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#Viewpoint】District Councils are powerless, the most important implication of the election results is on the composition of 2021 Chief Executive Election Committee.

#DistrictCouncil #ChiefExecutive #CCP #China #HongKong
In 2012, Li Ka-shing openly voted for the scandal-troubled Henry Tang (who secured 285 votes), while Leung Chun-ying was only barely elected despite of Beijing's strong mobilization (who secured 689 votes).
In 2017, democrats and pro-local capital Liberal Party tried to stop the re-election of Leung Chun-ying by organizing ABC campaign, and Beijing defended its control power by replacing Leung with Carrie Lam (who secured 777 votes after abandonment of pro-local capital John Tsang).
The landslide victory of District Council elections means that on top of its 300 votes within professional and social services sub-sectors, democrats will gain 117 votes in District Council sub-sector.
Under this new composition, the leveraging position of local capital will be strengthened. If local capital chooses to work with democrats, they probably will get enough votes to decide the Chief Executive on their own.
If Beijing wants to prevent such a coup d'état, it will have no choice but to re co-opt local capitalists by returning to the Beijing-HK state-business alliance under Tung and Tsang era.
The indicator will be whether Carrie Lam will be swiftly replaced by pro-local capital elites like Henry Tang or Norman Chan.

The relationship between Beijing and its local collaborators is always complicated, and HK remains an offshore jurisdiction outside CCP's full control.
▋Further reading
The Future of Hong Kong’s Autonomy/Brian C. H. Fong
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