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The inside of a movie theater in Hong Kong. Photo: Roy Liu/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Hong Kong's government on Friday announced it will censor films that it says are endangering national security.

Why it matters: "The new guidelines ... are the latest sign of how thoroughly Hong Kong, a semiautonomous Chinese territory, is being reshaped by a security law enacted last year to quash antigovernment protests," the New York Times writes.

Details: The new guidelines state that Hong Kong officials are responsible for safeguarding national security, meaning they have the authority to examine and classify films, and ultimately block their distribution.

  • Movies that are seen as "objectively and reasonably capable of being perceived as endorsing, supporting, promoting, glorifying, encouraging or inciting" activities that "amount to an [offense] endangering national security" will be considered unfit for release, according to the guidelines.

What they're saying: "Although fundamental rights ... should be respected, the exercise of such rights are subject to restrictions provided by law that are necessary for pursuing legitimate aims, such as respecting the rights or reputation of others, and the protection of national security or public order, or public health or morals," a spokesperson for the Hong Kong government said in a statement.

Go deeper: New Hong Kong law sets harsh penalties for broadly defined political crimes

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U.S. shifts tactics to confront China's tech strength

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Besting China is one of the very few goals that Democrats and Republicans in Washington can agree on — as a new White House executive order and Senate passage of a new $200 billion bill, both targeting China's tech industry, show.

Yes, but: Where the Trump administration took an impulsive and haphazard approach to banning Chinese companies and products, President Biden is approaching the China rivalry in a more systematic and process-oriented way.

House passes $768 billion defense spending bill

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The House approved a $768 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the 2022 fiscal year in a bipartisan 316-113 vote on Thursday.

Why it matters: The annual bill, which authorizes Pentagon spending levels and guides policy for the department, would require women to register for the military draft, among other provisions.

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Republicans’ secret lobbying

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

The five Senate Republicans who helped negotiate and draft the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill have been privately courting their Republican colleagues to pass the measure in the House.

Why it matters: House GOP leaders are actively urging their members to oppose the bill. The senators are working to undercut that effort as Monday shapes up as a do-or-die moment for the bipartisan bill.