Hong Kong freedoms 'eroded' by China: British MPs

Demonstrators display colonial flags during a march for democracy in Hong Kong on February 1, 2015Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy from China is being “eroded”, an influential committee of British MPs warned Friday, voicing concern about the former colony’s “direction of travel”. In a report on Britain’s relations with Hong Kong, the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee warned the city could face a “crisis of governance” unless tensions over how it is ruled are resolved. Last year saw weeks of protests after China announced that candidates to be the city’s next leader in a 2017 vote would be vetted by a pro-Beijing committee. Members of parliament (MPs) were barred from entering Hong Kong by China in December to research the report as the demonstrations continued, with Chinese officials accusing them of acting as a colonial power.

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