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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Beijing shifts from indulgence to hard line on Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 04:17am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Beijing's indulgence shifts to hard line Among foreign diplomats and China specialists, there is a virtual consensus that so long as President Xi Jinping ... of Fortune 500 companies from the US and their counterparts from Europe. He has antagonised many of China's neighbours in the South and East China seas and is challenging US naval dominance ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1597591/beijing-shifts-indulgence-hard-line-hong-kong
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    China's Alibaba is what Western capitalists dream of

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 04:24am by Alex Lo

    ... of number. It corners 80 per cent of China's e-commerce market. It has 231 million active users making 11 billion orders a year. In a country that has 618 million internet users, half of them ... queued to listen to Jack Ma's pitch for the IPO of Alibaba, the mainland e-commerce giant. Many had to wait up to half an hour for the lifts and put up with elaborate security scans ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1588950/chinas-alibaba-what-western-capitalists-dream
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    Canny developers exploiting loophole at the expense of minority owners

    Posted Sep 13th 2014, 04:29am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Developers exploiting property loophole Few people outside its neighbourhood have heard of Leung Faat Noodle Shop. But its fight with a subsidiary of Lai Sun Development should concern us because it involves a basic private property right. It could leave gaping loopholes for developers to exploit at the expense of minority flat owners on old private ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1591220/canny-developers-exploiting-loophole-expense-minority-owners
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    Beijing's problem in Hong Kong is not foreign interference but Western ideas

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 05:22am by Alex Lo

    ... and Washington have essentially thrown in the towel by acknowledging Hong Kong's democratic development is China's internal affair. US National Security Adviser Susan Rice reportedly said ... the Western narratives on the city's democratic development and the country's one-party state. When it comes to such Western values and narratives, they are true believers compared to many ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1594919/beijings-problem-hong-kong-not-foreign-interference-western-ideas
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    Is Hong Kong becoming a protectionist society?

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 05:11am by Alex Lo

    ... considering it ranks 144 economies on such things as infrastructure, education and institutions. But we are left in the dust by Switzerland, which led the index and, horror of horrors, second-placed Singapore. Perhaps our cup is half full, but we should worry because it's also really half empty. Protectionism and regressive practices exist everywhere. We have a labour shortage in many ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1589647/hong-kong-becoming-protectionist-society
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    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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    Coming to terms with our sense of belonging

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 03:11am by Alex Lo

    ... the liberal principle that we can be citizens, both legally and culturally, of any cosmopolitan city or developed economy. There is much to admire in this international outlook. In many world cities, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1593429/coming-terms-our-sense-belonging
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Hong Kong pan-democrats seek to politicise city's schools

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 04:20am by Alex Lo

    ... models. They can show there are still smart and positive ways to fight for wider democracy even if the latest edict from Beijing severely restricts its future development. How about fighting ... law so that more mature political parties and competitive politics can start to develop. There are still ways to fight for a better deal from Beijing. But the pan-dems have chosen rejectionism ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1592621/hong-kong-pan-democrats-seek-politicise-citys-schools
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Bets on the future of beloved Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 03:46am by Alex Lo

    ... ones, angry. You have to bet for or against the future of China as well because the fates of the mainland and our city are inextricably linked- and many people here don't like that. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1587437/bets-future-beloved-hong-kong
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    It's Chris Patten against David Cameron on Hong Kong, not Tung Chee-hwa

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 04:28am by Alex Lo

    ... to be gained fighting China over Hong Kong and prefers to further his country's trade and commercial interests with the country- hence nary a word about the city or China's human rights when ... material influence. With China's economy now four times that of Britain, Beijing and Cameron have both concluded the former empire has little or no leverage at all over the rising power. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1585313/its-chris-patten-against-david-cameron-hong-kong-not-tung

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