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Xi Makes Clear Who’s in Charge in Hong Kong

Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, swears in Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, swears in Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee.

Photographer: Justin Chin/Bloomberg

On the 25th anniversary of Chinese rule over Hong Kong, President Xi Jinping left no doubt that the Communist Party is running the show.

During a stormy day in the financial hub, Xi celebrated Beijing’s moves to quash dissent since protests broke out in 2019 from residents seeking competitive elections. He hailed efforts to remove “traitors” from the political system while calling on authorities to improve people’s lives, including tackling a perennial shortage of decent and affordable housing.