December 3, 2019 / 2:23 PM / a month ago

Hong Kong's Lam to visit China and meet Xi on Dec. 16: Cable TV

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a joint news conference with Thai Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak at government house in Bangkok, Thailand November 29, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam will visit Beijing on Dec. 16 and meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Hong Kong broadcaster Cable TV said on Tuesday, citing sources.

The visit would come as relations between China and the United States have been strained by Washington’s support of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

The United States last week signed into law legislation supporting the protesters. Beijing responded by barring U.S. military vessels and aircraft from visiting Hong Kong and imposed sanctions on several U.S. non-government organisations.

Reporting by Noah Sin and Meg Shen; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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