China's Xi draws 'red line' in Hong Kong as protesters march

China's Xi draws 'red line' in Hong Kong as protesters marchChina’s President Xi Jinping warned on Saturday that any challenge to Beijing’s control over Hong Kong crossed a “red line”, as thousands calling for more democracy marched through the city 20 years since it was handed back by Britain. Xi spoke in a televised address after swearing in new Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, who is already being cast by critics as a China stooge in a city where many are angry at Beijing’s tightening grip on the freedoms of its nearly eight million people. A huge security operation 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.



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