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Beijing seeks to tighten grip over Hong Kong with new security bill

US senators propose legislation to sanction Chinese entities that violate city's sovereignty

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attends the opening session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Friday.   © Reuters

HONG KONG/NEW YORK -- A national security bill that would tighten Beijing's grip over Hong Kong will be presented as a motion to the National People's Congress on Friday, fueling concerns that street protests will flare up again in the semi-autonomous city.

The proposed Chinese law is seen as a replacement of the controversial Article 23, which prohibits acts of "treason, secession, sedition, or subversion." The Hong Kong government was forced to shelve the legislation after half a million people protested against it in 2003.

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