While American journalists focused on CPAC over the weekend, the Beijing-controlled Hong Kong government charged 47 dissidents under the National Security Law. Their crime? Last July they held an unofficial primary vote prior to Legislative Council elections in September. They wanted to choose the best pro-democracy candidates to run for office, with the goal of securing a majority in the Council.
Over 600,000 Hong Kongers cast their votes for the pro-democracy candidates, which poked the CCP dragon.