Is Hong Kong Headed For A Showdown Over Democracy?

Martin Lee is in no mood to forgive. The chairman of Hong Kong's Democratic Party scored a huge victory in the May 24 elections. His party and its allies won 60% of the popular vote for the Legislative Council. But because popularly elected seats comprise only a third of the Council, Lee will remain in opposition. And he has no intention of helping Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa and his pro-China government as they face a mounting sea of economic problems. "They run the place, we don't," snaps Lee.

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