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China prepares to carve in stone Hong Kong election overhaul

Beijing seeks to railroad controversial changes into law amid international censure

Hong Kong voters would not be able to pick "unpatriotic" candidates under an amended election law being debated by China.   © Reuters

BEIJING/HONG KONG -- Chinese lawmakers started Monday to finalize Hong Kong election law revisions to bar pro-democracy candidates from running in the once-autonomous territory.

The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress will debate the legislation, with a Hong Kong newspaper reporting that a vote is expected Tuesday -- a departure from the two rounds of debate usually needed.

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