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BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Beijing rules on HK chief tenure

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Beijing rules on HK chief tenure Beijing rules on HK chief tenure
China has ruled that the next chief executive of Hong Kong should only serve for two years rather than five.

The new leader will serve out the remaining term of former leader Tung Chee-hwa, who resigned in March.

Critics say the fact that Hong Kong asked Beijing to rule on the issue has undermined the territory's autonomy.

There are suspicions Beijing decided on only a two-year term because of its doubts over the background of Mr Tung's expected successor, Donald Tsang.

He is currently serving as Hong Kong's interim leader.

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