Hong Kong’s colonial past echoes in new police vetting powers, pro-Beijing heavyweights say, but election hurdles could mean few face them

Apr 5, 2021 | INVESTING

The new powers given to Hong Kong’s national security police to vet all election hopefuls are unprecedented and have raised questions about their reach and how those who wield them will ultimately be held to account.Pro-Beijing heavyweights have compared these new police powers with those once exercised by the British intelligence agents who screened senior officials and investigated activists during colonial days. But others said the key difference was that vetting was now being extended to…

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