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Hong Kong leader Lam heads for Beijing as pressure mounts at home

 

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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam is seen before signing a memorandum of understanding on strengthening of economics relations at government house in Bangkok, Thailand November 29, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

 

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam left for Beijing on Saturday for her first visit to the Chinese capital since her government was handed a crushing defeat in local elections last month, prompting speculation about changes to her leadership team.

 

Lam is due to discuss the political and economic situation in the China-ruled city with Beijing officials during a four-day visit. She will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday, local media have said.

 

Hong Kong has been convulsed by daily and often violent protests for the last six months as demonstrations against a now-withdrawn extradition bill broadened into demands for greater democratic freedom.

 

Hundreds of thousands of people marched last Sunday to protest against what is seen as Beijing undermining freedoms guaranteed when the former British colony was handed back to China in 1997. Many young protesters are also angry at Lam's government, charging it with failing to address social inequality issues in one of the world's most expensive cities.

 

This week Lam said a cabinet reshuffle was not an "immediate task" and she would focus her efforts on restoring law and order to Hong Kong. Still there are doubts about how long Beijing is willing to back her. Especially after pro-democracy candidates won nearly 90% of the seats in district elections last month.

 

China has condemned the unrest and blamed foreign interference. It denies that it is meddling in Hong Kong's affairs. In an editorial this week, the official China Daily newspaper called on Hong Kong's government to uphold the rule of law.

 

Separately, police have arrested five teenagers in connection with the murder of a 70-year-old man last month and for rioting, the government said.

 

The man had been assaulted by someone with bricks and later died in hospital, the government said in a statement.

 

(Reporting by Clare Jim; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Michael Perry)

 

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"Hong Kong has been convulsed by daily and often violent protests for the past six months  . . . . "

 

Very badly expressed as the use of "has been" gives the impression that the violent protests are ongoing. Should have used "was." 

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2 hours ago, rooster59 said:

China has condemned the unrest and blamed foreign interference. It denies that it is meddling in Hong Kong's affairs. In an editorial this week, the official China Daily newspaper called on Hong Kong's government to uphold the rule of law.

The only foreign interference that was apparent was at the ballot box.  Foreigners living on Hong Kong past seven years can vote.  The whole mess rests on Lam and her sidekicks including Allen Zeman.  Very little in the way of conversation took place.  Just very poor leadership.

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1 hour ago, harada said:

One way ticket ?

Maybe - but as we all know, "Be careful what we wish for" and, "Better the devil you know"...…. 

 

China never gives up!

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She is a lightning rod....there is no way there will be any kind of “negotiated peace” as long as she is in charge. She should have been replaced long ago. 

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There is an easy fix to the troubles in Hong Kong. Yes really!

 

If Beijing said that we will build 100,000 new apartments over the next 3 years. But we need peace and harmony in the Territory to do it.

 

Then there would be peace because the people need and want homes that they can own. Only the PRC has the ability to face down the "Fatcats" holding the people in Hong Kong at their mercy.

 

For most young people home owning is a dream only. An impossible dream.  How much goodwill could be created by China if they did this?

 

I urge the PRC of China to act for the people of Hong Kong.

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