10/23, 9:31 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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China denies planning to dismiss Hong Kong's Lam

China's Foreign Ministry denied reports that it is planning to dismiss Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (pictured).

The ministry's spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Wednesday China firmly supports the Hong Kong leader and called the media reports a "political rumor with ulterior motives."

On Tuesday, the Financial Times claimed Beijing is considering replacing Lam with an interim chief executive amid protests in the special administrative region. Meanwhile, the Hong Kong government formally withdrew the controversial extradition bill which sparked five-month-long protests across the city.

Breaking the News / NP