To Beijing officials, he has been labeled a "running dog of the colonialists".
Perhaps partly out of concern about the image of the nation's capital, Beijing officials for weeks have played down the threat.
Beijing officials have gone out of their way in recent months to avoid expressing public support for any candidate.
Beijing officials say the population of permanent legal residents is 12.7 million.
Beijing officials and residents often use cliches to describe the migrants.
But Beijing officials have publicly suggested that the next term might be only two years.
Beijing officials could go well beyond that amount when China has the Games in 2008.
Beijing officials have called for an end to the active discussions of democracy here.
Beijing officials know that vital differences over Taiwan and human rights will not disappear.
In 1984, Beijing officials, eager to show they encouraged private business, ordered him released.