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.
Thousands of people have turned out against a plan to build up to 400,000 homes on reclaimed land off the island of Lantau. Critics warn the project is too costly and will destroy the environment.
More than a dozen lawmakers have walked out while Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam laid out her vision for the city. The lawmakers warned of a press crackdown after a British journalist was given a week to leave the country.
Financial Times Asia News editor Victor Mallet has been denied a new work visa by the Chinese territory. The move came shortly after he hosted a talk by a pro-independence politician.
The party founded by independence activist Andy Chan is the first political party to be outlawed in the city's history. Police had sought a ban on the outfit in July, citing "national security" concerns.
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