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Top China official promises to 'listen' to Hong Kong

Zhang Dejiang's trip comes as concerns grow about city's cherished freedoms

Mr Zhang (right) speaking to the media next to Mr Leung (left) after arriving at Hong Kong's International Airport on Tuesday. His visit is widely seen as a bid to take the temperature in an increasingly divided city with a fledgling independence movement.

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ONE of China's most powerful officials said he would listen to political demands from Hongkongers in a conciliatory start to a visit on Tuesday that has stirred anger in a city resentful of Beijing's tightening grip.

The three-day trip by Zhang Dejiang, who chairs China's

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