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Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Hong Kong's former chief secretary.

Trio of hopefuls vie for top Hong Kong post

Pro-Beijing candidate Carrie Lam seen with big lead

YASUO AWAI, Nikkei staff writer | China

HONG KONG -- The race for Hong Kong's highest office is shaping up as a three-way scuffle pitting a Beijing favorite against two liberals as the mainland's growing involvement puts the city's autonomy into question.

The chief executive is chosen by a roughly 1,200-member election committee that includes business leaders from various industries. More than 800 this year support the mainland government, while a record 325 fall into the democratic camp.

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