Carrie Lam: Why HK election changes are welcome

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    The fourth session of the 13th National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, wrapped up on Thursday. At this year’s gathering, Chinese lawmakers adopted a decision on improving Hong Kong’s electoral system. Hong Kong’s Election Committee, which is responsible for nominating candidates for the Chief Executive and Legislative Council, will be expanded in size and given more power. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said the decision would strengthen the “One Country, Two Systems” framework. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam lost no time expressing her support, saying the policy fixed loopholes in the existing electoral system. CGTN’s Tian Wei spoke to Lam in an exclusive interview on the decision to have “patriots administering Hong Kong.”

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