Beijing almost certainly gave Tung the nod on his decision: its main concern was that anti-Tung (or anti-Beijing) parties might dominate the September 2004 elections for the Legislative Council, Hong Kong's lawmaking body. Hong Kong has given Beijing an unexpected lesson in Politics 101.
Residents of Hong Kong may not be able to "recall" their top government leader as Californians can. (And that's probably a good thing.) But they were stunned last week to find they had accomplished something previously unheard of in China: making a Mandarin back down because he was afraid of losing upcoming elections.