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  1. We must not go soft on economic reform

    Posted Jun 14th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... One of the main props of Hong Kong's economic recovery is dropping away. Interest rates are continuing their rise from 40-year lows but effective rates for property mortgages are still only around 3.75 per cent, still at the very low end historically. This is one reason there are no widespread cries of pain from homeowners. There are others. The economic good times ...

  2. A backward step on the path to political reform

    Posted Jan 16th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... is probably the most important issue confronting the city's political future. Now, Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has changed his mind. New political and economic realities have intruded ... The government needs to deploy its full resources to weather this unprecedented economic storm. Given Hong Kong's political landscape, any proposed constitutional changes would likely cause a heated ...

  3. Political reform the key to lasting prosperity, says outgoing US envoy

    Posted Jul 12th 2008, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... competitiveness and prosperity, the government should secure political reform, which was considered 'right and necessary' by the public, he said. In his swansong speech to a joint chamber lunch, ... Beijing had generally respected its commitment to giving Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy. As well as economic success, the city had maintained its rule of law, making Hong Kong the most ...

  4. Growth before political reform, Hu tells Tsang

    Posted Sep 10th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Tze-wai in Sydney and Denise Hung Beijing urges economic focus President Hu Jintao yesterday called on the Hong Kong government to focus on developing the economy while political reform ... paper on political reform came up in a one-hour meeting with the president yesterday morning, Mr Tsang said. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the last day of the Asia-Pacific Economic ...

  5. Political reform needed to further HK's success

    Posted Jul 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... systems'. Political reform, he said, should be gradual and orderly, and a democratic system can only emerge if there is continued economic development. He also warned Hong Kong people ... anyone in Hong Kong would disagree. What made his speech different, however, were the references to both political reform and democratic development. A few years ago, the inclusion ...

  6. Tsang accused of seeking to delay consultation on political reform

    Posted Jan 07th 2009, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung and Albert Wong Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has been accused by pan-democratic politicians of planning to postpone a public consultation on constitutional reform to avoid stirring up controversy amid the economic downturn. Their claim comes after the government has apparently changed its stance in relation to conducting the consultation on details ...

  7. Focus political reform debate on the achievable

    Posted Feb 21st 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Political reform will, rightly, be at the centre of public debate ahead of next month's chief executive election. It is an issue that Hong Kong must tackle. Both candidates have ... Hong Kong. These policies guarantee, among other things, that Hong Kong's social and economic systems and lifestyle will remain unchanged and that our freedoms will be protected by law. ...

  8. A blueprint for political and constitutional reform

    Posted Dec 15th 2004, 12:00am by Christine Loh

    ... Christine Loh Kung-wai A consensus has developed that our political system needs to be reformed to function more smoothly. Our current structure was conceived during the 1980s. ... the public to contribute actively to the debate on electoral reform. I appreciate that various political parties, political groups, think-tanks and scholars have put forward reform ideas in recent ...

  9. Business - Companies - ANALYSIS

    Citic's mega takeover deal comes as win-win for Beijing and Hong Kong

    Posted Mar 28th 2014, 01:40am by George Chen

    ... surprised you feel, the clearer Beijing's resolve to reform its economic structure. If you read the history of Citic Group- how the firm was founded with special permission from the late ... reform today. Rong was one of the top business tycoons from Shanghai who was later appointed one of the vice-presidents of the government and divided his time in business and politics among ...

  10. Tang vows to provide a greater economic lead

    Posted Dec 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... behind Leung Chun-ying in popularity ratings, also promised reforms to improve residents' livelihoods and strengthen Hong Kong's economic fundamentals. However, he said his government ... Chow Chung-yan and Olga Wong Henry Tang Ying-yen says he is ready to modify the city's treasured laissez-faire economic principles and adopt a more proactive approach if he is made ...




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