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  1. Limits on Hong Kong democracy?

    Posted Mar 02nd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... 'election committee' of which they are part is all the democracy that Hong Kong will get. Denied a vote at the ballot box, those who want better for their daughters and sons will vote ... It is becoming manifestly clear that when China signed up for 'one country, two systems', it wanted Hong Kong as it was at the time of the joint declaration: the Hong Kong ...

  2. Beijing rallies friends to sell Hong Kong on delayed democracy

    Posted Apr 28th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chow Chung-yan The central government is rallying networks of people with Hong Kong connections to help convince the public that delaying political reform is good for the city. The plan is a rapid follow-up to the decision to postpone greater democracy in Hong Kong, announced by the National People's Congress Standing Committee on Monday. Starting this week, businesspeople ...

  3. 'Democracy has never been a tradition in Hong Kong'

    Posted Apr 30th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chow Chung-yan The Hong Kong people's call for political change is rooted in discontent with the Tung administration and not driven by a genuine aspiration for democracy, the central government has been told. 'Democracy has never been a tradition in Hong Kong,' a Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference member said yesterday when giving details ...

  4. Will democracy keep Hong Kong's fame intact?

    Posted Apr 16th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Democracy: a dictionary provides a definition in the literal sense. But what does it mean for Hong Kong? Should we have more of it? I have lived in Hong Kong for almost 20 years and call ... press is the most independent, free and outspoken in Asia, if not the world. Hong Kong people can march in the streets to protest issues. We have the ICAC, which ensures we have one ...

  5. Building a democracy that fits Hong Kong

    Posted Feb 05th 2004, 12:00am by Ma Lik

    ... Ma Lik Discussions about reforming Hong Kong's political system have, so far, only involved what local political and academic celebrities think 'democracy' is, or should be. 'Democracy' has existed for ages, from the time of Ancient Greece. Great minds of the past and the present should surely be considered as we debate what will become Hong Kong's own brand ...

  6. Hong Kong's dragon-boat democracy

    Posted Jun 02nd 2004, 12:00am by Edith Terry

    ... Edith Terry Will this be a summer of opportunity or one of discontent? Most seasoned observers of Hong Kong would quickly, if unhappily, predict the latter. The political pendulum ... in Hong Kong's political rebirth, have incendiary potential. The 15th anniversary this week of the massacre in Tiananmen Square could be the start of a downward spiral of confrontation. One ...

  7. Hong Kong needs democracy in order to develop

    Posted Dec 23rd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... troubles stem from a systemic problem, namely the lack of a representative legislature that has power to examine, amend, and restrain the government. It is the lack of democracy in Hong Kong ... or the introduction of a functioning democracy, so that people have confidence in (or at least acceptance of) government decisions. A modern society such as Hong Kong needs democracy in order to develop. ...

  8. Referendum gave clear pointers

    Posted Mar 27th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of Government and Public Administration, Chinese University of Hong Kong ...

  9. Veterans of Article 23 fight line up for Hong Kong island poll battle

    Posted Feb 13th 2004, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... Klaudia Lee Two barristers prominent in the fight against the controversial national security legislation are expected to stand in the Hong Kong island constituency in September's Legislative Council elections. Former Bar Association chairman Alan Leong Kah-kit is expected to head one of two lists of pro-democracy candidates in the constituency, with barrister and independent ...

  10. Referendum law proposed to force the suffrage issue

    Posted Nov 20th 2004, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung, Gary Cheung

    ... a referendum to be conducted if a petition is signed by 5 per cent of Hong Kong's registered voters and authenticated by the Electoral Affairs Commission. The bill has virtually no chance of being ... the details in due course,' Mr Leung said. In the highly unlikely event that it became law, any Hong Kong permanent resident or organisation could demand a referendum by gathering the support ...




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