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China Stands by the Hong Kong CEO despite massive protest

The Protests started when Lam - the leader of Hong Kong passed a bill that will allow the hong kong citizens to be extradicted to China, If they commit any crime in Hong Kong.

The Protest comes at a time for Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is grappling with an U.S. trade war, a slowing economy and regional strategic tension. Hong Kong has been governed under a “one country, two systems” formula since its return to Chinese Mainland in 1997, including an independent judiciary, but short of a fully democratic vote.

“The Chinese government, the central government, has always fully affirmed the work of chief executive Carrie Lam and the Hong Kong government,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a news conference.

Protest organisers almost two million people - out of Hong Kong’s population of around seven million - on Sunday to demand that Lam resign, in what is becoming the most significant challenge to China since 1997.

Reuters on Monday reported that A senior Hong Kong official close to the Beijing-backed Lam said that the Beijing was not likely to let her step down, even if she wanted to, saying “it would create more sorts of problems than it solves, at all sorts of levels”.

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