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Hong Kong protests

Beijing draws up plan to replace Carrie Lam as Hong Kong chief

Chief executive would resign by March under proposal that needs Xi's sign off

Carrie Lam has drawn criticism for her handling of the political crisis.   © Reuters

HONG KONG (Financial Times) -- The Chinese government is drawing up a plan to replace Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's leader, with an "interim" chief executive following violent protests against her administration, according to people briefed on the deliberations.

The people said that if Xi Jinping, China's president, decided to go ahead, Ms Lam's successor would be installed by March and cover the remainder of her term, which ends in 2022. They would not necessarily stay on for a full five-year term afterwards.

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