torsdag 9. januar 2020

Beijing’s New Man in Hong Kong

The State Council, the government of the People’s Republic of China, has appointed a new director to head the Liaison Office of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR). Luo Huining replaces Wang Zhimin, who was the director of the Liaison Office from September 2017. Wang was reportedly dismissed from his post. The leadership change comes after more than six months of widespread anti-Beijing protests and clashes in Hong Kong, as well as landslide victories for pro-democracy representatives in district council elections in November 2019. Reports emerged late last fall that the central government was considering replacing Wang as director; however, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Hong Kong had called the report “false.”