14:52 GMT19 April 2021
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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States condemned China’s activities against democratic institutions in Hong Kong after the Chinese parliament passed a resolution to reform the territory's electoral system, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on Thursday.

    “We condemn the PRC’s continuing assaults on democratic institutions in Hong Kong,” Price said during a press briefing. “The changes approved by the National People’s Congress today, on March 11, are a direct attack on Hong Kong's autonomy, its freedoms and democratic processes, limiting political participation, reducing democratic representation, and stifling political debate in order to defy the clear will of people in Hong Kong and deny their voices in their own governance.”

    Earlier in the day, the National People's Congress of China adopted the resolution at the final parliamentary session with 2,895 votes in favor of the reform and just one abstention.

    In a statement published on the Hong Kong government's website, regional Chief Executive Carrie Lam said that Beijing implemented the initiative to adjust Hong Kong's electoral system, so it fits the so-called “one country, two systems” principle.


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