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Chris Lonsdale
Opinion

Opinion

Chris Lonsdale

Hong Kong is no longer a colony, but officials still await instructions from on high – and that’s a problem

  • The local government still behaves like it’s overseeing a colony but has less leverage with Beijing than leaders of mainland cities
  • Receiving little or no instruction from the central government has also led to many mistakes and a confused response to the protests

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Tammy Tam
Tammy Tam
Opinion

SCMP Columnist

City Beat by Tammy Tam

Carrie Lam has to hold on while Beijing ponders need for political qualities in Hong Kong’s next leader

  • Communist Party plenum this week may provide some clues before chief executive reports to President Xi Jinping in December
  • City’s next leader must have both personal charisma and unconventional political wisdom

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