Image credit: James Griffiths.
During his recent, Deng Xiaoping-esque, Southern Tour, newly anointed CPC General Secretary Xi Jinping met with all the region’s big political players and even some smaller ones. He didn’t however meet with Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung.
Since the CPC took a more hands-on approach to Hong Kong affairs after mass rallies against a proposed 2003 security law, it has been traditional for the Special Administrative Region’s top politicians to cross to Shenzhen to pay homage in “casual and private” talks with high-ranking Communist officials.
According to Tammy Tam at the South China Morning Mouthpiece* this apparent snub of CY Leung has left political analysts “confused”. Considering his recent troubles and plummeting approval ratings however, Leung may be glad to distance himself from Beijing and accusations that he is nothing but a CPC lapdog.
*Fantastic moniker for the shadow-of-its-former-self SCMP coined by Tom Grundy at Hong Wrong.