The first visit by a senior Chinese official since the 2014 Occupy democracy protests set off demonstrations in Hong Kong. Zhang Dejiang's three-day tour comes amid fears China will tighten its grip on the city.
Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong and two other student leaders have been sentenced for their role in the 2014 "Umbrella Movement" protests. The Beijing-backed government has been seeking tougher sentences for protesters.
Britain handed Hong Kong back to China 20 years ago. Beijing should now understand that the "one country, two systems" principle has given rise to an independent generation of Hong Kong residents, says DW's Frank Sieren.
Beijing has used its aircraft carrier's maiden voyage to tighten its grip over Hong Kong. Concerns about democracy have been raised on the 20th anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China.
President Xi Jinping has landed in Hong Kong to mark 20 years since the territory was handed back to China by Great Britain. Dozens of pro-democracy activists have already been arrested ahead of his visit.
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