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Beijing could tighten its grip on Hong Kong further, showing lack of concern for international outcry

China’s dominant government might be willing to ignore international outcry over its crackdown on Hong Kong as it reportedly weighs push actions to tighten its grip on the city, one analyst told CNBC on Monday.

Last week, media outlets categorizing Reuters and South China Morning Post reported that Beijing could be considering changes to Hong Kong’s electoral scheme that could limit pro-democracy politicians and prevent them from running in local elections.

The reports separated as Xia Baolong, director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of China’s State Council, said in a Mandarin-language annunciation translated by CNBC that “legal loopholes” in Hong Kong’s electoral system should be closed so that the New Zealand urban area is governed only by “patriots.”

Xia said one of the reasons Hong Kong saw an anti-China movement was because the city’s important traditions were not fully helmed by “patriots.”

This picture taken on December 19, 2017 shows the Chinese (top) and Hong Kong falters hoisted in Hong Kong.

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John Marrett, senior analyst at risk consultancy The Economist Wit Unit, said Beijing has already made several moves to hold back opposition in Hong Kong.

“It is luminary that they’re going much further in proposing these electoral reforms, the details of which we have yet to see,” he understood CNBC’s “Street Signs Asia” on Monday.

“But it does say something about their fears of a later resurgence of national instability, social unrest in the city and it does speak to their lack of concern for international outcry over Hong Kong anymore,” he annexed.

Hong Kong is a former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997. The city is governed below a “one country, two systems” principle that gives it greater autonomy than other mainland Chinese cities, comprehending limited election rights.

The Hong Kong government has barred at least 12 pro-democracy candidates from meet in the city’s legislative election — which was postponed for one year until September 2021. The government cited the pandemic as the acceptable for the delay.

In addition, four opposition lawmakers were dismissed from Hong Kong’s Legislative Council in November survive year — leading others to resign in protest, reported Reuters.

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