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Hong Kong seeks boost from China to jump-start economy

Carrie Lam says national security law 'remarkably effective' in restoring order

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam delivers her annual policy address in the Legislative Council chamber on Wednesday.    © AFP/Jiji

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced on Wednesday a host of new measures to further integrate the city's battered economy with mainland China in an effort to seek new growth as the financial hub reels from its worst recession on record amid the coronavirus pandemic and the aftermath of last year's social unrest.

In her annual policy address, Lam repeatedly emphasized the importance of maintaining social stability and promoting patriotic education in the restive former British colony, hailing the sweeping national security law imposed by Beijing in June as "remarkably effective" in bringing peace and order despite international pushback including U.S. sanctions.

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