China tells Hong Kong: Independence Movement will go Nowhere
Monday, 06 March 2017

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has for the first time publicly denounced the notion of Hong Kong independence in his annual work report, warning that the movement would “lead nowhere”.

While Beijing’s firm rejection of such separatist sentiments is well-known, the mention of Hong Kong independence in the annual government report was unprecedented. It is likely to be read as a strong signal to candidates of the coming chief executive election that the winner would be expected to handle the issue without compromise.

In keeping with the warning, Li said Beijing was committed to the principle of “one country, two systems” in Hong Kong, without it being “bent or distorted”.


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