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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

    'Thrash out the issues in subcommittees'

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 04:38am by JEFFIE LAM

    ... already been debated in the two subcommittees," Ng told the South China Morning Post on Monday. Repeating the debates was "very unfair to the Finance Committee" and sending ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1562130/thrash-out-issues-subcommittees
  8. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Robert Chow Yung: There is another voice in Hong Kong

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 05:56am by NG KANG-CHUNG

    ... Central protests. "You may say I'm pro-China. I'm proud of being Chinese [but] I have no links with China. I was born and bred in Hong Kong," says Chow, who denies having ... proposal to implement universal suffrage for the 2017 chief executive election. Earlier this month, Chow also teamed up with leading business groups and pro-China politicians to form the Alliance ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1560652/robert-chow-yung-there-another-voice-hong-kong
  9. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Concern group calls on Hong Kong to oppose candidate screening in 2017 election

    Posted Jul 26th 2014, 04:09am by JEFFIE LAM, Gary Cheung and Ada Lee

    ... concern group includes three Democratic Party members as well as Centaline Property Agency boss Shih Wing-ching and Andy Ho On-tat, who was information coordinator for former chief executive ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1559289/concern-group-calls-hong-kong-oppose-candidate-screening-2017
  10. 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

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