Xia Baolong has been appointed director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office. Photo: Weibo

Why did Beijing appoint trusted Xi Jinping ally to office overseeing Hong Kong affairs? Insiders put positive spin but admit it’s for tighter oversight after protests

  • Some Beijing loyalists see it as a chance to reset relations between the local and central governments, after turmoil caused by months-long social unrest
  • Redesignation of Zhang Xiaoming seen as Beijing holding him accountable for crisis triggered by the now-withdrawn extradition bill
Topic |   Hong Kong politics

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Xia Baolong has been appointed director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office. Photo: Weibo
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Gary Cheung

Gary Cheung

Gary Cheung joined the Post in 2000, covering fields ranging from politics and the integration between Hong Kong and China. He became assistant editor-in-chief of Ming Pao in 2017 and returned to the Post the following year. He is author of Hong Kong’s Watershed: The 1967 riots (Hong Kong University Press, 2009).

Kimmy Chung

Kimmy Chung

Kimmy Chung joined the Post in 2017 and reports for the Hong Kong desk on local politics and Hong Kong-mainland issues. Prior to joining the Post, she covered Hong Kong politics and social policies for more than six years for different media outlets.

Alvin Lum

Alvin Lum

Alvin Lum is an award-winning political journalist specialising in Hong Kong politics and the city's justice system. Previously, he worked for the Hong Kong Economic Journal and Citizen News.