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Hong Kong protests

China to start work on Hong Kong security bills June 18

Legislation aimed at stifling 'subversion' could go into effect this month

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Premier Li Keqiang cast their votes on the national security legislation for Hong Kong at the closing session of the National People's Congress in Beijing on May 28.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China will hammer out the details of pending national security laws to be imposed on Hong Kong starting June 18 amid protests in the territory over fears that the legislation will imperil civil liberties.

The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress -- the country's parliament -- decided the schedule for the three-day meeting on Tuesday, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

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