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William Pesek

China Gives Hong Kong Its Worst

If China keeps installing spineless leaders to do its bidding in Hong Kong, the city-state risks losing what made it an economic standout.
Should you be worried about Hong Kong. This man is.                                          
Should you be worried about Hong Kong. This man is.                                          

If China wants Hong Kong residents to stop taking to the streets in protest, it should start picking better leaders.

Of course, that's exactly why an estimated 300,000 demonstrated yesterday and almost 800,000 voted in a recent unofficial referendum: to gain the right to choose the city's chief executive officer. China won't let them and is noncommittal about when, or if, that might happen. Not surprisingly, anger about China's meddling, surging property prices, pollution and income disparities are coalescing around Beijing's handpicked CEO.