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  1. Watch this space

    Posted Nov 15th 2008, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... Albert Cheng taipan@albertcheng.hk Public space has been an issue of concern since the beginning of the year, when some civic groups and individuals challenged property developers for privatising public land. Their actions subsequently revealed widespread abuse by developers, a situation known to the government but long covered up. The policy of providing incentives for developers ...

  2. In the public interest

    Posted Feb 25th 2006, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... commitment from developers. Two major bones of contention - the single-developer approach and the proposed giant canopy - have both been discarded. Instead, Chief Secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan ... promise of strong governance. Mr Hui revised the initial West Kowloon proposal soon after he took charge of the project. He swiftly scrapped the single-developer approach, carved out 50 per cent ...

  3. Structural problem

    Posted May 31st 2008, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... their new-found patriotism, whereas the pro-China camp has been suggesting that nationality has nothing to do with political allegiance. The attempts to bend the rules in the Basic Law to oppose the new ... systems' regime will be eroded. While many attacks on the new appointees have been unreasonable, and could have negative implications for Hong Kong's political development, it is nevertheless ...

  4. How the Liberals stopped a constitutional crisis

    Posted Jul 08th 2003, 12:00am by Albert Chen

    ... As one who cares about China's national interest as well as that of Hong Kong, I salute each and every one of the legislators who contributed to forcing the government to defer tomorrow's legislative proceedings on the national security bill. They have done a tremendous service not only to the people of Hong Kong, but also to the people of China as a whole, who have a stake ...

  5. Economist says give poor rights, not infrastructure

    Posted Mar 07th 2006, 12:00am by Jamil Anderlini

    ... Jamil Anderlini in Beijing Beijing's plan to pour billions of dollars into rural infrastructure is not the answer to China's economic problems, a senior official economist said ... socialist countryside' initiative. Mr Wu, chief economist of the State Council Development Research Centre, a high-level government think-tank, regularly advises China's leaders and helped ...

  6. Great leap backwards

    Posted Sep 29th 2009, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... buildings. 'Even Chen Xiwen said the song of a new socialist countryside had gone off-key,' Yao said. China is now reaping what it sowed. At a time of global recession, it has found ... in the countryside and extracting it to support urban and industrial development'. For decades, farm produce was sold to cities at discounted prices and the state spent most of its investment in cities. ...

  7. Voice of reason

    Posted Feb 13th 2010, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... Last week, Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng tried to launch an online dialogue with the young community by signing up to Facebook. Fellow minister, Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, bought a slot with Commercial Radio for the same purpose. Both ministers took the plunge to engage themselves directly with the public, with the intention of trying ...

  8. News - China - POLITICS

    'I'll break your legs if you go into business': former president's career advice to children

    Posted Mar 17th 2014, 01:02pm by DARREN WEE

    ... Darren Wee darren.wee@scmp.com Li Xiannian was clear he wanted his offspring to avoid becoming officials, rich or famous, his daughter tells newspaper Former president Li Xiannian warned his children he would break their legs if they went into business, a ...

  9. News - China - POLITICS

    ‘Make it short!’: reports of verbose official’s dressing down censored

    Posted Mar 14th 2014, 02:15pm by Keira Lu Huang

    ... of the “undesirable work styles” the government has vowed to stamp out. The comments during the meeting on Monday were reported by the China Business Journal and the Hong Kong-based Sing Tao Daily and were ... a tacit understanding that news like this is among the must-delete category.” The New York Times China blog cited an anonymous Beijing-based web editor who said the reason the stories had been ...

  10. Chen must not ignore need for dialogue

    Posted Apr 17th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for investment in China. These gestures have mutual benefits. Closer economic ties will enable Taiwanese companies to help upgrade the mainland's infrastructure while also giving a boost ... opposition leader Lien Chan. There was no change to Beijing's conditions for talks with the island's pro-independence president, Chen Shui-bian. Mr Chen refuses to accept the so-called 1992 ...




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