In first public mention of Hong Kong crisis, Chinese leader Xi uses harsh rhetoric to criticize protesters

NICOLE HAO The Epoch TimesChinese leader Xi Jinping said Hong Kong protesters are “radically engaging in violent crime,” in his first public comments about the crisis in the city since mass demonstrations erupted in June.He added, during a Nov. 14 speech in Brazil, that stopping the protests is Hong Kong’s “most urgent task.”Xi was in Brasília, Brazil, for the 11th BRICS summit, an economic forum involving leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, held on Nov. 13–14.According to Chinese state-run media Xinhua, Xi gave a speech focused on the Hong Kong protests during the second day.Speech He said the protests “have seriously trampled on the rule of law and social order, seriously undermined Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability,
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