Hong Kong lawmakers grill justice chief over China rail link

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© AFP | Pro-democracy lawmakers display signs reading “ceding land with co-location puts Hong Kong in danger” during a meeting to discuss the high-speed rail link

HONG KONG (AFP) – Hong Kong pro-democracy legislators faced off against the city’s justice secretary Thursday over a controversial rail link to mainland China which would see a portion of the city come under Chinese law.

The high-speed train connection with the sprawling southern Chinese cities of Shenzhen and Guangzhou is due to open in 2018 but is facing a mounting backlash.

The proposal for a joint immigration point which would see mainland police and other officials stationed at the new rail terminus in the heart of Hong Kong comes as fears intensify that Beijing is tightening its grip on the semi-autonomous city.

The station is on Hong Kong’s famous harbourfront, not on the border with the mainland, which lies further north.

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