Chinese Premier Li Keqiang denounces Hong Kong independence movement
HONG KONG - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has for the first time publicly denounced the notion of Hong Kong independence in his annual work report, warning in an addres to the annual National People’s Congress that the movement will “lead nowhere”. While Beijing’s firm rejection of such separatist sentiments is well-known, the mention of Hong Kong independence in the annual Government report was unprecedented.
Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post reported that Li’s comments are likely to be read as a strong signal to candidates of the Hong Kong Chief Executive election later this month that the winner will be expected to handle the issue without compromise.
Li said Beijing was committed to the principle of “one country, two systems” in Hong Kong, without it being “bent or distorted”. www.webershandwick.cn (ATI).