Zhang “is just like an alien king who locks himself in an old castle to avoid any dialogue or criticism,” legislator Leung Kwok-hung of the League of Social Democrats said.

While Zhang didn’t actually interact with any of Hong Kong’s youth, he had some criticism for them nonetheless. “If [we] forego ‘one country, two systems,’ or forego the Basic Law, Hong Kong will definitely rot,” Zhang stressed during the meeting (link in Chinese) with the 200 citizens. “Self-determination and independence won’t succeed.”

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