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China says not legally bound to 50 years of Hong Kong autonomy

US and UK counter the 1984 promise is an international obligation

A pro-democracy demonstrator waves the British colonial era flag during a protest against new national security legislation in Hong Kong.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- China's plans for new national security legislation in Hong Kong have sparked a massive debate about the mainland's obligations to the former British colony, including whether Beijing is beholden to a 1984 declaration promising 50 years of autonomy to the city.

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