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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

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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