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Hong Kong leader postpones policy address to attend Xi's speech

Carrie Lam to meet with officials in Beijing later this month for economic talks

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam abruptly postponed her annual policy address, a political event widely considered one of the most important in the territory, in order to attend a speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping across the city's border with the mainland.

The announcement came shortly after Beijing said on Monday that Xi would speak in Shenzhen to mark the 40th anniversary of establishment of China's first special economic zone there.

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