Xi warns Hong Kong of crossing 'red line' by challenging Beijing

Xi warns Hong Kong of crossing 'red line' by challenging Beijing

Chinese President Xi Jinping warned Saturday that any activities in Hong Kong seen as threatening China's sovereignty and stability would be "absolutely impermissible", employing some of his harshest language yet against burgeoning separatist sentiment in the territory. Mrs. Lam has said she wants to ensure children learn from a young age to say they are Chinese, which has prompted concerns about efforts to add "patriotic education" to the curriculum.

The message comes as young activists have emerged calling for self-determination or even full independence for Hong Kong, which has infuriated Beijing.

"The people of Hong Kong are very angry on this July 1 march, marking the 20th anniversary of the handover", lawmaker Lau Siu-lai told RFA.

"In the 20 years since Hong Kong was returned to the motherland, the success of 'one country, two systems' is recognized by the whole world", Xi said.

The Sino-British Joint Declaration, signed in 1984 by then-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang, laid out how Britain would end its century-and-a-half long rule over Hong Kong. "At the same time, there was a strong warning to the localists and the pro-independence people".

They're two polarizing issues that have the potential to mobilize big crowds to take to the streets. "I don't think that the outlook outside the European Union is one in which we are more likely to behave honourably towards Hong Kong than we have inside".

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On Saturday afternoon, they were free to express themselves once more as they marched through central Hong Kong from Victoria Park to government offices.

In his words, China had made it "categorically clear" in talks with Britain in the 1980s that "sovereignty is not for negotiation".

Activists scoffed at Xi's remarks.

The pro-democracy party, Demosisto, said police had arrested five of its members, and four members from the League of Social Democrats.

"Carrie Lam.is a nightmare for Hong Kong", he said.

A large group of pro-China protesters was allowed to remain, waving flags and chanting "Long live China".

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The Chinese premier's speech was followed by Lam's address to her people.

They're people like Weiqi Zhu, a derivatives trader at UBS in Hong Kong.

Calls for the city to break away from China grew out of the failure of the mass pro-democracy rallies in 2014 to win political reform. The same goes for books that present Xi and other top Communist Party leaders in a negative light, whether they be carefully argued scholarly works or lurid, gossipy biographies. "Things are much more tense".

Still, some say such faith may be misplaced and point out that the British did nothing to promote democracy until the dying days of more than 150 years of colonial rule. More than 37,500 BN (O) passports were issued previous year, a 44 percent jump on 2015 and the highest number for more than a decade, government data shows. The protesters, including "Umbrella Movement" leaders Joshua Wong and Nathan Law, were not released until early Friday morning. Security has been tight ahead of the July 1 anniversary, with some 9,000 police reportedly deployed to maintain order. The key themes of the protests were reclaim Hong Kong and release of Liu Xiaobo, the jailed Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace prize victor who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Consider, for example, the biggest news story out of Beijing on Monday, the same day Hong Kong's golden statue was disappearing: the partial reappearance of jailed Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo.

However, ideologies held by localist groups and pro-Hong Kong independence groups are not the same, and the ideas people hold regarding independence change rapidly, Chan said.

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