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

07:05  14 december  2019
07:05  14 december  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Hong Kong police chief calls for peace ahead of big protest march

  Hong Kong police chief calls for peace ahead of big protest march Hong Kong police chief calls for peace ahead of big protest marchPolice on Thursday gave a rare green light to the demonstration, organized by the Civil Human Rights Front, the group that called the million-strong marches in the summer. Sunday's march is a key gauge of the pro-democracy movement's support following its sweeping victory in local elections.

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.

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.

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 protests flare ahead of Xi meeting with city leader

  Hong Kong protests flare ahead of Xi meeting with city leader Hong Kong protests flare ahead of Xi meeting with city leaderHong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, in the Chinese capital for a regular duty visit, is set to meet Xi Jinping amid speculation the visit could yield fresh directives on the city's political crisis, including a possible cabinet reshuffle.

Pro- Beijing camp, pro-establishment camp or pro-China camp (Chinese: 建制派 or 親中派) refers to a political alignment in Hong Kong which generally supports the policies of the Beijing central

Carrie Lam says legislation that would allow suspects to be sent to mainland China ‘caused a lot of division’.

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)

'We're next': Hong Kongers rally for China's Uighurs .
Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters rallied in solidarity with China's Uighurs on Sunday in a move likely to infuriate Beijing as they likened their plight to that of the oppressed Muslim minority. © DALE DE LA REY China runs Hong Kong on a 'one country, two systems' model which allows the financial hub key freedoms that are denied people on the authoritarian mainland The rally was broken up when riot police swooped in after some protesters removed a Chinese flag from a nearby government building.

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