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China's top newspaper dismisses fears that Hong Kong autonomy being eroded

Published on Jul 4, 2014 12:16 PM
 
Protesters marching during a pro-democracy rally seeking greater democracy in Hong Kong. China's top newspaper on Friday dismissed fears that the autonomy of the former British colony of Hong Kong was being eroded, saying Beijing's policy had not and would not change, following mass pro-democracy protests earlier in the week. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's top newspaper on Friday dismissed fears that the autonomy of the former British colony of Hong Kong was being eroded, saying Beijing's policy had not and would not change, following mass pro-democracy protests earlier in the week.

In a front-page commentary, the People's Daily, the official newspaper of the ruling Communist Party, said the white paper published by Beijing last month was proof that China was committed to Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy.

"Some people think that the white paper deviated from the basic policy the centre (of the party) first proposed, and others worry about whether the centre will squeeze Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy," it wrote.

"This is all totally baseless," it said.

 
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