Politicians And Populace Face Off In Hong Kong

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He wants plutocracy. They want democracy.

He’s Leung Chun-ying, the current chief executive of Hong Kong, and they are the protesters who have been demanding full democratic suffrage from Beijing for three weeks now.

Today, protesters and officials from Leung’s administration finally met, but little was accomplished, seeing as Leung’s idea of “numerical representation” has more to do with representing Hong Kong millionaires than it does with representing the region’s entire population.

NPR’s Asia correspondent Frank Langfitt talks to Here & Now’s Robin Young about today’s talks and the divide between Hong Kong politicians and populace.


This segment aired on October 21, 2014.


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