Hong Kong is mostly well organized but its increasingly chaotic politics raise questions about its government's ability to make and implement decisions based on anything more than knee-jerk responses to particular problems or demands. Most immediately, much hangs on the content of and reaction to the first policy address on Jan. 16 by Chief Executive C.Y. Leung. In his selection campaign and subsequently, Leung has made much of his intention to tackle three of the issues which are popularly viewed as urgent: an ever-rising income gap reflected in the poverty of a large minority of the population, particularly the elderly; appalling levels of air pollution and related environmental issues; and very high property prices that have put home ownership out of reach for young families.
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