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Hong Kong's new leader is already doomed to fail

Further deterioration of city's global economic status seems inevitable

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Hong Kong's incoming Chief Executive John Lee, pictured in November 2021: Lee's ambitions to silence debate even further hardly seem in the interest of Hong Kong's 7.6 million people.   © Reuters

William Pesek is an award-winning Tokyo-based journalist and author of "Japanization: What the World Can Learn from Japan's Lost Decades."

Chief executive of Hong Kong -- you will not find a more thankless job in all of geopolitics -- where your city is actually controlled by others and you are on the receiving end of, albeit well-deserved, ire from all sides.

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