How is Beijing reshaping Hong Kong through the national security law?
21 June 2021 | 8:40 am
Human rights activists warn the law "criminalizes free speech" and forces Hong Kongers to "pledge loyalty" to Beijing. "It's about training people to conform to Chinese Communist Party rules."
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