‘Patriots’ must rule Hong Kong to ensure security and prosperity, says Xi Jinping as democrat laments ‘totalitarianism’

China’s leader Xi Jinping has told Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam that the region must be ruled by “patriots” for the sake of its security and prosperity, according to state-run outlet Xinhua. His comments were made during Lam’s annual duty report on Wednesday, which took place via video conference due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “To ensure the stability and sustainability of one country, two systems, we must always adhere to ‘patriots ruling Hong Kong.’ This is a fundamental principle that concerns national sovereignty, security… and the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong,” X…

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