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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Hong Kong economist offers sobering thoughts on corruption in China

    Posted May 26th 2014, 03:43am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Sobering thoughts on China corruption Is corruption in China out of control? Many people would say yes. Some would say no. A few, including myself, would say I don't know. Corruption in China has always been a prime news item but especially so now that the anti-corruption campaign by President Xi Jinping has gone into overdrive. In his personal blog, ...

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    Hong Kong's Cardinal Zen and the art of anti-communism

    Posted Jul 05th 2014, 04:01am by Alex Lo

    ... not? Well, it's Zen's all-embracing anti-communism again. But nary a word from Zen against the Vatican's dirty internal politics and corruption or its tolerance of thousands ...

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    China is not displaying contradictory impulses over its major policies

    Posted Jun 19th 2014, 03:48am by Alex Lo

    ... on official corruption, Xi shows consistency rather than contradictory impulses. It's a deliberate move from a defensive posture to an overtly aggressive stance. That's pretty obvious when Beijing takes on Japan, the US, Vietnam and the Philippines. At the same time, Xi thinks nothing of cracking down on tens of thousands of "corrupt" cadres. In his China dream, he ...

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    The Hong Kong pan-dems and the United States neo-cons

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 03:00am by Alex Lo

    ... and suffering. Both would be war criminals if they weren't protected by Uncle Sam. Wolfowitz later made a mess as World Bank president where he was too busy fighting corruption in developing ...

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    Toronto's focus is on Keystone XL oil pipeline, not Mayor Rob Ford

    Posted Apr 22nd 2014, 02:23am by Alex Lo

    ... to wonder why the greenies are making such a fuss over XL. They say approval will cause runaway global warming from uncontrolled carbon emissions and turn democratic Canada into another corrupt ... and developing economies with weak or non-existent institutions and government are ill-equipped to handle the riches, often resulting in corruption, social tensions and even civil war. Canada has nothing ...

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    Time for troubled Mega Events Fund to be put out of its misery

    Posted May 15th 2014, 03:55am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Time to end this fund's mega-debacle Tourism officials who help oversee the troubled Mega Events Fund must think we are pretty stupid. It transpires that the Independent Commission Against Corruption had told the fund to disband and return unused money as early as 2010. Yet the fund's secretariat suppressed the information and went to the legislature ...

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    Jailing of Xu Zhiyong a disgrace

    Posted Jan 28th 2014, 04:12am by Alex Lo

    ... the call to uphold the rule of law. Xi has made it one of his policy priorities to crack down on corruption and impose austerity on party cadres. Yet Xu has been jailed for four years, ostensibly ... campaigned to compel officials to disclose their assets. Doesn't the movement's aim coincide with Xi's anti-corruption drive, which has extended far and wide, having had almost 37,000 ...

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    Jackie Chan: a buffoon with a point?

    Posted Jan 15th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com MY TAKE Jackie Chan: a buffoon with a point? Is America "the most corrupt" country in the world? This statement in the affirmative by action star Jackie ... corrupt", but if he had said "a most corrupt country", then that becomes eminently debatable. Here is what Simon Johnson, an MIT professor and ex-IMF chief economist, wrote: "The fact ...

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    US offers Anson Chan and Martin Lee a poor example of democracy

    Posted Apr 05th 2014, 04:48am by Alex Lo

    ... in the corruption of free speech and the promotion of inequality by the rule of law. It's unclear what the two pan-democratic elders hoped to accomplish with the US visit. Perhaps the lawyer ...

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    Urbanisation will drive democracy

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 04:09am by Alex Lo

    ... with China's Development Research Centre, says local governments must be allowed to raise taxes and fees, so they can reduce their dependence on land sales for revenue, a major cause of corruption ...




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