October 23, 2019 / 7:40 AM / a month ago

China foreign ministry says report on plans to replace HK leader Lam a political rumour

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam takes questions from lawmakers regarding her policy address, at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, China October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Umit Bektas/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday the Financial Times report on plans for replacing Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam was a political rumour with ulterior motives.

Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the comments at a daily news briefing in Beijing.

The FT reported that China was drawing up a plan to replace Hong Kong leader Lam with an “interim” chief executive, citing people briefed on the deliberations.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard and Lusha Zhang; Editing by Toby Chopra

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