China’s Xi Jinping Warns of ‘Red Line’ as Hong Kong’s New Leader Is Sworn In — Pro-democracy groups say “Don’t come out and fight, then Hong Kong will turn into China.”

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Hong Kong’s new Chief Executive Carrie Lam in Hong Kong on Saturday.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Hong Kong’s new Chief Executive Carrie Lam in Hong Kong on Saturday. PHOTO: FAVRE/EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
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Updated July 1, 2017 3:55 a.m. ET

HONG KONG—Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a stern warning to Hong Kong, where a pro-democracy movement has provoked mass protests in recent years, saying that challenges to mainland sovereignty won’t be tolerated.

“Any attempt to endanger China’s sovereignty and security, challenge the power of the central government…or use Hong Kong to carry out infiltration and sabotage activities against the mainland is an act that crosses the red line, and is absolutely impermissible,” Mr. Xi said in a speech marking the 20th anniversary of the city’s return to Chinese rulefrom Britain.

The 64-year-old leader spoke at the end of a three-day visit to…

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