Tung Chee-hwa faced a rude awakening after he took over as chief executive following the exit of Chris Patten, Hong Kong’s last governor. They are seen here after a meeting at Government House on December 23, 1996. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Beijing’s quandary: how to best ‘manage’ Hong Kong’s chief executive election

Regina Ip says the central government is caught between ensuring an acceptable and smooth transition, and giving due worth to public opinion to avert mass protests

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Tung Chee-hwa faced a rude awakening after he took over as chief executive following the exit of Chris Patten, Hong Kong’s last governor. They are seen here after a meeting at Government House on December 23, 1996. Photo: SCMP Pictures
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