Li Ka-shing, one of the city’s most prominent tycoons, with current chief executive Carrie Lam during the 2017 vote. Photo: Reuters

Hong Kong election success for pro-democracy camp gives Beijing a headache when dealing with ‘kingmaker’ tycoons

  • Elections have changed the electoral maths on the committee that selects the city’s chief executive, giving increased importance to votes of the business elite
  • Central government has accused property developers of fuelling unrest by ‘hoarding land’ but now must decide how to ensure they back their preferred candidate
Topic |   Hong Kong district council elections

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Li Ka-shing, one of the city’s most prominent tycoons, with current chief executive Carrie Lam during the 2017 vote. Photo: Reuters
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Hong Kong’s pro-establishment bloc promoted the need for stability after months of protests in the city, but the strategy appeared to have little impact. Photo: AP

Time for Beijing to rethink Hong Kong script after pan-democrat landslide, Chinese analysts say

  • The results of the district council elections will boost the power of the non-establishment camp and possibly influence the race for the city’s leader, observers say
  • A central government official agreed that Beijing was surprised by the landslide win for the pan-democrats
Topic |   Hong Kong district council elections

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Hong Kong’s pro-establishment bloc promoted the need for stability after months of protests in the city, but the strategy appeared to have little impact. Photo: AP
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