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  1. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    We can't escape politics, but don't forget livelihood issues

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 06:29am by Tammy Tam

    ... politics can certainly be unpleasant, especially as the city becomes more polarised. Sometimes I try to focus on a non-political issue in my column, but politics can't always be avoided- ... and enjoying festival treats. So as we broke out the mooncakes, we started discussing the "gutter oil" scare. As we delved deeper into food safety issues in the city, Taiwan ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    What was really behind 'Uncle Tung's' public show?

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 06:05am by Tammy Tam

    ... to push the city's political reform forward after the nation's top legislature set an ultra-strict framework on 2017 universal suffrage. The pan-democrats condemned the decision ... the city. Tung's soft approach, described by some as a more "human" way of expressing Beijing's tough stand, was noticed by the pan-democrats who admitted that Tung seemed quite ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    It's an old problem … how will we fund a universal pension?

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 05:55am by Tammy Tam

    ... negotiations for the handover. In 1995, the administration under last governor Chris Patten unveiled a five-year plan for an annual 27 per cent rise in welfare spending "to make Hong Kong a city ... the city's financial reserves. Chen Zuoer, then deputy director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office and China's chief negotiator on the Sino-British Finance Group, even likened the plan ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Deng Xiaoping's legacy felt in Hong Kong's debate on political reform

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 05:31am by Tammy Tam

    ... Tammy Tam Late paramount leader saw city as integral part of China, and Xi Jinping is of the same mind Deng's legacy felt in reform debate At midnight on June 30, 1997, the Union flag ... of 1997, when journalists- myself included- rushed to Beijing amid mounting rumours that Deng was seriously ill. It was only about five months to go before July 1, and Deng had once told a city ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Picking sides in the battle for reform

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 04:54am by Tammy Tam

    ... announced his support- in his personal capacity- for the campaign by the Alliance for Peace and Democracy. His move was backed by Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor- who is in charge ... he had expressed his appreciation for precisely this neutrality, saying he did not think it fair to put the burden of political duties on the shoulders of the city's civil servants. We ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Seize the day or miss the boat in dialogue with Beijing

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 05:56am by Tammy Tam

    ... Tammy Tam Pan-democrats must welcome every window of opportunity to discuss universal suffrage Seize the day or miss the boat in dialogue with Beijing For Hongkongers, communication between Beijing and the pan-democratic camp is always warmly welcomed. And so it was when the long-awaited talks between pan-democratic lawmakers and Beijing's top representative in the city ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Southern tours may become a habit for Beijing

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 05:56am by Tammy Tam

    ... were subsequently introduced – such as lifting restrictions on mainland visitors to boost the city’s economy and allowing more yuan business – were the result of that gathering in Shenzhen. ... and end-all” in the city’s pursuit of universal suffrage. Another point, according to someone at one of the meetings, was that regardless of the success or failure of the political reform, “Leung ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    'Subversives' in Hong Kong not a new worry for state leaders

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 06:10am by Tammy Tam

    ... Tammy Tam Liaison office chief Zhang Xiaoming's emphasis on national security echoed Deng's warnings 'Subversives' in city not a new worry for state leaders When Beijing's top representative in Hong Kong said last week that the central government needed to consider the city's move to universal suffrage in 2017 from the "perspective of national ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Hope for silver lining on cloud over reform

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 06:20am by Tammy Tam

    ... Tammy Tam Both sides jostle for position as winding road to universal suffrage heads towards endpoint Hope for silver lining on cloud of reform Everything is hard at the beginning, according to the Chinese proverb, and so it is for the first steps in Hong ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Problems between Legco and Leung stretch to Beijing

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 05:57am by Tammy Tam

    ... Tammy Tam Challenges to HK's executive-led political structure extend 'battlefield' to the north Problems between Legco and Leung stretch to Beijing When the chief executive and the chairman of the Legislative Council disagree over whether ...




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