Beijing calls the shots over Tsang
The message is clear - China rules, OK?
This much became plain when Xinhua, China's official news agency, announced the appointment of Sir Donald Tsang Yan-kuen as Hong Kong's chief secretary for administration half an hour before the press conference in Hong Kong.
Just 48 hours earlier Sir Donald - though no one in the politically correct special autonomous region of China addresses him as a British knight - Hong Kong's financial secretary, told local university students that he did not want to succeed Anson Chan Fang On-sang as the chief secretary and had asked chief executive, Tung Chee-hwa, to find someone else.
Then came Xinhua's announcement that Tsang would assume the post from April.