Hong Kong is due to choose its next leader at the end of the month. The decision will be made by a committee made up mainly of pro-establishment figures. Two years after mass pro-democracy protests, many say little has changed.
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.
Carrie Lam received her official certificate from Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing. Lam will become the first female leader of the semi-autonomous city in its 20 years under Chinese rule.
Hong Kong has sworn in its first female leader in a ceremony celebrating two decades of rule from China. President Xi Jinping said the territory was as free as ever, but warned against challenges to Beijing's authority.
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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