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  1. Tang, the unwitting champion of democracy in Hong Kong?

    Posted Oct 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Stephen Vines The very best thing that can happen for the development of democracy in Hong Kong would be the so-called 'election' of Henry Tang Ying-yen as chief executive, made ... is a farce, that it is totally detached from the views of Hong Kong people, and that the central government has shown utter contempt for the special administrative region by anointing a candidate ...

  2. A grown-up debate about democracy... in Hong Kong

    Posted Feb 13th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode Packed into a room in the Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday night, 500-odd people witnessed something highly unusual in Hong Kong- a full-blown, warts-and-all ... that, for many in the audience, seemed light years from the stilted and coded confines of the usual Hong Kong political scene. It was, one Japanese banker remarked as he filed out later, ...

  3. Time to plan for future democracy

    Posted Sep 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... it is normal for a country to take care of its cities. However, I am worried that these gifts will make the establishment of democracy in Hong Kong a distant dream. It is high time that our government ... of independence, is always going to have to do as Beijing says. That is how being in a country works. It is hard to imagine how Beijing will be able to allow democracy in Hong Kong and withhold it from ...

  4. Defining a democracy that works for all

    Posted Feb 06th 2011, 12:00am by Regina Ip

    ... democracy, it is timely to reflect on what democracy is and isn't in Hong Kong. The historical background to the fostering of democracy in Hong Kong- jitters over the transfer of sovereignty ... development in Hong Kong since the 1980s, to the extent that among many democracy advocates, there has for years been considerable confusion between democracy and liberalism. Be that as it may, ...

  5. Democracy in HK falls short, says U.S. report

    Posted Oct 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Tanna Chong tanna.chong@scmp.com A commission of US lawmakers and government officials warned yesterday that Hong Kong has fallen 'far short' of universal suffrage despite the passage of last year's electoral reform bill. In its latest annual report, the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China shed light on Hong Kong's progress towards universal ...

  6. Szeto Wah's spirit of democracy lives on

    Posted Jan 03rd 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for the Tiananmen mothers. He has left this world with his work far from being done- Hong Kong has been given a partial timetable towards universal suffrage, although efforts to push for more democracy ... The spiritual leader of Hong Kong's democratic aspirations is gone: Szeto Wah has passed away. He died without seeing his dreams come to fruition, his goals still as uncertain ...

  7. Hong Kong needs to keep the very basic right of holding by-elections

    Posted Jul 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... if they resign it during their term? Hong Kong needs to keep the very basic right of holding by-elections, which are the best public opinion polls when they are allowed to proceed with full competitive campaigns by differing political groups. Last time round, the government and its Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong allies chickened out of competing with five ...

  8. The media and people of Hong Kong must frame debate for its next leader

    Posted Jul 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... suspicions were reinforced by fellow-travellers, who were its and Hong Kong's very worst friends. They sowed suspicion by claiming that pro-democracy supporters were not loyal to the motherland. ... of the people of Hong Kong. The new chief executive will be chosen by 1,200 people, a mere 0.017 per cent of the population, which is a sad reflection of the state of democracy in Hong Kong. They need ...

  9. A litmus test of our democracy

    Posted Dec 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... While the race to become Hong Kong's next chief executive has caught the public's imagination, the election of the 1,200 people who actually get to vote for our next leader has ... management and the University of Hong Kong's business faculty can vote in the commercial sector because they are members of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce; some people eligible ...

  10. Sweet sound of democracy at Phil

    Posted May 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Oliver Chou oliver.chou@scmp.com A wind of change is blowing through Hong Kong's flagship orchestra as the search for a new maestro gets under way. For the first time, two musicians from the Hong Kong Philharmonic will participate directly in the process of finding a successor to musical director Edo de Waart. As part of the process, potential candidates are lined up ...




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