Tong Cheung

The man appointed by the government to head up an independent probe into the row resigned after it emerged he was on the board of one of the project's main contractors.

Song Zhe, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' commissioner in Hong Kong (inset), spoke out after the United States consul general Clifford Hart said he was looking forward to Hongkongers' move towards "genuine democratic suffrage". Hart made the remark just a day after he took up the post on July 30.

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