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Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong leader says she would 'quit' if she could in leaked audio

Carrie Lam laments her limited options as protests become 'national' issue

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam at a news conference: Her remarks at a closed-door meeting of businesspeople offered insight into her mindset and that of Beijing.   © Reuters

HONG KONG (Reuters) -- Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said she has caused "unforgivable havoc" by igniting the political crisis engulfing the city and would quit if she had a choice, according to an audio recording of remarks she made last week to a group of businesspeople.

At the closed-door meeting, Lam told the group that she now has "very limited" room to resolve the crisis because the unrest has become a national security and sovereignty issue for China amid rising tensions with the United States.

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