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Hong Kong protests

Five things to know about Beijing's news conference on Hong Kong

Protests prompt central government to break silence in unprecedented fashion

HONG KONG -- The Chinese government's top body for overseeing Hong Kong matters held an unprecedented news conference Monday afternoon to weigh in on the continuing unrest in the former British colony.

The Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office decided to break its silence after weeks of protests, triggered by a proposed extradition bill, plunged key districts of the Asian financial center into chaos.

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