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The Chief Executive Resigns; Controlling Functional Constituencies; Beijing's Anti-Secession Law (11 Mar 2005)


After days, even weeks of rumours and speculation, Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa handed in his resignation on Thursday yesterday. Now all eyes are on his successor, and the length of time that successor is likely to be in office. Political analyst Anthony Cheung and legal specialist Priscilla Leung of City University, and the Financial Times' Chief Asia correspondent Victor Mallet discuss the implications. In a bid to make sure that future constitutional reforms move in a more rather than less democratic direction, Ronny Tong this week introduced a Legco motion aimed at curbing the number of functional constituencies in any future changes. Beijing is this week introducing the Anti-Secession Bill, which permits it to use force in the event that Taiwan moves towards independence. It says it won't use force except as a last resource. But there's little doubt the bill is designed as a pretty blatant big stick.

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Publish Date: 
Friday, March 11, 2005
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