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Hong Kong's 'rule of law' put to test by primacy of security bill

New details show Beijing's move for sweeping control over city's courts

Pro-democracy protesters gather at a mall in Hong Kong on June 15. Such gatherings could become illegal under China's proposed security law.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- The rule of law in Hong Kong, which allowed the city to develop into a vibrant and competitive financial hub, appears on the brink of collapse as China moves to pass national security legislation as early as this month.

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