong full autonomy except in foreign affairs and defense. But in recent years Beijing has steadily chipped away at that…

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