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  • Redesignation of Zhang Xiaoming seen as Beijing holding him accountable for crisis triggered by the now-withdrawn extradition bill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
Xia Baolong has been appointed director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office. Photo: Weibo
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