Hong Kong tycoon feels Beijing's ire for criticism

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HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong tycoon is feeling Beijing's wrath after he failed to toe the official line by voicing doubts about the city's China-backed leader, who is struggling to end monthlong democracy protests.

Delegates to China's top government advisory body are expected to vote Wednesday on kicking James Tien out after his comments on the unpopular leader, Leung Chun-ying.

Tien, who is also a Hong Kong lawmaker with a pro-Beijing party, told a local radio station last week that Leung had done a poor job of running the city and should consider resigning.

A senior member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference said members would vote to expel him not because he criticized Leung but because he aired those sentiments in public.