Western multinationals congratulate Hong Kong’s new leader

A majority of Chinese and Hong Kong businesses as well as community organisations have run adverts in state-backed newspapers congratulating John Lee on becoming Hong Kong's new leader. – EPA pic, May 9, 2022.

WESTERN multinationals and local tycoons published newspaper adverts today congratulating John Lee on becoming Hong Kong’s next leader, following a rubber-stamp selection process condemned by critics as anti-democratic.

Lee, 64, a former security chief who oversaw the crackdown on Hong Kong’s democracy movement, was anointed the business hub’s new leader yesterday in a near unanimous vote by a small committee of Beijing loyalists.

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