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Electoral reform: China's People's Congress votes to change Hong Kong's electoral law
Hong Kong skyline
Hong Kong skyline Credit: Mark Huguet

According to the decision of the People's Congress, which was published by the state news agency Xinhua, the committee to elect the Hong Kong chief executive should be enlarged from 1,200 to 1,500 members. "This is the latest move by Beijing to erode space for democratic debate in Hong Kong, contrary to promises made by China," British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said, according to a statement. Following the enactment of the controversial security law last year, the election reform is another blow to Hong Kong's liberal system.

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United Kingdom announces that China has breached Hong Kong treaty
United Kingdom announces that China has breached Hong Kong treaty
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By imposing new rules to disqualify elected legislators Hong Kong, China has broken the biliteral treaty according to the United Kingdom.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has stated that "Beijing’s imposition of new rules to disqualify elected legislators in Hong Kong constitutes a clear breach of the legally binding Sino-British Joint Declaration". The United Kingdom is now considering sanctions against officials.

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Extraditions and arms exports from United Kingdom to Hong Kong suspended over security law
Dominic Raab
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The United Kingdoms foreign secretary Dominic Raab has stated in an address to the parliament that the newly passed and enacted national security law is "a clear and serious violation of the UK-China joint declaration" and adding that the United Kingdom "will hold China to its international obligations".

The suspension of the extradition deal with Hong Kong is indefinitely and the arms embargo against China has been extended to include Hong Kong.

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United Kingdom announces that it'll extend visa rights for British overseas citizens in Hong Kong

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has announced that holders of the British national overseas passport in Hong Kong will get extended visa rights for the United Kingdom, in case China puts extended security laws in place as intended. According to him the visitation rights without a needed visa will be extended from six to twelve months which then can lead to a future citizenship, but details are still to be planned.

Health
UK overtakes Italy to record highest Covid-19 death toll in Europe

The United Kingdom has overtaken Italy to report the highest official death tool due to Covid-19. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said this Tuesday that 29,427 people have died with Covid-19 since the pandemic began, while Italy revised its death count up to 29,315.