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Chinese officials announce plan to vet Hong Kong chief executive candidates

Earlier this week China announced that it plans to pre-screen candidates running in the election for Hong Kong's next chief executive. Democracy activists took to the streets in protest over the news. China had promised Hong Kong universal suffrage for its elections in 2017, but now this looks unlikely. Hong Kong was returned to mainland China in 1997 with the promise that residents would enjoy more expansive civil liberties than people in mainland China, an arrangement known as "one country, two systems." Wen Huang, author of The Little Red Guard and Death in the Lucky Holiday Hotel, joins us to discuss what the latest decision means for democracy in Hong Kong. (photo: Pro-democracy lawmaker Cyd Ho, center, is taken away by security guards after a protest against Li Fei, deputy secretary general of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, in Hong Kong Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu))

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