(From Reuters)

A Hong Kong visit by a top leader of China’s Communist Party, which included talks with pro-democracy lawmakers, was an “important breakthrough” in relations between Beijing and the city, an influential Chinese newspaper said on Thursday.

Top legislator Zhang Dejiang waves before leaving Hong Kong after a three-day inspection trip to the SAR

The visit by Zhang Dejiang, the third most senior member of the Communist Party, follows a period of tension in Hong Kong after tens of thousands took to the streets in 2014 to press for full democracy.

The Global Times, a tabloid published by the ruling party’s People’s Daily newspaper, said there was no chance of independence for Hong Kong but it called Zhang’s meeting with the pro-democracy members of the city’s legislative assembly an “important breakthrough”.

Hong Kong should give the legislators room to act politically, and they should be allowed to call for the ouster of the pro-Beijing chief executive of the city. Read More

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