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China's Premier Li Keqiang delivers a government work report during the opening session of the National People's Congress in Beijing on March 5. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

'Hong Kong independence' will lead nowhere: China's Li

Chinese premier's congress speech underlines Beijing's threat perceptions

JOYCE HO, Nikkei staff writer | China

BEIJING -- Hong Kong's pro-independence movement has evidently got on Beijing's nerves, after China's premier Li Keqiang explicitly dismissed it for the first time in his state-of-the-nation address Sunday.

"The notion of Hong Kong independence will lead nowhere," Li said during his opening speech to the the National People's Congress, China's rubber-stamp legislature, which runs in parallel with the advisory Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

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