Critics say mini-constitution would be contravened by Chinese officers controlling part of new high-speed rail station and enforcing mainland law

A Hong Kong government plan to lease part of a new high-speed rail station to China and allow Chinese police to enforce mainland laws has sparked new fears the city is losing its autonomy.

The proposal, which has drawn heavy criticism from pro-democracy lawmakers, would see mainland police patrol Hong Kong for the first time as part of joint immigration checks at a rail terminus in the West Kowloon neighbourhood, possibly in violation of the city’s mini-constitution, the Basic Law.

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