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Europe gets involved (or at least they say they will)
The European Union released a statement condemning China for overhauling Hong Kong’s political system, in turn infringing upon international commitments. The Union has threatened to send high-level delegates to visit Hong Kong, and plans to strengthen its response to the local situation by “increasing support to [HK’s] civil society and media”.
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In other news
Lawmaker Regina Ip contributes a diamond Rolex to a lucky draw aimed at boosting local inoculation rates. The catch: eligibility is restricted to fully vaccinated members and followers of the pro-establishment New People’s Party.
Beijing criticises a US$170 billion industrial policy bill intended to boost production and counter the Chinese economic threat.
Lingnan University dissociates itself from its student union and accuses it of being “highly politicised” due to a mass email from the group (paywall) referring to COVID-19 as “Wuhan pneumonia”.
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