Asia Pacific Will China vet Hong Kong election? Protests hang in the balance

The occupation of Hong Kong's central financial district could start early next week, after Beijing releases its guidelines Sunday on how the city's next leader will be elected. Beijing has promised Hong Kong will have 'universal suffrage' by 2017.

By , Staff writer

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With Beijing signaling it is unlikely to allow the direct democracy in Hong Kong that many here say is overdue, protesters may “occupy” and block parts of China’s most significant international financial hub as early as next week.