September 6, 2019 / 7:20 AM / 10 days ago

Hong Kong leader says measures announced this week are a "first step"

HONG KONG, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Friday measures put forward by the government this week to solve the city’s political turmoil are a first step, but will not solve the crisis immediately.

Lam withdrew a controversial extradition bill this week as part of four measures aimed at appeasing activists, but many people said it was too little, too late.

The Beijing-backed leader, speaking during a trip to Guangxi region in mainland China, also said she disagreed with credit rating agency Fitch Ratings’ downgrade of Hong Kong. (Reporting By Noah Sin, Felix Tam and Donny Kwok; Writing by Anne Marie Roantree; Editing by Darren Schuettler)

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