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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - ELECTORAL REFORM

    Basic values, rather than Basic Law, can make Hong Kong great again

    Posted Dec 02nd 2013, 01:15pm by SIMON HAINES

    ... According to Confucius, its values, the virtues of its citizens, are more important to a state than its laws. Hong Kong, is not just a "world city"; according to the Basic Law, it has ... it a great city. This goes to basic values, not the Basic Law. So what are those basic values, the civic virtues underlying this city's success? Thrift- not meanness or greed. Industry- ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - ELECTORAL REFORM

    Screening out popular candidates does not accord with Basic Law intent

    Posted Dec 13th 2013, 02:41pm by DENNIS KWOK

    ... Dennis Kwok Dennis Kwok looks back at how Basic Law drafters arrived at the wording of Article 45 and says their intent was never to bar candidates with public support from the chief executive election By popular demand Last month, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor invited Li Fei, the Basic Law Committee chairman, to visit Hong Kong, ostensibly to improve our legal ...

  3. 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

    ... Tony Cheung tony.cheung@scmp.com Beijing's power to appoint leader cannot be ignored and must be clarified, says Albert Chen Ideal democracy 'impossible', says Basic Law ... a prominent Basic Law expert said yesterday. Albert Chen Hung-yee, a member of the Basic Law Committee, was defending his proposal to allow the central government to appoint the 2017 chief executive ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - ELECTORAL REFORM

    Let Beijing reject winner of 2017 election, says Basic Law expert

    Posted Nov 30th 2013, 04:21am by Fanny W. Y. Fung and Tanna Chong

    ... Fanny W. Y. Fung and Tanna Chong Plan pitched to allow central government to pick runner-up over winner as city’s leader Let Beijing reject 2017 victor: Basic Law expert A prominent Basic ... a member of the Basic Law Committee, said the number of candidates should be limited to five. Chen stressed he was making the suggestions in a personal capacity, and that he had not consulted any ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Civil nomination proposal violates Basic Law, says Zhang Xiaoming

    Posted Sep 13th 2013, 12:00am by Tanna Chong

    ... Tanna Chong tanna.chong@scmp.com Zhang Xiaoming tells Civic Party director that proposal would violate Basic Law Liaison office head rejects civil nomination The head of the central government's liaison office shot down a proposal to let all voters nominate chief executive candidates, saying it's against the Basic Law. In a rare and high-profile gesture, the liaison office ...

  6. Lifestyle - Family & Education - ROOKIE MUM

    Rookie mum: why do other mothers seem superior?

    Posted Sep 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Angharad Law

    ... Angharad Hampshire life@scmp.com Pay no heed to the mothers superior Ever since I became a mum for the first time about two years ago, I have been astounded at how well other women with children manage their lives. My respect for parents, and mums, in par ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Beijing-backed law don: Let voters recommend candidates for chief executive

    Posted Sep 17th 2013, 12:00am by Stuart Lau

    ... Stuart Lau stuart.lau@scmp.com Member of state-appointed Basic Law Committee differs from liaison office chief's claim that people's poll may breach rules Law don sees lots of room for civil nomination A Beijing-appointed legal scholar on the Basic Law has spoken up in favour of letting voters recommend possible candidates for the 2017 chief executive race, saying ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    'Collective nomination' does not accord with Basic Law

    Posted Dec 23rd 2013, 04:00am by Mike Rowse

    ... Mike Rowse Mike Rowse says entry into chief executive race is restrictive enough 'Collective nomination' will be a breach of Basic Law I have some bad news for fans ... of the Basic Law. I will explain why in a moment, but I want to deal first with the hint that perhaps a way needs to be found to keep the number of chief executive candidates in the range of two ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - POLITICAL REFORM

    Public nomination for 2017 CE election ‘against Basic Law’, says Elsie Leung

    Posted Dec 11th 2013, 12:34pm

    ... Tony Cheung Allowing the public to nominate candidates for the 2017 chief executive election is against the Basic Law, and the idea is not worth discussing, Basic Law Committee ... candidates for the top job went too far from the Basic Law, the city’s mini-constitution. “You can discuss anything. But if something doesn’t fit the legal framework, and certainly wouldn’t ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Pan-democrats hint at softer stance on 2017 to square with Basic Law

    Posted Dec 12th 2013, 05:54am by Tony Cheung, JEFFIE LAM

    ... in the Basic Law a "nominal" final say. If accepted, the idea could allow the Alliance for True Democracy to square its demand for public nomination with the government's insistence that proposals not in line with the Basic Law would be disregarded in its five-month public consultation. At a forum hosted by think tank Wisdom Hong Kong, alliance convenor Professor Joseph Cheng ...




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