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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    French book tells only part of the story

    Posted Jan 24th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... discussed. There is an extremely vibrant intellectual debate on the mainland about its future and its role in the world. The de Tocqueville discussion is simply part of that. As Martin Jacques, author of the best-selling When China Rules the World, puts it: "This belies the widely-held view in the West that because China is not a Western-style democracy, serious argument and debate ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1134695/french-book-tells-only-part-story
  2. News - World - IRAN

    Iranian presidential debate becomes farce

    Posted Jun 02nd 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Dubai Three of eight candidates for June vote fight with moderator over format, questions Iran's presidential debate becomes televised farce Iran's first debate among ... insulted." Rohani, the most prominent moderate candidate in an election dominated by hardliners, said: "People will see this style of debate as insulting." Nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili; ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1251490/iranian-presidential-debate-becomes-farce
  3. News - Hong Kong - UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE

    Debate heats up over giving district councillors seats on 2017 nominating panel

    Posted Dec 30th 2013, 10:25am by Tanna Chong

    ... Tanna Chong tanna.chong@scmp.com District councillors are the latest focus of the electoral reform debate as argument mounts over whether they should be granted the right to nominate chief executive candidates. Legal heavyweights from both Beijing-loyalist and pan-democratic camps have proposed including the city’s 412 elected district councillors in the nominating committee for 2017 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1392998/debate-heats-over-giving-district-councillors-seats-2017-nominating
  4. News - Hong Kong - PROFILE

    2017 debate widens rift between Ronny Tong Ka-wah and Civic Party

    Posted Dec 30th 2013, 04:58am by JEFFIE LAM

    ... debate. This year is no different, especially after the relatively moderate lawmaker put forward a compromise reform proposal which would not allow the public to nominate chief executive hopefuls ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1392666/2017-debate-widens-rift-between-ronny-tong-ka-wah-and-civic-party
  5. News - China Insider - DISSENT

    Prominent scholar He Weifang says 'goodbye' to online debate

    Posted Dec 31st 2013, 06:43pm by Patrick Boehler and Laura Zhou

    ... Patrick Boehler and Laura Zhou He Weifang, one of the mainland’s best known "public intellectuals", said farewell to his Sina Weibo account on Tuesday, reducing further the number of prominent political thinkers debating on Chinese social media. “In the past year, I’ve seen one familiar blogger after the other disappear, it could not avoid feeling disappointed,” he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1394040/prominent-scholar-he-weifang-says-goodbye-online-debate
  6. Property - Hong Kong & China - PROPERTY

    Interest rate rise fuels Hong Kong property market correction debate

    Posted Dec 30th 2013, 01:03am by SANDY

    ... Sandy Li sandy.li@scmp.com Some say HK home prices may drop up to 15pc next year but others see stable market until 2017 Rate rise fuels correction debate The debate over whether a potential interest rate rise next year and a growing supply of flats will put an end to 10 years of increases in home prices in Hong Kong is intensifying, with much attention focused ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1392751/interest-rate-rise-fuels-hong-kong-property-market
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - POLITICAL REFORM

    Political reform consultation fails the test of open debate

    Posted Dec 31st 2013, 10:40am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching Frank Ching says a close reading of the political reform consultation document gives the lie to officials' promise of open-mindedness Inside job The public consultation on political reform is in some ways reminiscent of an exercise launch ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1393722/political-reform-consultation-fails-test-open-debate
  8. News - World - SPYING

    Judges' differing rulings on NSA spy programme fuel debate

    Posted Dec 29th 2013, 05:21am by NYT

    ... rift highlights NSA debate A federal judge ruling that a US National Security Agency programme that collects enormous troves of phone records is legal has brought to focus an extraordinary debate among US courts and a presidential review group about how to balance security and privacy in the era of big data. In just 11 days, two judges and the presidential panel reached ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1392076/judges-differing-rulings-nsa-spy-programme-fuel-debate
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    All options must be kept on table in land and housing debate

    Posted Dec 23rd 2013, 04:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial All options open in land debate Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has less than a month until his second policy address when, hopefully, he will throw more light on how ... places, including Singapore, have reconciled reclamation with ecological concerns. The question is whether, ultimately, we will be left with any alternative to seriously debating both options, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1388582/all-options-must-be-kept-table-land-and-housing-debate
  10. News - Hong Kong - POLITICAL REFORM

    Debate over how to expand electorate of nominating committee for 2017 election

    Posted Dec 19th 2013, 11:26am by Tanna Chong

    ... Tanna Chong tanna.chong@scmp.com All agree that the electoral base for the body that will pick candidates for chief executive must grow, but the question of how remains Who should nominate the nominators? While deadlock remains over whether the public sho ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1385765/debate-over-how-expand-electorate-nominating-committee-2017-election

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