China says it only wants ‘patriots’ to be in charge of Hong Kong

China is making one message clear: If you aren’t supportive of China, you aren’t welcome to be part of Hong Kong‘s government.

In a Monday speech, Xia Baolong, chief of Beijing’s office on Hong Kong affairs, said he only wants “patriots ruling Hong Kong.”

The Chinese official signaled the country would impose a set of electoral reforms on the city, though what those reforms would be was left unclear.

“Only in Hong Kong would some people show off their rebellion against their motherland. … Or even use their opposition to the country, the
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