Hong Kong leader says expects city to record negative growth in 2019


FILE PHOTO: 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

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday she expects the Asian financial hub to record negative economic growth for the full 2019 year, as the city grapples with five months of often violent anti-government protests.

Lam was speaking two days after Financial Secretary Paul Chan said Hong Kong has fallen into recession and was unlikely to achieve any growth this year.

Reporting By Clare Jim, Donny Kwok, Farah Master; Writing by Anne Marie Roantree; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman

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