Monday, July 10, 2017
The outlook for Hong Kong politics.
Carrie Lam was sworn in as Hong Kong's chief executive, the city's highest executive officer, on July 1, also the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to Chinese sovereignty, an anniversary marked by a visit by President Xi Jinping -- and fervent public protests. Lam replaces the deeply unpopular Leung Chung-ying. Due to the failure of an electoral reform attempt in 2014, she was elected not by universal suffrage but, like her predecessors, by a 1,200-member election committee drawn largely from Hong Kong's pro-business, pro-China 'establishment'.