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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Patten Chastises China

HONG KONG () -- In his strongest attack yet, Governor Chris Patten lashed out Thursday at China's proposal to dilute Hong Kong's civil liberties laws, including its bill of rights.

"Nobody who has spent more than a few minutes in Hong Kong over the last few days can be in any doubt that they are repugnant to the community," Patten said in a statement.

China's handpicked preparatory committee of 150 Chinese and Hong Kong officials, responsible for transforming the British colony into a special administrative region of China, begins a two-day meeting Friday in Beijing at which the proposal will be discussed.