China replaces head of its Hong Kong and Macau affairs office

Zhang Xiaoming, Director of China's Liaison Office in Hong Kong, attends the funeral of Cheng Yu-tung, founder of Hong Kong property group New World Development, in Hong Kong, China October 13, 2016. (File photo: Reuters)

China is replacing the head of its office that oversees matters in Hong Kong, Beijing announced on Thursday, after months of anti-government protests in the Chinese-controlled territory.

Zhang Xiaoming would be removed as director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, the human resources ministry said, to be replaced by Xia Baolon, a 67-year-old vice chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:01 - GMT 07:01