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The Race to Be Hong Kong's Leader Kicks Off

  • Meet the contenders vying to lead the Asian financial hub
  • Beijing-controlled election helped spawn 2014 Occupy protests

The race to lead Hong Kong has begun, with the favorites exchanging snipes and setting out agendas. Problem is, all but one are still awaiting the nod from Beijing to formally run in the Asian financial hub.

Hong Kong’s chief executive will be chosen by a 1,200-member election committee in March, a process that inspired the Occupy protests in 2014. Known locally as a “small-circle election,” it involves less than 0.2 percent of the city’s 7.3 million people.