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China passes law to control Hong Kong elections

China's legislature on Thursday passed a resolution called the "patriots governing Hong Kong" in a move to overhaul Hong Kong's elections, per the BBC.

Why it matters: The move effectively gives the Chinese Communist Party control of Hong Kong's elections, reducing democratic representation and allowing a "pro-Beijing panel to vet 'patriotic' candidates," the BBC notes.

  • Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Congress Wednesday that the Biden administration would "speak out and take action against egregious violations of democracy and human rights in Hong Kong," the Financial Times reports.

Editor's note: This a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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