‘Shock and awe’ for Hong Kong as China targets elections

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    China’s biggest political gathering of the year has opened in Beijing.

    In the face of rising international criticism, the country’s leaders have outlined its economic and environmental goals for the next five years.

    But the proceedings have been overshadowed by the announcement of laws to overhaul Hong Kong’s electoral system.

    Al Jazeera’s Katrina Yu reports from Beijing, China.

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