Former Hong Kong security chief declares leadership bid

Hardline No 2 leader John Lee reportedly also has Beijing's backing

Hong Kong

A HARDLINE former Hong Kong security chief sanctioned by the US for his role in China's purge of dissent declared his bid on Wednesday (Apr 6) to become the city's next leader.

John Lee, who oversaw the police response to huge democracy protests 3 years ago and its subsequent crackdown, resigned from the government to run.

"If the Central People's Government approves my resignation, I shall inform you of my next move in detail," he told reporters without taking any questions.

Lee, 64, has been...


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