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.
Pro-democracy candidates in Hong Kong have won back only two of the four seats up for grabs in a crucial by-election. The result means the democrats will lose veto power over some bills in the city's legislature.
A bipartisan group of US senators and representatives said the Umbrella Movement embodied "the peaceful aspirations" of the people of Hong Kong. China asked the US lawmakers to "stop meddling" in its affairs.
Hong Kong's highest court has reversed a ruling to jail a trio of pro-democracy activists. The activists, known for their role in 2014 protests, had warned of a "critical juncture" in Hong Kong's fight for democracy.
Three months after his release from a two-year detention, publisher Gui Minhai has been detained again on a train to Beijing, his daughter says. His firm specializes in printing gossipy tales about China's leaders.
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