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  1. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Occupy Central a danger to the Hong Kong property market, Barclays Bank warns

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 11:52pm by Joyce Ng, Jeanny Yu and Ray Chan

    ... Occupy 'a danger to property market' "Unexpected shocks" like the planned Occupy Central protest could trigger a property market slump, leading international bank Barclays warned yesterday. And it would take Hong Kong longer to recover than after the crashes of 2003 and 2008, it said. Barclays said prices had deviated too much from fundamentals, making the property ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1549994/occupy-central-danger-property-market-warns-barclays-bank
  2. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Stamp duty relief for corporate property buyers set to be voted down

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 04:29am by JEFFIE LAM

    ... Jeffie Lam jeffie.lam@scmp.com People Power does U-turn again on help for corporate property buyers Stamp duty change set to be blocked An amendment to stamp duty legislation to give ... to object to the proposal from pan-democrat Kenneth Leung. The amendment, to legislation to impose a doubling of stamp duty on most property purchases, will be put to a vote in the Legislative ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1554350/stamp-duty-relief-corporate-property-buyers-set-be-voted-down
  3. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Unpaid property taxes piling up in law firms a risk as Legco delays stamp duty bill, John Tsang claims

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:43am by Patsy Moy, Emily Tsang

    ... Patsy Moy and Emily Tsang Finance chief says property levies piling up at law firms while lawmakers are filibustering Tsang frets over delay to stamp duty bill's passage Law firms risk having to keep an increasing amount in property taxes paid by clients because of a delay in passing legislation to enact a doubling of stamp duty, the financial chief claims. The extra ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1548273/unpaid-property-taxes-piling-law-firms-risk-legco-delays-stamp-duty
  4. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Law to affirm double stamp duty passed, 17 months after levy came in

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 04:15am by PHILE SIU, Ada Lee

    ... Phila Siu and Ada Lee The extra tax, which has been levied on almost all property purchases since early last year, voted into law before Legco’s summer break Doubling of stamp duty at last passed Legislation doubling the stamp duty on most property purchases was finally passed by lawmakers last night, just before the Legislative Council enters its three-month summer recess. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1555049/law-affirm-double-stamp-duty-passed-17-months-after-levy-came
  5. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Parties' Legco voting records show a blurring of political lines, Post finds

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 03:58am by Stuart Lau

    ... Business-unfriendly policies such as doubling the property stamp duty have pushed the Liberal Party- a traditional ally of the government- closer to its most vocal critics, the pan-democrats. This is indicated by a South China Morning Post study of Legislative Council voting records over the past year. The study shows the Liberal Party voted in favour of motions tabled by pan-democrats 40 per ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1557132/parties-legco-voting-records-show-blurring-political-lines-post-finds
  6. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    UK will mobilise global community if China breaches ‘one country, two systems’: Nick Clegg

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 01:42pm by Tony Cheung and Joyce Ng

    ... avenue available" if China breaches the agreement vowing "one country, two systems" for Hong Kong. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was quoted as telling ex-chief Secretary Anson ... Parliament The meeting drew a strong rebuke from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, with China issuing a complaint to Britain. "The Chinese side urges the British side to truly respect ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1555347/uk-will-mobilise-global-community-if-china-breaches-one-country-two
  7. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    China's ambassador to UK hits out at public nomination for 2017 election

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:30am by Phila Siu

    ... Phila Siu phila.siu@scmp.com Envoy hits out at call for public nomination China's ambassador to Britain has joined the chorus of criticism against having public nomination in the city's chief executive election in 2017, saying that the British prime minister and US president are not selected that way. "I have worked for many years in Britain and the US. To my ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1550716/chinas-ambassador-uk-hits-out-public-nomination-2017-election
  8. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Still keen on 'one man, one vote'? New poll will check out Hongkongers' latest reform views

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 03:58am by Gary Cheung

    ... as Centaline Property Agency boss Shih Wing-ching and Andy Ho On-tat, who used to be information coordinator for former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen. Respondents will be asked questions ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1557045/still-keen-one-man-one-vote-new-poll-will-check-out-hongkongers
  9. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Occupy Central 'may hurt Beijing's confidence in Hong Kong as financial centre'

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 06:21am by NG KANG-CHUNG

    ... which] the operations of the financial sector are affected, the risks will be much higher," said Yam, who is also an adviser to the People's Bank of China. "I hope the [protests ... to be secure". Yam also said the Hong Kong dollar's peg to its US counterpart should not be considered untouchable as conditions now were very different to 1983, when it was created. "China ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1556936/occupy-central-may-hurt-beijings-confidence-hong-kong-financial
  10. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Newspaper vendors offered cash to display and hand out anti-Occupy posters

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 03:58am by SAMUEL CHAN, JEFFIE LAM

    ... Causeway Bay vendor did not welcome the offer. "I would never betray my conscience for a few dollars more," said the newsstand owner, who did not wish to be identified. The South China ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1557050/newspaper-vendors-offered-cash-display-and-hand-out-anti-occupy

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