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Friday, September 05, 2003

Hong Kong Government Backs Off

This one should get all the China bloggers commenting:

The Hong Kong government says it has withdrawn a controversial anti-subversion bill which sparked the territory's biggest political crisis in years. "We will consult the public again and before that we will not legislate," Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa told reporters on Friday. Tung said the government had no timetable for re-introducing the bill, which is required by its constitution, but added there would be public consultations first. Critics have feared the planned legislation would trample on basic civil rights. Massive public demonstrations against it rocked Hong Kong's government in July and alarmed leaders in Beijing.

Postcript: I was right about the Sino-blog community. See (eg) ( here ) and ( here ).

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