With the National Security Law for Hong Kong, the Chinese government sought to bring calm to the city. After months of mass protests in 2019 against Beijing’s growing influence, authorities declared “stabilization” a top priority by drastically tightening the law. Government leader Carrie Lam had also hoped to give foreign companies and investors the sense that, despite a political purge of the past 12 months, things would just carry on as before. Business as usual, so to speak.
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