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President Xi Jinping hailed China’s rule over Hong Kong on Friday as he led celebrations marking 25 years since the city’s handover from Britain, insisting that democracy was flourishing despite a yearslong political crackdown that has silenced dissent.

Xi’s speech was the finale of a two-day victory lap aimed at celebrating the Chinese Communist Party’s control over the once outspoken business hub after authorities stamped out huge democracy protests.

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