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  1. Harbour committee weighs up three tunnel options for easing congestion

    Posted May 07th 2004, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... of the Harbourfront Enhancement Advisory Committee were told yesterday. The idea was one of three options presented by the government to the committee as it held its first meeting. The government committee was announced on March 9 after the High Court gave the green light to the Central Reclamation project. The 29-member body will advise the government on planning land use, design and development issues ...

  2. Committee needs real teeth to protect harbour

    Posted May 03rd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The committee should be given the task of seeing that this does not happen, and its ability to shape government plans should be real. The government defends its existing blueprints for the Central ... are seeking out harbour views, fresh air and respite from the concrete towers of the main business and shopping districts. Yesterday, thousands spent their afternoon demonstrating against the Central ...

  3. Factors to be considered, as quoted in Tung Chee-hwa's report to the NPC Standing Committee yesterday

    Posted Apr 16th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... 1 The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, in examining the direction and pace of its constitutional development, must pay heed to the views of the central authorities 2 Any proposed ... 3 No proposed amendments shall affect the substantive power of appointment of the chief executive by the central authorities 4 Any proposed amendments must aim at consolidating the executive-led system ...

  4. Call to open up Election Committee

    Posted Feb 02nd 2004, 12:00am by Gary Cheung

    ... Gary Cheung Former solicitor-general says change is vital to prevent unrest A former top government lawyer has suggested widening the electoral base of the Election Committee which selects the third chief executive if universal suffrage is not introduced in 2007. Former solicitor-general Daniel Fung Wah-kin SC said expanding the electorate of the committee to include rank-and-file ...

  5. Standing Committee lacks local knowledge

    Posted Apr 06th 2004, 12:00am by Gary Cheung

    ... Gary Cheung in Beijing Only half a dozen of the 176 members of the national legislature's Standing Committee which is interpreting Basic Law provisions on Hong Kong's political reform have first-hand knowledge of the city. The former director of the central government's liaison office, Jiang Enzhu, and Ji Peiding, formerly commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign ...

  6. Court trials to replace detention committees

    Posted Aug 26th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... For several years, I have been engaged in a dialogue with officials of the central government regarding detainees and their treatment. Late last year, I began receiving reports from ... have told me that legislation replacing re-education through labour (RTL) committees with minor offences or misdemeanour courts will be considered by the Standing Committee of the National ...

  7. Lay off central authorities, law drafter tells protesters

    Posted Apr 13th 2004, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung

    ... said 20,000 people marched from Central to Western district on Sunday to protest over the National People's Congress Standing Committee's interpretation of the Basic Law, which gives ... don't respect the central authorities.' Standing Committee deputy secretary-general Qiao Xiaoyang and his team visited Hong Kong last week to address fears triggered by the ruling. Mr Xu ...

  8. Auditors want to report to NPC, not to leaders

    Posted Jul 22nd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Committee. If adopted, the recommendation would put the office on the same official level as the State Council and the Supreme People's Procuratorate. According to Chinese News Week, Deputy Auditor-General Xiang Junbo said the audit system needed to be changed from an administrative process to a legal one. 'An audit committee should be set up, in parallel with the State Council, ...

  9. Measures to cool economy working, says central bank

    Posted Jun 19th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chan Siu-sin China's central bank yesterday said recent macroeconomic measures to cool down the economy were taking effect. In a statement issued following the second-quarter meeting of its monetary policy committee, the People's Bank of China said it would continue to carry out reforms to make interest rates more market-oriented and keep the yuan currency rate ...

  10. Central bank extols virtue of patience

    Posted Jun 18th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... might rise if inflation reached 5 per cent this month. In an article in Shanghai Securities News yesterday, Li Yang, a member of the central bank's monetary policy committee, said Beijing ... Allen T. Cheng in Beijing Comments dampen expectations of an interest-rate rise or yuan adjustment The central bank is confident efforts to rein in the economy will succeed ...




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