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Ex-Hong Kong Security Chief Launches Bid to Become City’s Leader

  • Beijing gives John Lee sole backing in May race, media says
  • Sign China remains focused on security in Asian financial hub
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Former Security Chief Expected to Be H.K.'s Next Leader
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A veteran Hong Kong law enforcement official, John Lee, announced his plan to run for the city’s top job, in a sign Beijing is focused on deepening its crackdown on dissent in the Asian financial hub.

Hong Kong’s No. 2 official told a news briefing Wednesday that he had notified outgoing Chief Executive Carrie Lam in a letter that he would step down and seek her job. “Having been in the government for over 40 years, to serve the people of Hong Kong is a glory,” Lee said, adding that he would elaborate on his agenda once his candidacy had been formally approved by Beijing.