Lai See

PUBLISHED : Monday, 01 September, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 01 September, 2003, 12:00am

Topics aplenty but not much to comment about

Scientists and academics are among the few bastions of free speech when it comes to press conferences.

In other words, they haven't been told to keep their mouths firmly shut and give away nothing.

So it was with much enthusiasm that the press turned up to hear how a meeting progressed between mainland financial academics and think-tanks, and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority officials on Friday. Cao Honghui, director of the International Finance division of the Institute of Finance and Banking, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, was introduced to the press. He listed the topics in which they share a mutual interest. The yuan exchange rate, the possibility of Hong Kong banks taking yuan deposits, that kind of thing.

And what about these issues?

No comment.

a case of sofa so good at pccw's residence bel-air

Robert Lee Chi-hong just never gives up.

The PCCW Infrastructure chairman was doing the hard sell at PCCW's interim results last week to flog those Residence Bel-Air flats.

But what about Phase two of the development? Mr Lee insisted the launch was but days away.

'As a matter of fact, I'm just waiting for two pieces of Italian antique furniture to arrive.' Indeed? A major project such as this hingeing on a couple of sofas?

Blame the Europeans. 'August is a holiday for the Italians and I'm calling them every day.'

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