Singapore — The top echelon of China’s parliament is convening for the second time in less than two weeks. For a body that normally meets every other month, the extraordinary session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) standing committee is a sign that it has urgent business to attend to.

The pressing business at hand concerns Hong Kong. The NPC is racing to finalise and pass a contentious national security law for Hong Kong that could come into force before Wednesday, the 23rd anniversary of the former British colony’s return to Chinese sovereignty.

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