Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, is the first state leader to visit Hong Kong in four years. Photo: Xinhua
Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, is the first state leader to visit Hong Kong in four years. Photo: Xinhua

Iron fist or velvet glove? Zhang Dejiang strides on stage in an increasingly divided Hong Kong

He’s here to endorse a key economic initiative, but everyone will be looking to see if the NPC chief tackles the city’s thorny political issues

Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, is the first state leader to visit Hong Kong in four years. Photo: Xinhua
Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, is the first state leader to visit Hong Kong in four years. Photo: Xinhua
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