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Hong Kong leader warns on independence push in final speech

  • A video screen shows Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying giving his final policy speech at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Hong Kong's outgoing leader has issued a warning in his farewell policy speech to those advocating independence for the Chinese-controlled territory. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

    A video screen shows Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying giving his final policy speech at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Hong Kong's outgoing leader has issued a warning in his farewell policy speech to those advocating independence for the Chinese-controlled territory. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)  (The Associated Press)

  • Security guardsvstand in front of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, left, during a break in his final policy speech at Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Hong Kong's outgoing leader has issued a warning in his farewell policy speech to those advocating independence for the Chinese-controlled territory. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

    Security guardsvstand in front of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, left, during a break in his final policy speech at Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Hong Kong's outgoing leader has issued a warning in his farewell policy speech to those advocating independence for the Chinese-controlled territory. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)  (The Associated Press)

  • A lawmaker raises pictures of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and former Chief Secretary Carrie Lam during Leung's final policy speech at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Hong Kong's outgoing leader has issued a warning in his farewell policy speech to those advocating independence for the Chinese-controlled territory. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

    A lawmaker raises pictures of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and former Chief Secretary Carrie Lam during Leung's final policy speech at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Hong Kong's outgoing leader has issued a warning in his farewell policy speech to those advocating independence for the Chinese-controlled territory. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)  (The Associated Press)

Hong Kong's outgoing leader has issued a warning in his farewell policy speech to those advocating independence for the Chinese-controlled territory.

In his annual address to the legislature, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said Wednesday that Hong Kong is an "inalienable" part of China.

He said, "There is absolutely no room for independence or any form of separation."

The latter part of Leung's five-year term has been marked by growing separatist sentiment following massive 2014 pro-democracy protests that failed to sway the government's position on restricting electoral reform.

Last year, Leung's government took a tough stance against two newly elected lawmakers, taking legal action to disqualify them after they used their swearing-in ceremonies to mount apparent protests against China and express pro-independence views.