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  1. Mainland sends in top officials to evaluate Tung crisis

    Posted Jul 10th 2003, 12:00am by Gary Cheung

    ... administration. Pro-Beijing figures yesterday said middle-ranking officials from agencies such as the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of State Security and intelligence agencies had been arriving in Hong Kong since early this week. It is understood that a departmental head of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office was told ...

  2. Tung's successor should leave well alone

    Posted Mar 09th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... policy. Whoever joins the race for the chief executive position should have the political intelligence to advocate in various ways that they can maintain a good investment environment ...

  3. Letters

    Posted Jul 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... in the region. However, the central government must also send out regular patrol boats and consider deploying troops if that is deemed necessary. Sometimes, with certain disputes, peaceful and rational ... I admire'. That will certainly not be posterity's verdict on Mr Tsang but it pretty much sums up mine. John F. Payne, Central Embrace HK by learning its language I agree with some of what ...

  4. Central government is not doing Hong Kong any special favours

    Posted May 20th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to flatter Beijing or fear being thought disloyal. Maybe out of patriotism they are trying- rather too hard- to make the central government more popular or appreciated among Hong Kong people. A more ... healthier to be honest and tell it like it is. Can anyone imagine the city leaders of London or New York fawning over central government decisions and pretending they are gifts from on high just ...

  5. Central bank vulnerable with no rules to govern top spot

    Posted Nov 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Shirley Yam

    ... with Shirley Yam When Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah insists on not giving a clear term of service to the city's central banker, he is ignoring reality in both the political and financial arena. Surprises and uncertainties are opportunities for speculators. The early leak of the forced retirement of central banker Joseph Yam Chi-kwong and the attack on the peg that followed ...

  6. Wen's concern over mainland mums

    Posted Dec 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... yesterday. Speaking during his four-day briefing in the capital, Tsang said his discussions with Premier Wen Jiabao marked the first time the issue had been raised at central government level. Tsang ... concern of Hong Kong people over the issue. I told him we hoped to enhance co-operation with mainland departments to tackle the middleman agencies.' At the centre of the issue is the right ...

  7. Xi speaks of unity, not his pick for HK

    Posted Mar 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... dealings with tycoons. He said the central government was fully aware of his situation. Tam Yiu-chung, chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) ... DAB lawmaker, said Xi told the delegates that 'harmony is a fortune ... [and] turmoil is a disaster'. According to state news agency Xinhua, Xi also told the deputies to 'more ...

  8. Beijing thought Tung was 'flawed', WikiLeaks reveals

    Posted Sep 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... 2003, according to diplomatic cables released by the WikiLeaks whistle-blowing website. Despite its reservations, the central government 'would continue to be supportive' of Tung ... two years before the expiry of his second term, claiming ill health. The cable quoted an assessment provided by Yu Jiafu, a former head of Xinhua news agency's international affairs ...

  9. Summit of all fears

    Posted Jun 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... The central government has also supported Hong Kong's participation in international agencies, such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) forum, and Cui cited the example of Dr ... to be the number one at an international agency,' Cui said. 'China did not nominate someone else from [the mainland] for such a top position, but instead chose Chan from Hong Kong... The central ...

  10. An opportunity squandered

    Posted Apr 16th 2010, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... of candidate. If the central government's pledge that universal suffrage for Hong Kong was 'beyond any doubt', it should have been possible, at the very minimum, to outline a timetable ... And then there was the routine insult to the people's intelligence by insisting that the government has a mandate for its intransigence in the form of a shabby little consultation exercise. Some will argue ...




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