HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam acknowledged on Friday there were concerns over certain “individual incidents” in the city and it was her duty to accurately reflect them to the central government in Beijing.
Lam was speaking in her first interview with the international media since she was sworn in as the city’s new leader by Chinese President Xi Jinping on July 1.
“I would say there are worries, there are anxieties, there is a strong perception over individual isolated incidents, but unless you’ve got evidence to prove there are clear breaches then it will remain at the level of anxieties and perception,” Lam said, without elaborating.
Xi took what some saw as an explicitly harder line that Beijing would take toward Hong Kong in the coming years during his visit marking the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return from British to Chinese rule.
Xi warned in a speech that any attempt to endanger Chinese sovereignty and security, challenge its…