The work on a national security law for Hong Kong was so secretive that Beijing's usual allies in the territory were not consulted.
Even the city's sole representative to China's top lawmaking body had little idea of what was to come.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 05, 2020, with the headline 'Inside Beijing's plan to enact a national security law for HK'. Print Edition | Subscribe
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