Leung Chun-ying shakes hands with Zhang Xiaoming, director of the central government’s liaison office in Hong Kong, at a reception on Thursday, while former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa looks on. Leung’s last address was curiously bloodless. It was as though he felt that he had been let down by those whom he had most tried to please. Photo: Sam Tsang
Philip Bowring
Opinion

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Philip Bowring

Hong Kong plods along, with or without Leung at the helm

Philip Bowring says the chief executive’s swansong policy address reinforces the sense that Hong Kong has fallen behind rival cities in the past five years, though his failing as a leader is but one reason for the city’s painfully slow progress

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Leung Chun-ying shakes hands with Zhang Xiaoming, director of the central government’s liaison office in Hong Kong, at a reception on Thursday, while former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa looks on. Leung’s last address was curiously bloodless. It was as though he felt that he had been let down by those whom he had most tried to please. Photo: Sam Tsang
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