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HK leadership race: Beijing wants loyalty and competency

Hong Kong's next leader will most certainly be a staunch loyalist as Beijing has clearly indicated the need for stability in the light of the 2019 unrest and other recent events. PHOTO: REUTERS
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HONG KONG - Time is running out for Beijing to signal who it backs as Hong Kong's next leader with less than two weeks until the nomination period for the chief executive.

But the next leader will most certainly be a staunch loyalist as Beijing has clearly indicated the need for stability in the light of the 2019 unrest and other recent events.

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