BEIJING - China's top legislature on Monday effectively barred two democratically elected separatist lawmakers from taking office in
Hong Kong, an intervention into a local political dispute that's likely to spark further turmoil in the southern Chinese city.
The National People's Congress Standing Committee in Beijing issued a ruling on a section of Hong Kong's mini-constitution covering oaths taken by officials. It acted after a provocative display of anti-China sentiment by two newly elected pro-independence Hong Kong lawmakers at their swearing-in ceremony last month.
Hong Kong's government will fully implement the interpretation, said Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, the Beijing-backed leader of the semiautonomous Chinese region.