Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam has told investors at a Belt and Road forum that the semi-autonomous Chinese territory can rebound from months of protests, despite no sign that the unrest will cool down.
Ms Lam voiced confidence at Wednesday’s meeting that rifts can be mended through government plans for dialogue and upholding the so-called “one country, two systems” policy that gives Hong Kong some freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland.
She said Hong Kong’s “indomitable resilience” will see the city through the conflict.
Ms Lam’s promise last week to axe an extradition bill that sparked demonstrations failed to mollify protesters, who are pushing for other demands including democratic reforms and police accountability.
The unrest has threatened Hong Kong’s reputation as a global financial hub.