Hong Kong’s chief executive selection process was restored to a semblance of order last week after Beijing's original choice, former Chief Secretary for Administration Henry Tang, basically made himself unselectable. Beijing did not anticipate skeletons leaping out of the cupboards of their two approved candidates. Due diligence was overlooked. Even less did they anticipate Tang being so inept at handling a series of crises including having dug himself an illegal basement structure at the same time he was in charge of policing illegal structures, costing him respect and credibility.
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