Abstract

Abstract:

China's move to impose on Hong Kong a new National Security Law (NSL) in 2020 and accompanying "electoral reforms" in 2021 represent a complete hollowing out and abandonment of the city's liberal-democratic constitutional model that Beijing had promised to let stand. These policies turned Hong Kong's vaunted legal system into the chief instrument of repression, challenging the independence of the city's courts, law enforcement, and legislative process. This article traces the mass arrests made under the NSL and other challenges posed to basic freedoms across all sectors of the city's society. Does this hollowing out of constitutional guarantees represent the oft-discussed PRC alternative to Western liberal democracy?

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 100-115
Launched on MUSE
2022-01-15
Open Access
No
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