China foreign ministry says report on plans to replace HK leader Lam a political rumour

by Reuters
Wednesday, 23 October 2019 07:32 GMT

BEIJING, Oct 23 (Reuters) - China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday the Financial Times report on plans for replacing Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam was a political rumour with ulterior motives.

Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the comments at a daily news briefing in Beijing.

The FT reported that China was drawing up a plan to replace Hong Kong leader Lam with an "interim" chief executive, citing people briefed on the deliberations. (Reporting by Ben Blanchard and Lusha Zhang; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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