China rejects referendum on Hong Kong democracy

China has rejected calls for a referendum on direct elections in , Xinhua reported. According to a Reuters report: “China has rejected calls from Hong Kong’s pro- lawmakers for a public referendum on whether local residents should be allowed full, direct from 2007… Hong Kong, a former British colony, returned to Chinese rule in 1997. It was promised a high degree of autonomy over its own affairs after the handover, but Beijing has increasingly stamped its authority over the city’s political future in recent months in response to growing calls for more . ”

In April, China ruled out direct elections for Hong Kong’s leaders.

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