Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (Image: AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

After a quiet six months following the 2019 Hong Kong protests, the clash over Beijing’s ever-creeping influence in the city resumed last weekend, with all eyes on September’s Legislative Council (LegCo) elections.

The latest moves by pro-Beijing lawmakers -- who dominate the LegCo -- have made clear the intentions of China’s ruling Communist Party (CCP) to “reform” the city’s education system, as well as to support a new bill that would see large fines issued to anyone “disrespecting” the Chinese national anthem.

"The schools seem to have become a lawless place that can unscrupulously promote heresies, attack the 'one country, two systems' and discredit the nation state," commentary on the website of state news wire Xinhua said.