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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Citic Group's plan opens door to greater economic reforms

    Posted Apr 06th 2014, 03:55am by SCMP Editorial

    ... The Citic plan will not be without hiccups. State-owned enterprises are barred from selling below their book value. Yet Citic Group's crown jewel, a 61.9 per cent stake in Hong Kong-listed China Citic Bank, is trading at 0.7 times book value. The stake accounted for 62 per cent of the book value of the assets to be injected. The total assets have been estimated to be worth 225 ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Switching Apec meeting to Beijing is a blow for Hong Kong

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 04:06am by SCMP Editorial

    ... organisers said this would cause logistical problems such as with hotel bookings, a claim disputed by a hotel industry leader. A common reaction is that the switch may undermine Hong Kong's ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Time for enforcers to get tougher with drivers who let engines idle

    Posted Jan 27th 2014, 03:21am by SCMP Editorial

    ... That the idling engine law itself is still idling on the statute book is regrettable. A recent visit by the South China Morning Post to Beach Road in Repulse Bay confirmed just how slack enforcement was. ... book. Slack enforcement does not do justice to those who spent more than 14 years getting the ban in force. It is time for enforcers to act tough rather than leave the law idling. ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Making peace with China's censorship

    Posted Oct 29th 2013, 12:18am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Making peace with censorship Like the rest of the economy, China's book market has experienced phenomenal expansion. With a highly literate population, there is an insatiable hunger for foreign authors. The problem is that while local writers have long been accustomed to state censorship, it is something new and highly unpleasant for many foreign ones. ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    China's left-behind kids cloud the country's dream

    Posted Mar 24th 2013, 12:00am by STASFF

    ... rural poor in the countryside, many young children have no internet service, extra-curricular books and basic child-support services. Many have to trek for hours every day to attend poorly equipped schools with classes of up to 70 pupils. That's according to a new study, released as part of the 2013 Blue Book of Education. More than 80 per cent of the rural students left behind ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Ang Lee's Oscar shows Asian cinema has come of age

    Posted Feb 27th 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... was not a complete surprise, either. With Lee, Asian cinema has come of age. Based on the best-selling book of the same name, the movie exploited the most advanced visual technology to recreate a fantastic ... and his tiger look suspended in horizonless infinities, a haunting visualisation of the book's deep spiritual message. Here is that rare work that uses technology to carry a message, rather ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Right of abode settled, for now

    Posted Mar 26th 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... the trend, such as intercepting expectant mothers arriving to give birth and refusing hospital bookings for them, appears to be working. Instead of another interpretation to keep them out, the way ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Obama needs to find consensus in second term

    Posted Feb 14th 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... middle class. None of this augurs well for bipartisan problem-solving. This is necessary if Obama is to make real progress in balancing the books. That would seal his legacy of having guided ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    City needs a statutory tourism authority more than ever

    Posted Feb 17th 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... of mainland companies in marketing and booking. But since they must rely on local partners, officials on both sides of the border should co-operate to tighten licensing rules and close loopholes. ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong should revamp muddled fiscal structure

    Posted Feb 14th 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... The huge budget surpluses that Hong Kong regularly clocks up are a wonder to governments elsewhere. While they struggle to balance their books, our coffers are positively bulging, and increasingly so each year. Such abundance is a welcome cushion for an economy so exposed to outside market forces. But the way it is generated, the manner in which it is managed and how it is dispersed ...




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