Hong Kong is gearing up for crucial city administration polls on 7 Sept. 2008. Hong Kong, which was returned to Chinese control in 1997 after over 150 years of British rule, enjoys limited autonomy, maintaining its own political and judicial system. Only half of the 60 seats in Hong Kong’s legislature are chosen by popular vote with the others being occupied by various business and industry interest groups. A fresh opinion poll showed that pro-democracy politicians were expected to make limited gains in the elections, while the pro-China camp was likely to fare well.
Hong Kong was returned to Chinese control after over 150 years under British rule in 1997