Question of the Week: Does Hong Kong Need to Develop Politically to Truly Be an International City?

Here's a question I put to Emily Lau (not in exactly the same way): As Hong Kong aims to be an international city, does its political development matter? Why should the SAR's Chief Executive and legislators being directly elected make a difference as Hong Kong develops its role in the world? Is it more important for Hong Kong not to create friction with the mainland by moving on political development at a pace unacceptable to Beijing?

What do you think?