Hong Kong’s next leader will be decided by the 1,461 current members of the Election Committee on May 8. Electors were vetted last year by a committee led by the sole candidate – ex-chief secretary John Lee.

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What John Lee as chief executive might mean for Hong Kong

“John Lee’s loyalty has been battle-tested. Choosing him signals that the Chinese Communist Party is not confident about security in Hong Kong. It also lets us know that the central government continues to distrust the Hong Kong government and people,” writes John Burns.

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