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Hong Kong: Chinese Government Seeks Plan to Replace Lam, Report Says

1 MIN READOct 23, 2019 | 13:55 GMT

What Happened: The Chinese government is reportedly developing a strategy to replace Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam by March 2020, the Financial Times reported Oct. 22, citing sources. A spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry dismissed the report as a rumor.

Why It Matters: Although the report remains unconfirmed, Lam is widely expected not to finish her current term, which ends in 2022. Beijing has already rejected Lam's earlier offers to resign, but a recent escalation in the Hong Kong protests could have changed Beijing's stance.

Background: Protests in Hong Kong have entered their fifth month and continue to escalate as security forces and protesters embrace increasingly confrontational strategies.

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