Xi hails successful Hong Kong vote in meeting with Carrie Lam

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Chinese President Xi Jinping strongly endorsed Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam on Wednesday, saying the former British colony had transformed "from chaos to order" since a controversial security law was imposed last year, the city's media reported. Xi hails successful Hong Kong vote in meeting with Carrie LamChinese President Xi Jinping strongly endorsed Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam on Wednesday, saying the former British colony had transformed “from chaos to order” since a controversial security law was imposed last year, the city’s media reported.

China has overseen a sweeping crackdown in Hong Kong after huge and often violent democracy protests two years ago, introducing a national security law that criminalised much dissent and introduced political rules that vet the loyalty of anyone standing for office.

The first public vote under this new order was held on Sunday for the city’s legislature, with a historic low turnout recorded.

Despite only 30 percent of the electorate casting ballots, Lam appeared to be given support by the central government on a three-day visit to Beijing this week.

Beijing “fully affirms” the Lam administration’s work, Xi told the territory’s chief executive in opening comments at a meeting shown by broadcaster RTHK and other Hong Kong TV channels.

The situation was “continuously changing for the better”, Xi said, adding the weekend’s vote had been “held successfully” under Beijing’s changes to Hong Kong’s electoral system.

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