China re­views heav­ily crit­i­cized HK se­cu­rity bill

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China’s leg­is­la­ture on

Sun­day be­gan re­view­ing a con­tro­ver­sial na­tional se­cu­rity bill for Hong Kong that crit­ics world­wide say will se­verely com­pro­mise hu­man rights in the semi-au­tonomous Chi­nese ter­ri­tory.

The Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress Stand­ing Com­mit­tee took up the bill at the start of a three­day ses­sion, China’s of­fi­cial Xin­hua News Agency re­ported. China has said it is de­ter­mined to en­act the law, and its pas­sage is ex­pected by Tues­day.

The US says it will re­spond by end­ing fa­vor­able trad­ing terms granted to the former Bri­tish colony after it passed to Chi­nese con­trol in 1997.

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