HONG KONG (AP) — An activist who promotes independence for Hong Kong has given a speech to foreign journalists whose association defied the Chinese government's demand to cancel the event.
The Chinese government had demanded the Foreign Correspondents Club in Hong Kong cancel Tuesday's talk by Andy Chan of the Hong Kong National Party.
The request raised questions about Beijing's growing influence in the former British colony, which was promised semi-autonomy and freedom of speech as part of the 1997 handover. President Xi Jinping and other officials have warned separatist activity would not be tolerated.
Small groups of protesters gathered outside the FCC's building in Hong Kong ahead of and during Chan's speech.
Current and former Hong Kong leaders have criticized the FCC for hosting Chan.