China’s Xi Jinping Scolds Hong Kong — “Absolutely impermissible” to challenge China — Stepping up security and “patriotic education”

Peace and Freedom

The Associated Press

© Anthony Wallace, AFP | China’s President Xi Jinping leaves the stage after giving a speech following the swearing-in of Hong Kong’s new Chief Executive Carrie Lam as the territory’s new leader.

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2017-07-01

Marking 20 years since Hong Kong’s handover from Britain on Saturday, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned the territory against challenging Beijing’s authority.

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday said any activities in Hong Kong seen as threatening China’s sovereignty and stability would be “absolutely impermissible,” employing some of his harshest language yet toward pro-democracy activities in the territory.

In a speech marking 20 years since the city became a semi-autonomous Chinese region after its handover from Britain, Xi pledged Beijing’s support for the “one country, two systems” blueprint, under which Hong Kong controls many of its own affairs and retains civil liberties including free speech.

However, he…

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