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Hong Kong protests

Beijing signals possible intervention as Hong Kong's Lam stays on

City's leader says stepping down an 'easy choice,' but remains committed to job

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam denied on Tuesday that she had tried to resign as the leader of the city after a leaked recording of a closed-door conversation suggested that Beijing may have prevented her from quitting. Beijing later in the day reiterated its support for Lam and signaled that it would not rule out intervention if tensions in the city escalate.

"I have never tendered a resignation to the Central People of Government," Lam told reporters at a news conference in Hong Kong. "The choice of not resigning is my own," she continued, adding that what she said in private only reflected her feeling as an individual -- not as a leader of Hong Kong.

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