Delay to Hong Kong leader’s annual speech shows policy direction ‘has shifted to Beijing’

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Even top government officials were in the dark until the last hour before Hong Kong’s leader announced on Monday that she would delay her policy address until next month, it has emerged.The key annual speech by Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, slated for Wednesday, had been anticipated as a test of how she would offer solutions for a city rocked by the most tumultuous months in its history.How would the government rebuild trust after months of anti-government riots, reassure…

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