Hong Kong’s local election’s result showed that the majority of Hong Kong people are against Beijing’s rule, as people backed pro-democracy protesters which the Communist Party have repeatedly called “riots”, it seems like the people do not agree with that view.
“Beijing will need to handle its relationship with Hong Kong’s tycoons more carefully after the landslide election victory by the opposition camp made them the accidental “kingmakers” in the choice of the next leader, analysts say.
The pro-democracy camp won 392 out of 452 seats in Sunday’s vote, taking control of 17 out of 18 district councils.
Although councillors’ powers are limited, the victory will give the bloc a bigger say in the selection process for the chief executive by handing them control of 117 seats on the 1,200-member committee that chooses the chief executive.
This shift in the balance of power will mean that Beijing will be more reliant on the major property developers and their business associates – at a time when Beijing has been trying to wean itself away from its over-reliance on the city’s tycoons.”, scmp.com reported.
“Xi’s socialism with Chinese characteristics, which grants the Communist Party leadership above all, does not allow for competitive elections on the mainland. But state media aggressively urged Hong Kongers to vote, likely because Xi was told the pro-Beijing camp would win.
Chinese leaders championed the very concept of elections they reject at home in hopes of showing the world that most in Hong Kong stand with Beijing. Instead, pro-democracy candidates took more than 80% of the elected seats.
State media quickly fell silent once the results came out and still have not reported them on the mainland.
Trump’s signing of the Hong Kong bill was another major miscalculation. The American leader said in August that it would be very hard to keep dealing with China “if it’s another Tiananmen Square.” Xi took this as a sign that Trump would prioritize trade negotiations unless Beijing sent the military or armed police into Hong Kong.”, asia.nikkei.com reported.