Xi Jinping
China's President Xi Jinping (C) applauding with other leaders and delegates after the result of the vote on changes to Hong Kong's election system was announced during the closing session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Chinese leaders on March 30, 2021 endorsed a sweeping overhaul of Hong Kong's electoral system, creating powers to vet anyone standing for public office and slashing the number of directly elected politicians. Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP
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China approves radical overhaul of Hong Kong’s political system

BEIJING, March 30, 2021 (AFP) - Chinese leaders endorsed a sweeping overhaul of Hong Kong's electoral system Tuesday, slashing its number of directly elected seats and ensuring a majority of