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Here Are Hong Kong’s Crackdown Leaders Rewarded in New Cabinet

  • Cabinet shows gender diversity -- and clear pro-Beijing agenda
  • Government gets sworn in on anniversary of Chinese handover
John Lee, bottom center, and the Principal Officials pose for a photograph in Hong Kong on June 19.
John Lee, bottom center, and the Principal Officials pose for a photograph in Hong Kong on June 19.Photographer: Bertha Wang/Bloomberg

Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee will install a cabinet that retains national security hardliners and elevates officials with strong China ties on Friday, as President Xi Jinping touts his greater control over the financial hub.

The 21-member group approved by China’s State Council keeps just six members of outgoing leader Carrie Lam’s team, with almost all those remaining having overseen the city’s crackdown on dissent. The new line-up includes three people who -- like Lee -- have been sanctioned by the US for suppressing democratic freedoms, hands the health portfolio to a one-time defender of China’s Covid Zero strategy, and sees a controversial pro-Beijing figure lead education policy.