Nervous about losing control of Hong Kong's Legislative Council in elections scheduled for Sept. 12, Beijing representatives in Hong Kong are urging less popular pro-government candidates to quit in favor of more popular ones. Legislator David Chu, who is also a representative in China's Parliament, dropped out of the race, apparently under Beijing's pressure, shortly after campaigning kicked off on July 22. A pro-Beijing party left the campaign two days later. Beijing worries that public support for the cause of universal suffrage will help the pro-democracy camp win most of the Council's 30 directly elected seats. A recent survey predicted that democrats could secure 16 seats, while the pro-government camp could win 10, with 4 seats hotly contested.
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