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Gross interference in Chief Executive Election Listen
Professor Willy Lam from the Chinese University of Hong Kong says there has been gross interference by mainland authorities in upcoming the Chief Executive Election. He says this is to ensure that their favourite candidate - former Chief Secretary Carrie Lam - wins the election. Lam tells Annemarie Evans that many Election Committee members, who will select Hong Kong's next leader, have expressed frustration and anger at being manipulated.
Pan-democratic lawmakers oppose possible appointment of CY Leung Listen
Twenty-six pro-democracy legislators have taken a common stance against the possible appointment of Chief Executive, CY Leung, as a vice-chairman of the mainland's top advisory body. They issued a joint letter to the chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Yu Zhengsheng, to voice their opposition. Civic Party lawmaker Alvin Yeung is among those who have signed the letter. He tells Jim Gould that there are several reasons why they are objecting to Leung's appointment.
Islamic State militants issue threat against China Listen
China analyst Mark O’Neill says the threat by Islamic State (IS) militants from Xinjiang's Uighur ethnic minority against China is a significant development for Beijing. The US-based jihadist-tracking group, SITE, says IS released a video on Monday, showing a Uighur militant vowing to return home and "shed blood like rivers". He issued the threat just before executing an alleged informant. This is the first time Uighur militants have claimed allegiance to IS. O’Neill tells Annemarie Evans that Beijing should now expect its embassies and people abroad to become targets of IS.