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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Beijing's revised smoking bill sets a poor example

    Posted Sep 29th 2014, 03:11am by SCMP Editorial

    ... the enormous profits generated by a state tobacco monopoly on the mainland and the potential for official corruption. We trust these are not factors behind the decision by the Beijing municipal ... Health Organisation is not convinced. "It would be a great shame- and a tremendous waste of life- if Beijing's leaders let special interests derail progress towards passage of a law ...

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    Whatever Beijing does, 'one country, two systems' must be preserved

    Posted Sep 24th 2014, 05:18am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial 'Two systems' the key concept At two critical junctures for Hong Kong since the handover, Beijing has invited delegations of the city's elite to receptions ... Chee-hwa. This time the city was represented not just by tycoons- the elite of the elite- but also by Beijing supporters in the commercial, industrial and professional sectors. It was a more ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Beijing's crackdown on English teachers vital to protect pupils

    Posted Sep 24th 2014, 05:18am by SCMP Editorial

    ... all-comers from overseas, some with genuine teaching experience, the vast majority unqualified to front a classroom. Authorities in Beijing are rightly putting in place rules that, if enforced, will regulate an industry that lacks standards and safeguards. Child sex scandals in Beijing and Nanjing last year prompted the changes. A lack of background checks meant that two foreigners, one ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Beijing's new advertising law offers consumer protection

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 03:40am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Advertising law will stop abuses Nothing sells like celebrity. This is apparently what some advertisers believe. Celebrity branding has indeed become so prevalent that hardly a day goes by without actors, singers and athletes promoting just ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    China must strike deal with West so criminals have no place to hide

    Posted Oct 01st 2014, 05:07am by SCMP Editorial

    ... to investigate suspects and fugitives. Officials have enlisted Interpol to help find them, and sought the cooperation of Western governments through Beijing-based diplomats. Beijing says 88 fugitives ... is understandable, given pressure from human-rights groups that claim the CCDI is guilty of abuses. But so is Beijing's frustration, especially over the ease with which dishonest officials obtain US ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Xi Jinping's call for party unity is crucial to implementing reform

    Posted Oct 02nd 2014, 04:29am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Unity crucial to realising reform President Xi Jinping's speech at the National Day reception in Beijing set the scene for a significant milestone in his leadership of the Communist Party. This will be the fourth plenary session of the central committee of the 18th party congress, to be held against the background of intense debate over an unprecedented campaign ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Time for pan-democrats to take leadership of protests

    Posted Oct 01st 2014, 05:07am by SCMP Editorial

    ... of protest there is no issue: Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's resignation is sought, as is a rethink of Beijing's decision on the way the chief executive is elected in 2017. The central ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Beijing must address the lack of civil air space

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 04:39am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Rethink needed on civil air space Military drills lasting nearly a month in some of China's busiest air space take a lot of organisation, including tight security. Unfortunately, such secrecy can also leave travellers in the dark about ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    China and India moving closer

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 04:17am by SCMP Editorial

    ... Foreign Minister Wang Yi raised hopes ahead of last week's visit to India by President Xi Jinping by saying Beijing was ready for a final settlement of border disputes and willing to boost ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Beijing should resist pressure to turn on the fiscal tap

    Posted Jul 20th 2014, 04:13am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Don't turn on the fiscal tap The mainland economy's second-quarter performance restored growth to the policy target of 7.5 per cent, from an 18-month low of 7.4 per cent the previous quarter. This confounded market expectations an ...




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