G7, EU voice ‘grave concern’ at new HK leader selection process

John Lee Ka-chiu waves after being elected as Hong Kong’s next chief executive at the Exhibition and Convention Centre in Hong Kong, China, yesterday. Lee, a 64-year-old former police officer who oversaw the crackdown of the territory’s democracy movement, has been the sole candidate in the election for top job. – EPA pic, May 9, 2022.

G7 foreign ministers today voiced misgivings about how Hong Kong’s new leader was chosen, accusing the Chinese territory of flouting democratic convention.

Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States joined the EU in putting on record their “grave concern over the selection process”, in which a coterie of Beijing loyalists appointed John Lee.

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