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Hong Kong’s Next Leader Says City Faces Challenges Opening China Border

  • Lee’s comments come a day after meeting President Xi Jinping
  • The former career cop will be sworn into office on July 1
John Lee, left, with Li Keqiang in Beijing on May 30.
John Lee, left, with Li Keqiang in Beijing on May 30.Photographer: Yao Dawei/Xinhua/AP Photos
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Hong Kong’s next leader John Lee said the city still faces hurdles in reopening the border with mainland China, after returning from his first meeting with President Xi Jinping since being selected to run the financial hub.

Lee said he told Premier Li Keqiang there are “a lot of challenges and difficulties” to overcome before travel with the mainland can resume. “I will start seeking communication with the mainland side, to explain the Hong Kong situation to them,” Lee said Tuesday at a press conference at Hong Kong International Airport, held shortly after he touched down from Beijing.