Hong Kong Selects Beijing-Backed Woman As Chief Executive
A committee controlled by Chinese government supporters chose Carrie Lam to be Hong Kong’s new leader on Sunday. Lam is the former number two in Hong Kong and was Beijing’s choice for the top job.
Pro-democracy movements in Hong Kong want Beijing to back down on its requirement for pre-approved candidates, calling for free and transparent elections of its leaders. The Chinese government has used a combination of crackdowns and subtlety in handling ongoing protests.
We talk about the rising tensions in Hong Kong with Wen Huang, author of The Little Red Guard and A Death in the Lucky Holiday Hotel: Murder, Money and an Epic Power Struggle in China.