Hong Kong leader: Controversial extradition bill is 'dead'

Carrie Lam.
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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday declared that the extradition bill that sparked several protests is "dead."

Lam did not say she was officially withdrawing the bill, and now there are questions as to whether it will be reintroduced sometime in the future, CNBC reports. Under the bill, people arrested in Hong Kong would face the possibility of being extradited to mainland China. Since British rule ended and Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997, there has been a "one country, two systems" policy, with Hong Kong having its own justice system and China's courts ruled by the Communist Party.

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