China's Xi says 'sincerely' hopes for best for Hong Kong

 Chinas Xi says sincerely hopes for best for Hong Kong

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping said in comments broadcast on Tuesday that he "sincerely" hopes for the best for Hong Kong and its people, adding the situation there has "been everybody's concern over the past few months".

"Without a harmonious and stable environment, how can there be a home where people can live and work happily?" Xi said in a New Year's Eve speech carried on state television. A prosperous and stable Hong Kong is the aspiration not only of Hong Kong's people, but also the expectation of people in mainland China, he added.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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Updated Date: Jan 01, 2020 00:13:09 IST