Hong Kong democrats intent on vetoing vote as talks with China fizzle

May 31, 2015 9:12 AM

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HONG KONG Talks between Chinese officials and Hong Kong democrats ended in stalemate on Sunday, with democrats sticking by plans to veto a Beijing-proposed election blueprint in a mid-June vote that could become a flashpoint for pro-democracy protests.

Hong Kong, which returned to Chinese rule in 1997, was roiled by 79 days of mass demonstrations and street occupations late last year over how its next leader will be chosen in 2017.

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