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  1. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    China was very much against democracy in Hong Kong even before handover, says Chris Patten

    Posted Nov 21st 2014, 07:46am by Tony Cheung and Joyce Ng

    ... democracy' It is "complete nonsense" to suggest that China "always wanted democracy" for Hong Kong, as it appeared "resistant to any form of democracy" even before ... democracy in Hong Kong before it resumed sovereignty over the city. "The Chinese were very much against this moving to greater democracy … because they thought it might lead people in Hong Kong ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - OCCUPY CENTRAL

    Chris Patten admits Britain did poor job in introducing democracy to Hong Kong

    Posted Nov 05th 2014, 03:36am by NG KANG-CHUNG

    ... yesterday that the British government had not done a good enough job in introducing democracy to the city before the handover. But he argued that in the 1990s, the general feeling in Hong Kong was that the city would move steadily towards full democracy and that no one would "feel that the People's Liberation Army would come with tanks into Hong Kong". Patten was giving evidence ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Whitehall and colonial government never wanted full democracy for Hong Kong

    Posted Oct 31st 2014, 05:32am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com UK never wanted full democracy for HK Would the British have introduced full democracy in Hong Kong from the 1950s onward if communist China had not vehemently ... Granting full democracy to Hong Kong anytime before Deng's formulation- or before the Sino-British Joint Declaration- would have led inexorably to two things for Hong Kong: decolonisation from ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    A turning point for democracy in Hong Kong

    Posted Oct 01st 2014, 05:43pm by Cliff Buddle

    ... in Hong Kong to the central government and seeking to ease its concerns about democracy. The business sector has an important role to play. Beijing, understandably, places much importance ... their part in easing Beijing's concerns Turning point The dramatic scenes of mass protest on the streets of Hong Kong this week mark a defining moment in the city's political development. ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Both Beijing and Anson Chan are talking hogwash over full democracy for Hong Kong

    Posted Jun 24th 2014, 05:59am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com When both sides are talking hogwash The war of words over Hong Kong's full democracy has got out of hand. Beijing has denounced Occupy Central's mock ... the city's fight for full democracy. Both denunciations are hogwash. You can ask the Hong Kong public to vote on anything you like. We do it all the time, over beauty pageants, Canto-pop hits, ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    How democracy changed Hong Kong

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 03:57am by Regina Ip

    ... for security David Jeaffreson, L.M.(Bim) Davies, "Mr 1997", and most recently John Walden, former director of home affairs- calls for a fresh examination of how democracy changed Hong Kong ... colony. Dr Steve Tsang, an Oxford historian, pointed out in his 1988 monograph Democracy Shelved that plans to introduce democracy to Hong Kong started in London in 1945, but were shelved in 1952 ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Democracy in Hong Kong was never Britain's concern, pre and post 1997

    Posted Feb 03rd 2014, 06:31pm by Kerry Brown

    ... Kerry Brown Kerry Brown says its priority was always a dignified retreat, given the limited room for manoeuvre Democracy in Hong Kong was never Britain's concern, both pre and post ... tidying up, retreating with dignity and order. But it was not some grand battle to construct a vibrant seed for democracy and reform in Hong Kong. That was never on the minds ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - ELECTORAL REFORM

    True democracy in Hong Kong is 'impossible', says Basic Law expert

    Posted Dec 01st 2013, 02:45pm by Tony Cheung

    ... it is impossible for democracy in Hong Kong to be completely the same as that of an independent country. Since Hong Kong is not independent, the design of its democratic system must fit its status under ... candidate with the second highest number of ballots if it considers the winner to be unfit. His proposal was driven by a desire to avoid a "divided Hong Kong, just like what has been happening ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Party politics an irreversible step towards democracy in Hong Kong

    Posted Jun 06th 2013, 12:00am

    ... the executive-led model, or just count on the business sector's support as in the past. The impact of Hong Kong's party politics on the mainland is also understandably a major concern. But party politics is an irreversible step towards democracy. A rethink on the political system is needed. ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Real democracy for Hong Kong is in Beijing's best interests

    Posted May 20th 2013, 12:00am by Joseph Cheng

    ... and a cross-straits peace agreement if they see that the pledge of democracy for Hong Kong has not been fulfilled. Granting true democracy to Hong Kong will facilitate political reform on the mainland ... at City University of Hong Kong, is convenor of the Alliance for True Democracy ...




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