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Xi’s Call for Bigger Hong Kong Homes Signals Greater State Role

Residential buildings in Hong Kong.

Residential buildings in Hong Kong.

Photographer: Louise Delmotte/Bloomberg
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Hong Kong’s pricey housing has long been a gripe for many of the city’s residents. President Xi Jinping has now made addressing that issue a priority for John Lee’s new government. 

“What the people of Hong Kong desire the most are a better life, a bigger apartment, more business startup opportunities, better education, and better elderly care,” Xi said in his speech marking the 25th anniversary of Chinese rule. “What the people call for, we must strive to deliver.”