October 16, 2019 / 8:52 AM / a month ago

Hong Kong leader says city's status as financial hub not shaken

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam holds a news conference after her policy address for 2019, in Hong Kong, China, October 16, 2019. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Wednesday the city’s status as a financial hub has not been shaken despite more than four months of sometimes violent anti-government protests.

Beijing-backed Lam was speaking after announcing measures to tackle the city’s chronic housing shortage in her annual policy address, which she was forced to deliver by video after pro-democracy lawmakers heckled her in the legislature.

Reporting By Clare Jim and Farah Master, Writing by Anne Marie Roantree, Editing by Andrew Heavens

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