Exclusive: Xi Jinping Behind Unexpected Political Changes in Hong Kong, Insider Says

Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying declining a second term and Liaison Office chief Zhang Xiaoming recently going missing in action is the work of the Xi administration, according to a high-level source.

Epoch Times
By: Li Lingpu, Epoch Times and Larry Ong, Epoch Times

HONG KONG—Xi Jinping, the leader of the Chinese regime, is directly involved in swaying

(L-R) China Liaison Office director Zhang Xiaoming and Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. (Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images; Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R) China Liaison Office director Zhang Xiaoming and Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. (Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images; Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images)

the political fates of the top Hong Kong leader and the top Chinese official in the semiautonomous city, according to an insider familiar with the matter.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying had abruptly announced on Dec. 9 that he wouldn’t be seeking a second term. Meanwhile, China Liaison Office director Zhang Xiaoming has failed to attend a series of scheduled official and business events in Hong Kong since Dec. 10.

The insider, who is close to discussions in Zhongnanhai—the headquarters and residences of the Chinese leadership—said that Xi moved against Leung and Zhang because they had embarrassed Beijing with their efforts to push Hong Kong to the brink.

Epoch Times earlier learned that Xi Jinping is presently purging Hong Kong of corrupt officials and the remaining associates of Jiang Zemin, the former Chinese Communist Party chief and Xi’s main political rival.   [FULL  STORY]

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