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EU warns against electoral reform in Hong Kong

The EU warns against Beijing’s announced change to the electoral law in Hong Kong. If enacted, such a reform would have“potentially far-reaching negative consequences for democratic principles and democratically elected representatives in Hong Kong,” EU foreign affairs envoy Josep Borrell said. The EU urged the authorities in Beijing to “carefully consider” the political and economic implications of reforming Hong Kong’s electoral system. If there is a “further serious deterioration of political freedoms and human rights”, the EU is ready to take additional steps, he said. Borrell did not say what these might look like.

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