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To bring an end to the protests sparked by the proposed amendments to the special administrative region’s extradit
ion law, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced on Tuesday her ad上海千花网
ministration’s decision not to restart the suspended legislative process for the amendments, saying the “bill is dead”.
上海千花网女神会所The demonstrations, some of them violent, have threatened the health of the city’s economy and thus the well-being of its resi
dents, and Lam also unveiled a raft of practical initiatives aimed at strengthening communication between th
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It might be demanding too much of those leading the protests to have the kind of vision and political courage exhibited by the chief exec
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ould have the wisdom to realize that persistent political conflict and unrest do not bode well for the city and residents, es
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Hong Kong’s economy has slowed significantly over recent months, with the yea
上海千花网r-on-year GDP growth having eased to 0.6 percent in the first quarter of this year — the
slowest expansion in a decade — as both foreign trade and domestic consumption have been hard hit by the tra
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calation of the social conflict witnessed recently will only further harm Hong Kong’s economy and people’s livelihoods.
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more protests in the coming days until the bill is officially withdrawn from the legi
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hortage, lack of social upward mobility and the widening wealth gap, which have fueled the social discontent.