The shuffling of officials at China's top policy body on the financial hub's affairs comes after months of political unrest - the starkest challenge to Beijing since the former British colony was returned to Chinese rule in 1997.
China has replaced the head of its office overseeing matters in Hong Kong, making him the most senior Beijing-appointed official to lose his job in the wake of sometimes-violent anti-government protests in the Chinese-controlled territory.
Zhang's demotion, together with the appointment of 67-year-old Xia, underscores a potentially more assertive approach by Xi in how he manages Hong Kong's affairs, analysts said.
"Xi now has his proteges in place over Hong Kong for the first time", said Jean-Pierre Cabestan, a professor of political science at Hong Kong Baptist University.
The State Council added that Luo Huining, head of Beijing's liaison office in Hong Kong, and Fu Ziying, who heads the Macau liaison office, will also be given the roles of deputy director while still keeping their existing positions.
United said it was extending cancellations of flights to Hong Kong, which had been set to resume on February 21, and for flights to mainland China, that had been set to resume on March 28. The Communist Party issued a communique late past year signaling greater intervention in everything from education in Hong Kong to how the city picks its leader.
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Xia's push in 2014 and 2015 to tear down crosses on the roofs of churches in eastern Zhejiang was widely criticized by the global community.
Hong Kong's government, having weathered months of mass protests, now faces deepening public distrust over its handling of the spread of a coronavirus outbreak centred on the mainland that's led to runs on surgical masks and toilet paper and shuttered local schools through March. Chief Executive Carrie Lam has been under pressure from some groups, including health care workers, to fully seal off the border with mainland China.
"As we continue to evaluate our operation between our USA hubs and Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai and Hong Kong, we have chose to extend the suspension of those flights until April 24".
HONG KONG Hotpot has become the latest casualty of the Covid-19 virus outbreak after 10 members of a family in Hong Kong became infected after sharing the dish, a beloved communal favourite during winter.
On Thursday, China also announced the replacement of Jiang Chaoliang, the party's Hubei secretary, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.