When it comes to political reform, Mr Leung's hands are tied by Mr Xi's intransigence. But he has done little to make the obvious case to leaders in Beijing that stacking political institutions with tycoons and their cronies will fuel discontent. The Occupy demonstrators wanted not just a one-person, one-vote electoral system, but also a sweeping change in the way that Hong Kong has been ruled for more than 170 years.

I can't understand the bold sentence. What does that mean?

  • It means Leung Chung-ying hasn't done enough to convince Xi Jin-ping that placing financial elites in high-ranking government positions in Hong Kong is making Hong-Kongers unhappy.
    – Einheri
    Dec 20, 2014 at 5:17

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But he has done little
{to make the obvious case = to present the obvious reasons}
to leaders in Beijing
that {stacking = selectively filling}
political institutions
with {tycoons = wealthy businessmen}
and {their cronies = their friends/relatives/business partners}
will {fuel discontent ≈ give [ordinary] people reasons to be dissatisfied}.

  • One must take their hat off to you. Dec 20, 2014 at 5:16
  • @EdwinAshworth - For some reason, I am now eating a red shirt. The doll was yummy!
    – Erik Kowal
    Dec 20, 2014 at 5:18

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