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Hong Kong 2017 Chief Executive Election

Deep look at why this election matters, the key issues that will shape Hong Kong’s future direction, and how the candidates are perceived to measure up in addressing them.

On 26th March, a 1,200-member Election Committee will select a new Chief Executive (CE), who will govern Hong Kong for the next five years. There are three contenders to replace current Chief Executive CY Leung, who is unpopular in Hong Kong but liked by Beijing: former Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, former Financial Secretary John Tsang and retired judge Woo Kwok-hing.

This is arguably the most significant election in Hong Kong’s recent history, one that will test its future direction and the “One Country, Two Systems” principle just as Hong Kong prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of its reunion with China.

To gauge the territory’s mood, we conducted a poll among 300 members of the Hong Kong business community to understand the perceived strengths of the candidates, including who is best placed to address the various political, social and economic issues critical for Hong Kong.

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