Pro-democracy groups to hold primaries for September LegCo elections

A group of pro-democracy activists announced plans to hold primaries for five directly elected geographical constituencies, the five district council “super seats” and the health services functional constituency.
The primaries are scheduled to take place on 11-12 July.

Trump says Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China so he will end its trade privileges

Trump says the US will start to remove Hong Kong's trade privileges with the US, but gives no details on specific measures or a timetable. SCMP

NPC approves drafting of Hong Kong security law

NPC delegates voted almost unanimously to charge the NPC Standing Committee to go ahead and draft the law.

China to introduce security law through NPC

Li Keqiang announced that China would be putting in place laws and enforcement mechanisms for safeguarding national security in Hong Kong.
Change seen in NPC agenda released Thursday, which included an item on improving national security in Hong Kong.


Hong Kong's GDP down 8.9% in Q1 2020

The government confirmed earlier reports of Q1 2020 GDP being down 8.9% compared with same quarter a year ago and down 5.3% compared with Q4 2019. Reuters

Yoy GDP change, %

Q1   4.6
Q2   3.5
Q3   2.9
Q4   1.2

Q1   0.6
Q2   0.4
Q3  -2.8
Q4  -2.9

Q1  -8.9

HKMAO calls protesters "political virus" which must be eliminated

Statement issued by the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office called protesters a “political virus”. It also said calm would not return to Hong Kong until “poisonous” and “violent” black-clad demonstrators are eliminated. Guardian