HONG KONG – The Hong Kong authorities announced plans to increase the ideological scrutiny of politicians and officials. Hong Kong will bar anyone deemed disloyal to China or a threat to national security from taking office.
The bill will be sent next month to the city’s legislature, a body that now has no opposition after a number of its figures were disqualified because their political views were seen as a security threat.
Officials have detailed a “negative list” of abuses that could result in colleagues being removed from office, including actions that jeopardize national security, advocate for independence, or refuse to accept Chinese sovereignty over Hong Kong.
Hong Kong’s Constitutional and Municipal Secretary Erick Tsang confirmed that criticism of the Chinese Communist Party could also be a disqualifying factor.
“You cannot say you are patriotic but do not love the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, or disrespect it,” he told reporters after the new draft law was announced on Tuesday.
“This doesn’t make sense,” he added.
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