China's Xi talks tough on Hong Kong as tens of thousands call for democracy

China's Xi talks tough on Hong Kong as tens of thousands call for democracyBy James Pomfret and Venus Wu HONG KONG (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping swore in Hong Kong’s new leader on Saturday with a stark warning that Beijing won’t tolerate any challenge to its authority in the divided city as it marked the 20th anniversary of its return from Britain to China. Police blocked roads, preventing pro-democracy protesters from getting to the harbor-front venue close to where the last colonial governor, Chris Patten, tearfully handed back Hong Kong to China in the pouring rain in 1997. Xi said Hong Kong should crack down on moves towards “Hong Kong independence”.



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