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.
In her debut speech after 100 days in office, Hong Kong's new chief executive called for improvements to housing policy and social issues. She also emphasized Hong Kong's autonomy from mainland China.
Every five years, China's Communist Party convenes at a special congress. Can the one taking place now bring about political change? DW spoke with Chinese author and activist Ma Jian, who lives in Berlin.
Demonstrators have come out in droves to show their support for a trio of jailed pro-democracy activists. The three were originally sentenced to community service but were handed harsher sentences this past week.
Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong and two other student leaders have been sentenced for their role in the Umbrella Movement's 2014 demos. The Beijing-backed government has been seeking tougher sentences for protesters.
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