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  1. News - China - POLITICS

    China to dismantle scandal-plagued railways ministry

    Posted Mar 10th 2013, 10:29am by Agence France-Presse in Beijing

    ... the National People's Congress parliament meeting in Beijing, according to a copy of his speech. The body's commercial functions will be taken over by a new China Railway Corporation ... by a new China Railway Corporation, it added. The railway system has been one of China’s flagship development projects in recent years and the country now boasts the world’s largest high-speed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1187504/china-split-railways-ministry-after-scandals
  2. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Stamp duty relief for corporate property buyers set to be voted down

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 04:29am by JEFFIE LAM

    ... Jeffie Lam jeffie.lam@scmp.com People Power does U-turn again on help for corporate property buyers Stamp duty change set to be blocked An amendment to stamp duty legislation to give refunds to corporate buyers who hold on to premises for three years looks set to be voted down today. Radical group People Power changed its stance on the issue for a second time, and decided ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1554350/stamp-duty-relief-corporate-property-buyers-set-be-voted-down
  3. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    UK will mobilise global community if China breaches ‘one country, two systems’: Nick Clegg

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 01:42pm by Tony Cheung and Joyce Ng

    ... avenue available" if China breaches the agreement vowing "one country, two systems" for Hong Kong. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was quoted as telling ex-chief Secretary Anson ... Parliament The meeting drew a strong rebuke from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, with China issuing a complaint to Britain. "The Chinese side urges the British side to truly respect ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1555347/uk-will-mobilise-global-community-if-china-breaches-one-country-two
  4. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    'It doesn't matter; it's not a sin': Lawmaker with lowest Legco attendance unrepentant

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 04:57am by Joyce Ng

    ... a key figure in the Business and Professionals Alliance who represents the Heung Yee Kuk in Legco, did not offer an explanation when responding to a South China Morning Post inquiry. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1557680/heung-yee-kuks-man-proves-conspicuous-his-absence
  5. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Government says there is room for change in how lawmakers are elected

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 06:20am by NG KANG-CHUNG

    ... by the public in geographical constituencies. Corporate activist David Webb said the electorate of functional seats should include every person working in the sector. In the 2012 poll, 16 functional ... with 208 votes. Overall, only 240,000 people and corporations have votes. Webb said the financial services seat showed the problem. "What is called the financial services legislator ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1556738/government-says-there-room-change-how-lawmakers-are-elected
  6. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Critics say Finance Committee chair Ng Leung-sing is in over his head

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 04:57am by NG KANG-CHUNG

    ... government to clarify before they decide to agree or disagree on a funding request." Lau was the Finance Committee chairman during the debate over the controversial high-speed railway project ... leases granted by the pre-handover government. In 1994, the commission reached an agreement to grant the land for the new airport at Chek Lap Kok, and for the airport railway. In 1996, Ng ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1538453/critics-say-finance-committee-chair-ng-leung-sing-over-his-head
  7. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Law to affirm double stamp duty passed, 17 months after levy came in

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 04:15am by PHILE SIU, Ada Lee

    ... months to see if any adjustments were needed. Lawmakers voted down an amendment that sought to allow corporate buyers a refund of the extra tax on properties they used for their own business, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1555049/law-affirm-double-stamp-duty-passed-17-months-after-levy-came
  8. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Occupy Central 'may hurt Beijing's confidence in Hong Kong as financial centre'

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 06:21am by NG KANG-CHUNG

    ... which] the operations of the financial sector are affected, the risks will be much higher," said Yam, who is also an adviser to the People's Bank of China. "I hope the [protests ... to be secure". Yam also said the Hong Kong dollar's peg to its US counterpart should not be considered untouchable as conditions now were very different to 1983, when it was created. "China ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1556936/occupy-central-may-hurt-beijings-confidence-hong-kong-financial
  9. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Newspaper vendors offered cash to display and hand out anti-Occupy posters

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 03:58am by SAMUEL CHAN, JEFFIE LAM

    ... Causeway Bay vendor did not welcome the offer. "I would never betray my conscience for a few dollars more," said the newsstand owner, who did not wish to be identified. The South China ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1557050/newspaper-vendors-offered-cash-display-and-hand-out-anti-occupy
  10. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Parties' Legco voting records show a blurring of political lines, Post finds

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 03:58am by Stuart Lau

    ... This is indicated by a South China Morning Post study of Legislative Council voting records over the past year. The study shows the Liberal Party voted in favour of motions tabled by pan-democrats 40 per ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1557132/parties-legco-voting-records-show-blurring-political-lines-post-finds

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