Apparently CY Leung is doing a good job, according to Beijing...
Should we be surprised?
Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying came back from two days of reporting his work progress to Beijing, and was told the central government was "very satisfied" with his performance.
He met with National People's Congress chairman Zhang Dejiang, and Leung said, "[Zhang] was 'highly affirmed and is very satisfied' with my performance -- and the SAR government -- over the past 20 months on political reform."
Leung added, "[Zhang] said he would firmly support me and the administration to rule [the city] in accordance with law."
This is highly amusing considering the pro-Beijing lawmakers flubbed so badly on the vote last month, and lots of people came out to protest against Leung, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung when they were campaigning around the city for the public to accept the political reform proposal.
And the fact that Beijing would support Leung if he ran for another term proves how tight he is with the Xi administration, where loyalty equals competence..
Nevertheless, Leung was diplomatic about possibly running for a second term, saying, "If there is room and opportunity, I will make the greatest efforts to serve Hong Kong."
Veteran China watcher Johnny Lau Yui-siu said Zhang may have just encouraged Leung as a formality, and that it would not necessarily mean he had won the central government's blessing.
The thought of Leung staying on for another term was a bad sign for Civic Party leader Alan Leong Kah-kit. "It would be a catastrophe for Hong Kong if he serves for another five years."