Hong Kong is Xi Jinping’s greatest challenge yet in a crucial year for one of world’s most powerful leaders

Xi Jinping has spent years painting himself as a ‘super-nationalist’ strongman pledging to bring back into the fold places like Hong Kong and Taiwan.

But unrest unfurling in the former British colony over the last month has presented the biggest challenge to his authority yet.

And it’s all coming during a rocky moment for Mr Xi, whose performance now will be carefully watched within the Communist Party, experts say.

Mr Xi should be reveling in a celebratory year, the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. Instead he has been battling setbacks given a protracted trade war with the US and backlash over his flagship Belt and Road Initiative, a $1 trillion overseas infrastructure plan…

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