efe-epaDavos, Switzerland

Hong Kong’s basic freedoms and autonomy will not be eroded by the central Chinese government, chief executive Carrie Lam told the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday.

Speaking to US journalist and CNN anchor Fareed Zakaria in her first engagement with foreign media since the unrest began in June, Lam refused to bow to protesters’ demands and urged the international community not to 'simplify' the situation.