Free Hong Kong’s death was planned in Beijing, but Carrie Lam will go down in history as its chief executioner. On Monday, she said she would not seek a second five-year term as city chief executive, but her legacy is secure.
A career civil servant who thrived under British rule, she was obliged as governor under the city’s Basic Law to preserve the city’s autonomy (“one country, two systems”) that China had promised after its takeover in 1997. It completely failed. In 2019, she scared the public by trying to push through an extradition bill to subject Hong Kongers to mainland laws and courts. Millions protested and Ms Lam backed down.
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