According to the Global Times, the reform involves removing "deep-rooted loopholes" in Hong Kong's current political system and meeting fundamental demands on "the patriots who govern this area of ​​the country."

According to the South China Morning Post, Xia Baolong, Director of the State Council Office for Hong Kong and Macau Affairs, speaking about the concept of patriots, explained that such people will be considered as people who sincerely defend national sovereignty, security and development interests, as well as respecting the constitutional order and the system. country.

In the summer of 2020, the Hong Kong administration decided to postpone the elections to the legislature of the special administrative region due to the worsening epidemiological situation. They are slated for September 5, 2021.