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Beijing prefers Carrie Lam Listen
China analyst, Mark O'Neill, says Beijing prefers former Chief Secretary, Carrie Lam, to become Hong Kong’s next chief executive. He says although former Financial Secretary, John Tsang, has also announced that he will run in the upcoming chief executive election, the drawback for Beijing with regard to him is that he had lived in the United States for 17 years, and received most of his education there. But O'Neill tells Annemarie Evans that this does not mean that Tsang, and the others who have announced their intention to run for the top job, should not bother anymore.
"Government wants young activists to be politically dead": lawmaker Listen
Independent lawmaker, Claudia Mo, says the government’s decision to bar two pro-independence groups from setting up stalls at the upcoming Lunar New Year fair in Victoria Park amounts to "political censorship". The Hong Kong National Party and Youngspiration were told by the authorities that they believe the goods they plan to sell would be related to advocacy on the territory's independence, and this may endanger public safety. Mo tells Ben Tse that the government wants young activists to be "politically dead".
Islamic State losing territory Listen
New analysis claims to show that the Islamic State jihadist group has lost almost a quarter of its territory last year. Security and defence analysts, IHS Markit, reports that the group gave up almost 18,000 square kilometres -- reducing its territory to around 60,000 square kilometres. This followed on from a 14 per cent loss in 2015. IHS says, however, that its stronghold on Raqqa would be a tougher nut to crack. But a professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University in Britain, Paul Rogers, tells Annemarie Evans that it is difficult to work out how far developments have gone.