Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam out with a few comments 14 July

  • city needs stronger leadership in financial sector
  • concerned about market manipulation
  • Xi's comments on "red lines" re HK were clear, not blunt
  • hopes HK can sign comprehensive agreement with China over Belt & Road projects
  • has not been given a timetable from Beijing on Article 23
  • HK society still very polarized, still very confrontational
  • in her 5 years she will faithfully defend rule of law
  • HK needs to rehearse contingency plans to prepare for another financial crisis

Lam is responding after a recent visit from China's president Xi which proved a little uncomfortable.

I posted here under the title China's Xi fires a warning shot as he swears in new Hong Kong leader.

Lam and Xi, all smiles for the camera at least