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Hong Kong part of China 'no matter what happens' in elections: Foreign minister

Hong Kong part of China 'no matter what happens' in elections: Foreign minister

FILE PHOTO: Protesters hold up their hands during an anti-government protest at Yoho Mall in Yuen Long, Hong Kong, China November 21, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

TOKYO: Hong Kong is a part of China "no matter what happens", Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Monday (Nov 25), with the crisis-hit city's pro-democracy looking set for a crushing victory in community-level elections at the weekend.

The results of Sunday's elections in the semi-autonomous city have sent the Beijing-backed government a clear message of public support for the demands of a protest movement that has gripped the territory for months.

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Counting was still under way following record turnout, but partial results indicated that candidates favouring greater democracy were on course to seize a shock majority of the normally establishment-dominated 18 district councils.

"It's not the final result yet. Let's wait for the final result, OK? However, it is clear that no matter what happens, Hong Kong is a part of China and a special administrative region of China," Wang told reporters after he met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo.

"Any attempt to mess up Hong Kong, or even damage its prosperity and stability, will not succeed."

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