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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Canny developers exploiting loophole at the expense of minority owners

    Posted Sep 13th 2014, 04:29am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Developers exploiting property loophole Few people outside its neighbourhood have heard of Leung Faat Noodle Shop. But its fight with a subsidiary of Lai Sun Development should concern us because it involves a basic private property right. It could leave gaping loopholes for developers to exploit at the expense of minority flat owners on old private ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1591220/canny-developers-exploiting-loophole-expense-minority-owners
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    Do we need a BRICS development bank?

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 04:45am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Development banks aplenty in the world Does the world need another development bank? Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have signed an agreement to create the Shanghai-based BRICS development bank. The aim is to create an alternative to the Western-dominated International Monetary Fund and World Bank. Along with the new bank, the five ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1555464/do-we-need-brics-development-bank
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    Beijing's problem in Hong Kong is not foreign interference but Western ideas

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 05:22am by Alex Lo

    ... and Washington have essentially thrown in the towel by acknowledging Hong Kong's democratic development is China's internal affair. US National Security Adviser Susan Rice reportedly said ... the Western narratives on the city's democratic development and the country's one-party state. When it comes to such Western values and narratives, they are true believers compared to many ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1594919/beijings-problem-hong-kong-not-foreign-interference-western-ideas
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    Hong Kong pan-democrats seek to politicise city's schools

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 04:20am by Alex Lo

    ... models. They can show there are still smart and positive ways to fight for wider democracy even if the latest edict from Beijing severely restricts its future development. How about fighting ... law so that more mature political parties and competitive politics can start to develop. There are still ways to fight for a better deal from Beijing. But the pan-dems have chosen rejectionism ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1592621/hong-kong-pan-democrats-seek-politicise-citys-schools
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    Coming to terms with our sense of belonging

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 03:11am by Alex Lo

    ... the liberal principle that we can be citizens, both legally and culturally, of any cosmopolitan city or developed economy. There is much to admire in this international outlook. In many world cities, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1593429/coming-terms-our-sense-belonging
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Hong Kong's massive surpluses could fund pension scheme

    Posted Aug 23rd 2014, 02:41am by Alex Lo

    ... in the Exchange Fund, the government's fiscal reserves and money from land sales which goes into infrastructure development. The Exchange Fund now stands at HK$3 trillion. About HK$800 billion ... more to build for a developed economy other than to physically integrate with the mainland? Or should we use some of that money for the welfare of our own citizens? It's difficult to know ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1579561/hong-kongs-massive-surpluses-could-fund-pension-scheme
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    Push Up Drink was bound to be a bust with its breast boosting claim

    Posted Aug 15th 2014, 03:40am by Hari Kumar

    ... Hari Kumar hari.kumar@scmp.com Claims that go bust in face of evidence It was a claim that was bound to go bust in the face of scientific evidence. A local company's assertion that its dietary supplement drink can help women develop a perfect heart-shaped chest has been deflated by experts, who say there is no scientific evidence to support this. The distributor ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1573757/push-drink-was-bound-be-bust-its-breast-boosting-claim
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    Why bother inspecting a Hong Kong investment flat?

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 05:25am by Alex Lo

    ... in it. In the same way that stock punters buy company shares without researching too much, many flat buyers now queuing to get their hands on Cheung Kong's Mont Vert development don't mind not seeing the inside. The development in Tai Po offers some of the city's cheapest- and smallest- new flats. Measuring under 200 sq ft and sold for under HK$2 million, the studio ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1557023/why-bother-inspecting-hong-kong-investment-flat
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    Despite huge profits, Gilead Sciences defends price of its hepatitis drug

    Posted Jul 26th 2014, 05:01am by Hari Kumar

    ... finance committee earlier this month asked the company to show how it arrived at the sale price. The senators say the company which originally developed the drug, Pharmasset, had forecast a price of US$36,000 for each treatment. Gilead bought Pharmasset for US$11 billion two years ago. The senators say the amount Pharmasset spent on developing the drug was US$62.5 million. The aim of any ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1559319/despite-huge-profits-gilead-sciences-defends-price-its
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    China is far from securing its world role

    Posted Jul 19th 2014, 04:04am by Alex Lo

    ... civilisation state" with the soft power of values, culture and institutions compared to less developed but conquering neighbours and tribes. Xi has yet to amass the soft or hard power to get China ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1556512/china-far-securing-its-world-role

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