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  1. The power of public opinion

    Posted Apr 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Kong's reunification with China both before and after 1997. Yet, not having been appointed to any significant public body since the reunification, establishment elites have tended to look upon ... of his plan to resign from the Executive Council probably compelled Tang to bring forward his campaign timetable, thus depriving Tang sooner of the protection and resources he was enjoying ...

  2. Nominations reveal 'distinct' power blocs

    Posted Feb 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the Heung Yee Kuk, the powerful rural affairs body, where Leung received none. However, the kuk's chief, Lau Wong-fat, said on Tuesday that 'nominations and voting are two separate matters', and that its members had not yet decided how they would vote next month. In total, valid nominations for Tang and Leung were 378 versus 292. An analysis by the South China Morning Post ...

  3. A city with some sway, if not hard power

    Posted Sep 05th 2010, 12:00am by Regina Ip

    ... evidence, procuring the appearance of witnesses and so forth. Hong Kong, as a special administrative region of China, naturally does not have any hard power on its own. But if power is defined ... government, which means the key actors in dealing with matters pertaining to Hong Kong as part of China's foreign affairs must be diplomats of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. ...

  4. Judge grants New World pair review of Legco powers

    Posted Jul 15th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... leave for a judicial review of its powers to summons witnesses and demand documents. The review was sought by the chairman and an executive director of property developer New World China Land, ... the powers to call witnesses and compel the production of documents can be exercised by a select committee or only by the Legislative Council as a whole. Select committees have used these powers ...

  5. A spent power or a modern-day force?

    Posted Nov 26th 2007, 12:00am by Chris Yeung

    ... the resources are for district councillors, the mere fact that they are there in an official capacity puts elected members in a far better position to maintain their presence and networks. ...

  6. Power play

    Posted Apr 05th 2004, 12:00am by Chris Yeung

    ... power in 1949. Among the three principles, it is hardly coincidental that the national leaders have attached priority to the use of power by the party and government. After all, in China ... have inspired hopes among Chinese people about the political modernisation of the country. The notion that 'power must be used for the sake of the people, [cadres'] sentiments must ...

  7. The power of persuasion

    Posted Apr 07th 2004, 12:00am by Ma Lik

    ... Ma Lik Fact: the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress is the highest legislative organ in our country. Fact: the power of interpretation lies with this body. The Standing Committee's power to interpret our Basic Law is a legal one. That is the reality. The discretionary power- that is, whether the national legislature will exercise its legal power ...


    Posted Jun 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... of society. Because the city lacks a unique role in the economic development of the Pearl River Delta, Hong Kong's function as a bridge between China and the world will gradually fade away with the rise of Shanghai, Beijing and other major cities in China. Under rapid economic change and globalisation, the next generation must be equipped with the knowledge and skills to face change ...

  9. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, South China Morning Post, August 17, 2012

    Posted Aug 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... for implementing the national education subject in our schools. I think it is a reason for not having this course introduced. Hong Kong is part of China, but has separate rights when it comes ... a nation, you study its history, culture and language and as regards China that is already done in the current curriculum through Chinese history, Putonghua and liberal studies. As we have ...

  10. Chief executive-elect is definitely in tune with China's new national agenda

    Posted Apr 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... is happening in China as a whole is far more important than worrying whether Leung might undermine our rights under 'one country, two systems'. Leung is taking office at an important time in China's evolution, which includes Hong Kong, Macau and, yes, Taiwan. We should be relieved that we have him, rather than his election rival, charting Hong Kong's passage through the next five ...




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