Hong Kong - Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday denied reports that she would resign if she could as the city faced its worst political crisis since its return to Chinese rule in 1997.
"Until now, I have never tendered a resignation to the central people's government," Lam said, referring to China's top leadership in Beijing.
"I have not even contemplated to discuss a resignation with the central people's government."
Lam's comments come the day after a leaked audio recording of remarks she made to business leaders in a closed-door meeting were published by the Reuters news agency.
In the audio, Lam can be heard saying that for a "chief executive to have caused this huge havoc to Hong Kong is unforgivable. If I have a choice the first thing [to do] is to quit."