Beijing may avoid drastic measures in Hong Kong as China's national day draws near: Political watchers

HONG KONG - Even with eight weeks to go before the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, some political watchers believe the government will not employ more drastic measures to quell the unrest that has plagued the city for nine consecutive weekends.

Pressure has increased on embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to ease the biggest political crisis the city has seen since it was handed back to China by the British in 1997.

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