HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong is poised to choose a new leader on Sunday when members of a committee dominated by elites favored by Beijing cast their ballots in the first such vote since 2014's huge pro-democracy protests.
Here's a look at the electoral system, which critics have dubbed a "small-circle" or "fake" election because of its strict limits on popular participation:
HONG KONG (AP) — On Sunday morning, a select group of tycoons, business leaders, politicians and trade and industry group representatives will gather in a cavernous exhibition center to vote for the next leader of Hong Kong.
Three candidates are on the ballot but there's little uncertainty about who the winner will be, with China's communist leaders already signaling early on their preference to the election committee, which is stacked with pro-Beijing loyalists.
BEIJING (AP) — China's top political advisory body voted Monday to appoint Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to the ceremonial post of vice chairman, ahead of his departure from office in July.
Leung announced in December that he wouldn't seek a second term as leader of the Chinese-controlled territory, a former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997.
Hong Kong to release 9 seized Singapore troop carriers
SINGAPORE (AP) — Nine armored personnel carriers belonging to Singapore that were seized in the Chinese territory of Hong Kong will be returned, officials said Tuesday.
The Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong received a letter from Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying saying that Hong Kong had completed an investigation of the SAF Terrex infantry carrier vehicles and other equipment and would release them to the Singapore government.
In final speech, Hong Kong leader warns on independence push
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's outgoing leader warned in his farewell policy speech Wednesday that independence for the Chinese-controlled territory is not possible.
In his annual address to the legislature, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said that Hong Kong is an "inalienable" part of China.
"There is absolutely no room for independence or any form of separation," he said.
Hong Kong’s No. 2 official resigns, plans leadership bid
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's No. 2 government official said Thursday that she was resigning to prepare for a leadership bid for the southern Chinese city's top job.
Chief Secretary Carrie Lam said she tendered her resignation to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and asked him to submit it to Beijing for approval.
Hong Kong finance chief quits; leadership bid expected
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's financial chief quit Monday, in what is widely seen as a prelude to a leadership bid for the southern Chinese city's top job.
Financial Secretary John Tsang said he submitted his resignation to the current leader, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, who announced unexpectedly on Friday that he would not seek a second term in office.
Hong Kong chief: Xi ‘affirmed our work’ in election dispute
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Hong Kong's leader said Chinese President Xi Jinping has affirmed his handling of a political dispute in the Chinese-ruled territory in which two recently elected legislators were barred from taking their seats.
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said Xi had given his endorsement in a meeting Sunday on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Lima, Peru.
AP Explains: Beijing’s intervention in Hong Kong legislature
HONG KONG (AP) — The Chinese legislature's decision to intervene in the exclusion of two Hong Kong legislators has underscored Beijing's determination to ensure its control over the semi-autonomous region's political life. Here is a look at recent events and possible effects that could shape the territory's relationship with the mainland and its standing as an international finance center long known for stability and calm.