China considers bill limiting Hong Kong opposition activity

BEIJING (AP) — A spokesperson says China’s ceremonial parliament will consider a bill that could limit opposition activity in Hong Kong. He says the National People’s Congress will deliberate a bill on “establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to safeguard national security.” The comments on the eve of the opening of the congress’s annual session appear to confirm speculation that China will sidestep semi-autonomous Hong Kong’s own legislative body in enacting legislation to crack down on activity Beijing considers subversive. Such a move has long been under consideration but was hastened by months of anti-government protests last year in the former British colony that was handed over to Chinese rule in 1997.