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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Do we need a BRICS development bank?

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 04:45am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Development banks aplenty in the world Does the world need another development bank? Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have signed an agreement ... nations have created a US$100 billion contingency reserve arrangement, which will be co-managed by their central banks. But we already have the China Development Bank (CDB), which has been active ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1555464/do-we-need-brics-development-bank
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    China is far from securing its world role

    Posted Jul 19th 2014, 04:04am by Alex Lo

    ... civilisation state" with the soft power of values, culture and institutions compared to less developed but conquering neighbours and tribes. Xi has yet to amass the soft or hard power to get China ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com China far from securing its world role State sovereignty was the great invention of the 17th and 18th centuries; collective security that of the 19th century. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1556512/china-far-securing-its-world-role
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    Why bother inspecting a Hong Kong investment flat?

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 05:25am by Alex Lo

    ... in it. In the same way that stock punters buy company shares without researching too much, many flat buyers now queuing to get their hands on Cheung Kong's Mont Vert development don't mind not seeing the inside. The development in Tai Po offers some of the city's cheapest- and smallest- new flats. Measuring under 200 sq ft and sold for under HK$2 million, the studio ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1557023/why-bother-inspecting-hong-kong-investment-flat
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    Have MTR's Jay Walder and Chew Tai-chong been thrown to the wolves?

    Posted Jul 18th 2014, 03:40am by Alex Lo

    ... about the two-year delay to 2017? Walder had been the MTR's chief executive for over two years. Construction on the project started in 2010 as one of 10 mega-infrastructure projects started ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1555649/have-mtrs-jay-walder-and-chew-tai-chong-been-thrown-wolves
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    How Hong Kong's propertied class found favour with the government

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 04:31am by Alex Lo

    ... pan-democrat and the property tycoons' man in Legco have both come down hard on the government for selling land to private developers or converting it to other uses. It was originally earmarked ... plots of land originally reserved for public housing were returned to the government between 2001 and 2013 and eventually sold to developers or converted to other uses. The government justified ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1551472/how-hong-kongs-propertied-class-found-favour-government
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Hong Kong's Leung Chun-ying should forgo desire for a second chief executive term

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:33am by Alex Lo

    ... such as new town developments in the New Territories, funding for waste management facilities and the double property stamp duty. There is now a backlog of over 40 items before the Legislative ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1550618/hong-kongs-leung-chun-ying-should-forgo-desire-second-chief
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    Hong Kong's Cardinal Zen and the art of anti-communism

    Posted Jul 05th 2014, 04:01am by Alex Lo

    ... anti-communism, including his fight for democracy in Hong Kong and his fervent wish to see China's government collapse. The new pope has worked to improve relations with Beijing. Now there is talk ... head about the boss being taken advantage of? Zen said the faithful in China were persecuted and Beijing continued to appoint its own illegitimate bishops. All true. But could ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1546976/hong-kongs-cardinal-zen-and-art-anti-communism
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Hong Kong is strong enough to survive Occupy Central

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 05:11am by Alex Lo

    ... mega-infrastructure projects and an arts hub just doesn't cut it. Because cities have amazing vitality; they are hard to kill even by the most inept urban planners, and we have had plenty of those ... by international investors and China's leaders. Really, mini-riots outside the legislature and a jam in Central led by some two-bit academics are not going to ruin us. Any great city goes through ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1540490/hong-kong-strong-enough-survive-occupy-central
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    China, United States go to extremes over farce

    Posted Jun 27th 2014, 03:13am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com China, US go to extremes over farce The central government's propaganda machine has a habit of dismissing things it doesn't like as "farce". ... the street outside the Soviet embassy in Beijing "Anti-Revisionism Road", the ideological tag used against communist Russia after the Sino-Soviet split. Even so, China is now incensed. Hey, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1541181/china-united-states-go-extremes-over-farce
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Why New Territories new-towns plan makes a lot of sense

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 04:03am by Alex Lo

    ... will take up 54 hectares. The whole proposed development project covers 333 hectares, of which existing village land, open space, zones for community and social services, commercial land, amenity ... like to point to several issues. First is collusion with big developers. In fact, the original plan was for the government to resume all their land. This was stopped after they threatened ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1543184/why-new-territories-new-towns-plan-makes-lot-sense

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