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China stamps its authority on Hong Kong government spill

The shake-up is the biggest under the administration of embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, who has rejected repeated calls to step down even after admitting she had caused “unforgivable havoc” by igniting political turmoil last year.

Protests that escalated in June evolved into a broader pro-democracy movement that is expected to pick up steam after shutting down during the coronavirus outbreak, as debate rages over Beijing’s increasing influence in the global financial hub.

Ratcheting up tensions in the past week, Beijing’s top representative office in the city enraged democrats when it said it was not bound by a law that restricts interference by other mainland Chinese agencies in the former British colony.

The remarks prompted conflicting statements from the Hong Kong government at the weekend regarding the legal status of Beijing’s Liaison Office, and Nip apologised for the confusion.


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