China approved a resolution to overhaul Hong Kong’s electoral system.
National People’s Congress (NPC) on Thursday passed the “patriots governing Hong Kong” resolution that will vet and elect only pro-Beijing candidates.
The former British colony was handed back to China in 1997 under a model called “one country, two systems”.
Under the deal, which gave the territory freedoms not available in mainland China, Hong Kong also had its own mini-constitution and an elected parliament.
The latest Chinese move follows a series of measures that have tightened Beijing’s grip on Hong Kong, including the passing of a national security law and a crackdown on activists and opposition politicians.
Detailed legislation will now be drafted and could be enacted in Hong Kong within the next few months.
Critics say they the proposal will effectively wipe out any remaining opposition.
Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam says she and Hong Kong’s government “firmly support” the move.