Will Hong Kong’s new leader further erode freedoms there? | Policy

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From: internal history

John Lee is the former security chief who led the crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

The result was a foregone conclusion because there was only one candidate to choose from.

After a secret vote, Hong Kong has a new leader.

John Lee is set to replace Carrie Lam as chief executive on July 1.

China’s loyalist was elected by a committee of about 1,500 members, all scrutinized to ensure their patriotism to Chinese President Xi Jinping and Beijing.

He is pledging to uphold the rule of law.

Does this mean that China’s grip on Britain’s former colony and financial center grows stronger?

Presenter: Nastasya Tay

Guests: Tom Grundy, editor-in-chief and founder of Hong Kong Free Press

Victor Gao, professor at Soochow University

Steve Tsang, Director of the China Institute, SOAS University of London

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