Xi warns against challenging China's authority over Hong Kong

Innovation laggard Hong Kong needs to update its laws

In a lengthy speech made at Carrie Lam (林鄭月娥)'s swearing-in ceremony as the fifth chief executive since Hong Kong was handed over to China by Britain in 1997, the Chinese leader reassured the success of the "one country, two systems" rule implemented two decades ago as serving the interests of the country as well as its people.

Xi said yesterday that any threat to China's sovereignty and security or to the power of the central government "crosses the red line and is absolutely impermissible".

Chinese President Xi Jinping has departed Hong Kong, ending his three day visit to the city to mark a key anniversary and preside over a leadership transition.

Shortly before Xi greeted his soldiers, several of the most prominent faces of the city's pro-democracy movement left the police station where they had been held on Wednesday.

The Sino-British Joint Declaration gave Hong Kong rights unseen in China through a "one country, two systems" agreement, lasting 50 years.

In addition to mainland China, these positions also imply a break with previous generations, who are prone to be away from politics as long as the economy thrives, and with the traditional pan-democratic parties, for whom their Chinese identity is not in question even if they do not share the Decisions of the Communist authorities.

The official transcript of Xi's speech was printed in the mainland's simplified characters instead of Hong Kong's traditional complex characters.

"What we've experienced this weekend was a whole new level of intimidation and direct violence", activist Avery Ng says.

Multiple attempts by protesters to get anywhere near Xi during his time in the city ended in failure, while a pro-Hong Kong independence rally scheduled for Friday night was canceled after police refused organizers permission to use a public square.


She and her cabinet swore to serve China and Hong Kong and to uphold the Basic Law, the territory's mini-constitution.

"I believe that under the leadership of Madam Lam Cheng Yuet Ngor, Hong Kong people will strive to maintain Hong Kong's prosperity and stability, take full advantage of the unprecedented development opportunities of the country, and working together with the people of the mainland, jointly write a new chapter in Hong Kong's history", Luo said.

The night before the march, members of the Hong Kong National Party gathered at the Baptist University campus, chanting "No Chinese colonization" and "Hong Kong independence", as well as "We are not Chinese, we are Hongkongers".

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers his speech after swearing in new Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor (not pictured) during her inauguration ceremony at the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre in Hong Kong, China, 01 July 2017.

"In the long term, Hong Kong's capital could become very exciting thanks to the potential offered by Belt and Road projects, and the development of the Pearl River Delta economic zone", he said.

Xi has pledged support for the "one state, two system" principle allowing Hong Kong to retain its autonomy and civil liberties.

Democracy campaigners clashed with pro-Beijing supporters near the venue, with police separating the two sides.

Ahead of Mr Xi's arrival, 26 pro-democracy activist were arrested and detained for trying to scale an iconic statue symbolising the take-over.

Hundreds of protesters demanded the release of Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo and justice for victims of the Tiananmen crackdown in Beijing in 1989. This was meant to provide Hong Kong autonomy.

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