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Hong Kong: compliant in principle

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive John Lee during his keynote speech on Wednesday

The long shadow of Beijing’s central government loomed over John Lee’s first keynote speech. Right at the beginning, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive once again thanked China’s President and Party Leader Xi Jinping for his words of encouragement when he took office. This would have been an understandable gesture if Lee had only taken office the day before. However, it has already been more than three and a half months since the former police chief took over the city’s administration.

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