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  1. What a ride it's been

    Posted Jun 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the first HKSAR chief executive, Tung Chee-hwa, is sworn in. At first light, 4,000 People's Liberation Army troops cross the border. 2- New airport opens: 1998 Cathay Pacific flight CX889 from New York via Vancouver is the first commercial flight to touch down at the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok at 6.25 am on July 6. Within hours of that first flight, though, ...

  2. Patience pays

    Posted Jul 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the president openly tells you that your first order of business is to work harder on harmony and stability. Chances are, the delay in restructuring plans, the illegal structure scandal and the July 1 rally turnout will have put a damper on his first days in office. His election campaign chief and now executive councillor, Barry Cheung Chun-yuen, said the turnout proved Leung's vision ...

  3. Calm head

    Posted Jul 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... begun, so the best advice- unsolicited, though- for this government is to stay low and cool. First things first- it can't get any worse. The political firestorm that was the chief executive ... in the worst possible conditions. Secondly, take comfort in the fact that some of those who have been first to call themselves Leung's supporters- like unionist Chan Yuen-han- have so quickly ...

  4. HK$7b extra enough for the elderly, says adviser

    Posted May 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... a populist approach to win over voters in 2017, when the chief executive will be elected by universal suffrage for the first time. Lawmakers had earlier approved a proposal from the administration ... be used as financial aid for low-income earners and the elderly.' Wong, who is also an associate director of the university's Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, had advised Leung ...

  5. Summit of all fears

    Posted Jun 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... in the cabinet of chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying, who takes office on July 1. This situation parallels the one faced 15 years ago by Tung Chee-hwa, the city's first chief executive, who had to deal with the Asian financial crisis soon after being sworn into office. The euro-zone crisis and the blow it may inflict on Hong Kong's economy may be Tsang's first big test ...

  6. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, August 25, 2012

    Posted Aug 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the threat of terrorist attacks. It has decided to carry out military exercises with Japan "in the western Pacific" at a time when Tokyo is locked in a dispute with China over the Diaoyu ... I assume this happened because some of the Chinese athletes were getting too close for comfort to Western legends in what are traditional Western sporting preserves, for example, swimming. First ...

  7. Painful polls

    Posted Jun 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... to the office of the chief executive. Scholars credited Beijing for being, by and large, hands-off during the early years, thus dispelling pre-handover anxieties. The first chief executive Tung ... consultant and a former associate director of the Asia Pacific Media Network at UCLA ...

  8. C.Y's challenging juggling act

    Posted Jul 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... than those endured by Tsang and the first chief executive, Tung Chee-hwa. They cite his plunging popularity and strained ties with lawmakers, and believe he will struggle to adapt to civil ... by Chinese University's Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies found that Leung was the most popular with the less well-off, the elderly and the less educated. 'The public is polarised,' ...

  9. 2047 is not all that far away

    Posted Jun 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... be the first priority of the central government in deciding on Hong Kong's future, but other experts are less sanguine. Chau Kwong-wing, a chair professor specialising in property development ... Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, says there is a much greater need for integration with the mainland as a way out for both retirees and the city. Official projections show that residents aged 65 ...

  10. SCMP Debate

    Posted Jun 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... first instalment leading public figures who took part in the handover- the transition from colonialism to Chinese sovereignty- have been asked to share their views on the challenges ... like the United States. Each state does not have its own court of final appeal, cannot enact its national security laws, and federal agents and soldiers can enter the state without first asking ...




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