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In Hong Kong, Chief Executive Carrie Lam today said that the 'one country, two systems' framework under which the city enjoys freedoms unknown in China could continue after a 2047 deadline if loyalty to Beijing is upheld.

Ms Lam's comments at the Legislative Council appeared to be an appeal to those in Hong Kong who see Beijing as tightening its control over the semi-autonomous territory's civic, economic and political life.

Hong Kong has been wracked by often violent anti-government protests since June last year.

Hong Kong was handed over from British to Chinese rule in 1997 with a promise that it would maintain its own capitalist economy and Western-style institutions for 50 years.




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