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Top China official visit stirs anger in Hong Kong

A three-day visit to Hong Kong by Zhang Dejiang, who chairs China's communist-controlled legislature, is the first by such a senior official in four yearsOne of China’s most powerful officials lands in Hong Kong Tuesday in an attempt to build bridges in the divided city, but the trip has already stirred anger among opponents. The three-day visit by Zhang Dejiang, who chairs China’s communist-controlled legislature, is the first by such a senior official in four years and comes as concerns grow in semi-autonomous Hong Kong that Beijing is tightening its grip. While Zhang is ostensibly visiting to speak at an economic conference on Wednesday, the trip is widely seen as a bid to take the temperature in an increasingly febrile political climate which has fostered a fledgling independence movement, riling China.

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