Beijing Is Worried About Hong Kong Poll

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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