China's president meets Hong Kong leader

Hong Kong saw some of the worst violence in the city over the weekend

Lam has led the SAR government to fully discharge its duties, strive to stabilize the situation and improve the social atmosphere, and has done a lot of hard work, he said.

Pro-democracy protesters are campaigning against what they see as Chinese meddling with the freedoms promised when the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

Willy Lam, a Hong Kong-based expert on Chinese politics, said Beijing is showing support for the city's chief executive "for the time being".

China's President Xi Jinping on Monday told embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam he has a high degree of confidence in her and fully recognises the work she and her team have done, state media reported.

Xi expressed support for the territory's leader amid calls from protesters for her to step down.

'Ending violence and chaos and restoring order remain the most important task for Hong Kong at present, ' Xi said.

The "one country, two systems" formula guarantees Hong Kong's freedoms, including an independent judicial system, for 50 years.

Lam sidestepped the question of whether her job might be in jeopardy.

"The man came out from the doorway and yelled a sentence in Mandarin, it seemed like liberate Taiwan or something", she said.

Protesters have circulated plans on social media to mark Guy Fawkes Day on November 5 by putting on now banned face masks in areas around Hong Kong. Some protesters were detained while others ran off.

Guy Fawkes Day, also called Bonfire Night, is celebrated with fireworks and bonfires every November 5 in Britain, when effigies of "guys" are burnt, marking the night in 1605 when Fawkes was arrested for a "gunpowder plot" to blow up parliament. Effigies of "guys" are burnt, marking the night in 1605 when Fawkes was arrested for a "gunpowder plot" to blow up parliament.

Asked about allegations of police mistreating frontline reporters, Cheung said the government could do more to "enhance understanding" between the force and the media. Lam provoked further anger by invoking emergency powers to ban masks at rallies.

The Chinese Communist Central Committee approved plans to improve Hong Kong's legal system and enforcement during a meeting last week, but has revealed extensive details about how that will happen.

The party made a decision to "establish a robust legal system and enforcement mechanism to safeguard national security in the special administrative regions and support them to strengthen law enforcement".

The demonstrations started as a protest over a now scrapped extradition bill proposed by the Beijing government, which drew global condemnation.

The number of people who take part in the mostly weekend rallies has dwindled from the millions who participated in June, but the violence and vandalism have escalated. Authorities have refused permits for many recent protests, making them illegal from the outset and activists liable to be arrested.

While Hong Kong and its many businesses function normally during the week, many protests have sprung up spontaneously during weekends over the past five months.

The wave of protests continued this past weekend, with riot police spraying tear gas into crowds of demonstrators in Taikoo district, a residential area.

A man knifed at least two people on Sunday and bit off a part of a politician's ear before being beaten by protesters.



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