Jun 4, 2012

‘On a collision course’: Hong Kong unrest over Chinese rule

With Leung Chun-yin to be sworn in as the new chief executive of Hong Kong on July 1, the Chinese semiautonomous region is on a collision course. Antonio Castillo writes from Hong Kong.

When Leung Chun-ying was elected as the new chief executive of Hong Kong on March 25, it went down as the day Beijing put another nail into the democratic aspirations of this semi-autonomous region of 7.1 million people.

In a society defined by a pro-democracy and pro-Beijing divide, Leung was chosen by a minuscule election committee widely regarded as loyal to the Chinese Community Party. “It was an animal farm election,” Michael Chugani, an influential Hong Kong political commentator, told me.

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2 thoughts on “‘On a collision course’: Hong Kong unrest over Chinese rule

  1. zut alors

    When the handover occurred in 1997 I recall watching the televised ceremony and wondering how long it would take to come to this. The surprise is that it didn’t happen sooner.

  2. AR

    Beijing was smart enough not to wring the Golden Goose’s too quickly and the emulation by the mainland of the means of success is now almost complete. It would seem that HK is approaching its use-by date and by 2017 will probably be near irrelevant. Perhaps it’ll be retained in aspic as a museum of colonialism conquered by communism.

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