Five More Years

CARSTEN SCHAEL FOR TIME

Donald Tsang, Hong Kong's Chief Executive

The campaign headquarters of Hong Kong's Chief Executive, Donald Tsang, is unusual for an election nerve center. For one thing, it's clean, and quiet: no spilled coffee, no half-eaten pizza slices, no one cursing into a phone. The staff are unfailingly polite, and they don't run—they walk. As befits Hong Kong's profile as a financial town above all else, Tsang's election office is in a commercial tower, on the 28th floor. (Hong Kong people consider 28 to be an advantageous number because, in Cantonese, it sounds like "easy to prosper.") In case that isn't powerful enough joss, a large Chinese character...

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