Thousands Protest For Democracy As Beijing Issues Strong Warning To Hong Kong

China's Xi warns against'impermissible challenges in Hong Kong

China's Xi warns against'impermissible challenges in Hong Kong

It also represents an important achievement of close collaboration among Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao under the "one country, two systems" framework, he added. More than 1,000 mainland companies had floated in Hong Kong by the end of a year ago, accounting for 51 percent of the total.

Xi hinted that the central government was in favour of Hong Kong introducing "national security" legislation, a controversial issue that brought almost half a million people to the streets in protest in 2003 and ultimately forced former leader Tung Chee-hwa to step down.

Ron Wong, 17, who was marching with his parents, said Xi's visit had been a "show of power of who's in charge".

"It is like the emperor has come to town", said Ms Polly Chan, 60, a retired church minister. Under the initiative, Hong Kong can invest in overseas markets and provide services, such as finance, insurance and basic facilities, Lam said. About 10,000 or a third of the city's police officers were mobilised.

Rain soaked the pro-democracy protesters, who cheered during intermittent flashes of sunshine on the summer afternoon.

"In the future, one of my major responsibilities is to ensure the policies' continuous, successful and comprehensive implementation in Hong Kong", she said.

Off Lantau island, where Hong Kong's global airport is located, the appearance of a new, disruptive landmark is also causing anxiety - the soon-to-be longest bridge in the world.

They urged China to uphold the "one country, two systems" principle, guaranteed by the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration.

Pro-democracy protesters take part in a march marking the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to Chinese sovereignty from British rule.

Plans for that law were shelved in 2003 after 500,000 people took to the streets on July 1 to protest.

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As for Mr Ng, he was marching to demand "real universal suffrage" like many other marchers yesterday.

Lam became the semi-autonomous Chinese region's chief executive Saturday in a ceremony presided over by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Each morning, a white-shirted army of bankers fills the crosswalks of Hong Kong, stopping and starting in unison to the ubiquitous chirping of the city's crosswalk signals, a sound eerily reminiscent of a Las Vegas slot machine room.

China's President Xi Jinping has issued a stern warning to Hong Kong against challenging Chinese authority as his visit to the city for the 20 anniversary since it was returned by Britain has been marked by local pro-democracy protests.

But he told the new government at a meeting to "strike against and contain independence activities".

A huge security operation has shut down large parts of Hong Kong for Xi's three-day visit, reflecting Beijing's concern that there should be no embarrassment ahead of a key Communist Party congress later this year which is expected to cement his position as the most powerful Chinese leader in a generation.

"Vancouver is one of the main places that a lot of Hong Kong Chinese came to, and Kerrisdale, you could say, was ground zero in Vancouver of that transformation", said Yu, a history professor at the University of British Columbia.

Young activists calling for self-determination or independence have emerged as a result.

He also referred to the "humiliation and sorrow" China suffered during the first Opium War in the early 1840s that led to the ceding of Hong Kong to the British.

One of the abducted booksellers, Lee Bo, drew worldwide attention because he was a dual Hong Kong and British citizen, prompting London to rebuke China for a "breach" of Hong Kong's law.

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