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NPC session: China abandons 2020 GDP target; introduces new security law for Hong Kong

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China kicked off its much-delayed annual parliament session on Friday with the government, in a rare move, did not set any specific target for this year's GDP, citing uncertainties arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic. China introduced the draft of a controversial national security law in Hong Kong in its parliament to tighten Beijing's control over the former British colony, in what could be the biggest blow to the territory's autonomy and personal freedoms since 1997 when it came under Chinese rule.

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