China Rules Out Direct Elections in Hong Kong

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The Chinese government rules that Hong Kong may not hold free elections in 2007 — a major setback in Hong Kong's move towards democracy. Many people in Hong Kong want the right to elect a successor to the unpopular Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa. The Chinese National People's Congress Standing Committee says Hong Kong will be allowed to make gradual changes to its electoral process. Hear NPR's Rob Gifford.



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