Report: China Planning to Fire Carrie Lam

  • According to the Financial Times, the Chinese government is merely waiting for the situation in Hong Kong to stabilize before making the replacement.
  • In September, Lam herself said she would like to resign, "if possible," in leaked audio recordings from a government meeting. 
  • If Lam leaves office, a replacement would take over next March, and serve until 2022.

According to a report by the international business newspaper, Financial Times, quoting sources with knowledge of the ongoing plans, China is reportedly planning to fire Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, and appoint a temporary leader. That won’t happen, however, until the region has stabilized from its current crisis, sources have revealed.

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor is the fourth, and current, Chief Executive of Hong Kong. She served as the Chief Secretary for Administration, the most senior principal official, from 2012 to 2017, and as Secretary for Development from 2007 to 2012.

Lam is seen by many protesters as being too kind to the Chinese government. Therefore, many have demanded her resignation. The replacement plans are in the pipeline following months of massive demonstrations in the former British Crown Colony over what the protesters describe as increased Chinese control. Many protesters have demanded the departure of the 62-year-old Lam because of the government’s handling of the crisis.

According to the Financial Times, the Chinese government is merely waiting for the situation in Hong Kong to stabilize before making the replacement at the very top of the governance of the region. China does not want the replacement to appear as though it is giving in to the protesters’ demands, the newspaper writes. If China’s leader, Xi Jinping, chooses to fire Lam, a replacement will take over in March next year and finish the rest of the term running until 2022, the Financial Times elaborates.

In September, Lam herself said she would like to resign, “if possible,” in leaked audio recordings from a government meeting. “For a chief executive to have caused this huge havoc to Hong Kong is unforgivable. If I have a choice, the first thing [I would do] is to quit, having made a deep apology,” Lam said, her voice breaking with emotion. “So I make a plea to you for your forgiveness.”

The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China is the representative of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and head of the Government of Hong Kong. The Chief Executive is elected from a restricted pool of candidates supportive of the Central Government by a 1200-member Election Committee, an electoral college consisting of individuals and bodies selected or elected within 28 functional constituencies, as prescribed in Annex I to the Basic Law.

The news of the leaked audio was publicized by various media outlets, but she denied it. Appearing at a news conference afterward, she stressed that she had not asked the Chinese government to resign.

Since mid-June, Hong Kong has been rocked by major protests, with millions of people having so far participated. On several occasions, the demonstrations have developed violently with clashes between protesters and police. The crisis, in the partially autonomous metropolis, which has been under China since 1997, began with a bill designed to make it easier to extradite citizens for prosecution in China. The bill was subsequently dropped, but the demonstrations continued.

The police have massively targeted the protesters with barricades, water cannons, and tear gas. China has denied trying to increase control of the metropolis. Hong Kong gained a number of democratic rights by transferring British to Chinese control, which Communist China did not grant its citizens. China has, among other things, accused the United States and other Western countries of encouraging the Hong Kong unrest.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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