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Chinese officials lecture Hong Kong legislators on Five Year Plan

Beijing breaks protocol with visit, warning city to 'get moving' economically

Chief Executive Carrie Lam and other Hong Kong officials join visiting Beijing leaders at a seminar Aug. 23. (Photo provided by Hong Kong Information Services Department)

HONG KONG -- Chinese officials addressed Hong Kong lawmakers at the city's legislature for the first time on Monday, lecturing them about priorities as the country moves into a new five-year economic plan.

Beijing officials usually invite Hong Kong legislators to meet with them in Shenzhen or other mainland cities, in a nod to the "one country, two systems" framework under which China promised autonomy to the territory when it regained control over Hong Kong from Britain in 1997. But many such taboos have given way amid China's crackdown on dissent in the city since 2020.

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