President Xi Jinping did not touch on any pro-independence sentiment in Hong Kong, but said Beijing would not allow anyone to “separate any part of the Chinese territory from China”. Photo: EPA

Xi’s speech shows Beijing’s resolve to confront any threat to national unity, academics say

Scholars agree that the president sent a firm message about the city’s pro-independence movement even though he did not directly mention it in his report

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President Xi Jinping did not touch on any pro-independence sentiment in Hong Kong, but said Beijing would not allow anyone to “separate any part of the Chinese territory from China”. Photo: EPA
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