Tung Chee-hwa returned for a second term as the chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) with the massive support of 714 electors from the 800-member Electoral College. However, this reflects neither his popularity in society, as the overwhelming majority of the 6.7 million people living in the territory are excluded from the voting process, nor his cordiality with local political elites, given that segments of business and pro-Beijing camps had vehemently complained against his policies not long ago. The triumphal pomp is, rather, a melody orchestrated from Beijing.
PacNet #11A – Implications of the Second Term of Tung Chee-hwa
March 15, 2002