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Top Chinese Official Slams Hong Kong Independence Calls

A top Chinese official visiting Hong Kong warned Wednesday against heeding calls for independence for the semiautonomous Chinese region. Zhang Dejiang, who is the Communist Party's No. 3 official and responsible for Hong Kong affairs, made his remarks at a dinner banquet attended by senior city government officials and business leaders. Zhang is making a three-day "inspection visit" to the former British colony, where discontent is rising over Beijing's tightening...

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