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Hong Kong Wraps Up Unofficial Democracy Poll In Defiance Of Beijing

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June 29, 2014 AT 4:58 AM
More than 765,000 votes had been cast by early afternoon on Sunday, the final day of an unofficial referendum on democratic reforms in Hong Kong, part of a civil campaign that has been branded illegal by local and mainland Chinese authorities.FORMER HONG KONG CHIEF SECRETARY, ANSON CHAN: Hong Kong, a free-wheeling, capitalist hub of more than seven million people, returned to Chinese rule in 1997 with wide-ranging autonomy under a "one country, two systems" formula, along with an undated promise of universal suffrage. While Beijing says Hong Kong can go ahead with a vote in 2017 for the city's top leader, Hong Kong's mini-constitution, the Basic Law, specifies that only a nominating committee can pick leadership candidates.