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  1. The real reason China retains its old pass laws

    Posted Mar 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... On Monday, 13 mainland newspapers called for the abolition of China's hukou household registration laws, slamming them as inequitable and corrupt. 'China's people have been suffering from the hukou system for a long time,' the papers t ...

  2. Europe feels the pain Asia once endured

    Posted May 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com How strange! Markets across Asia plummeted on news of Francois Hollande's election victory in France and of the punishment Greece's mainstream parties suffered at the hands of voters for their austerity measures. The election results are a clear rejection by ordinary people of spending cuts and belt-tightening. These austerity measures ...

  3. Beauty

    Posted Nov 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... middle-aged, middle-brow Francois (Deon Lotz), who spirals into a psychological meltdown as his obsession with a friend's 23-year-old son cracks open the family-man facade he has nurtured ... among men who are still at a loss as to where they stand in a society where their erstwhile social superiority has largely dissipated in the post-apartheid age. The confusion Francois and his ...

  4. Invictus (DVD)

    Posted May 28th 2010, 12:00am by Susan Ramsay

    ... in the country's history, but this about a real-life hero- Mandela- and his inspirational handling of the new nation. Matt Damon shines as Francois Pienaar- the rugby captain who led South Africa to World ...

  5. Inspired tale of a real-life hero

    Posted Jan 31st 2010, 12:00am by Susan Ramsay

    ... shines as Francois Pienaar- the rugby captain who led South Africa to World Cup victory in 1995. Mandela is played by Morgan Freeman, who bravely steps up to the gigantic role, but falls short ...

  6. Business - Comment

    Limits on China's migrant workers barrier to plan to lift their spending

    Posted Aug 21st 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... on it happening any time soon. tom.holland@scmp.com ...

  7. Scrapping the one-child policy won't boost China's birth rate

    Posted Jul 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland Beijing's one-child policy is abhorrent. But its critics are guilty of gross exaggeration. Despite what they claim, the effect of the one-child policy on China's population and economy has been small. Beijing's heavy-handed approach to family planning is in the news again after local officials in Shaanxi forced a seven-months pregnant woman to have ...

  8. Third of China's city-dwellers are still second class citizens

    Posted Apr 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland It made headlines around the world at the beginning of this year when government statisticians announced that more than half of China's 1.35 billion people now live in the cities. But what most of the news articles failed to mention is at least 200 million of China's 690 million city-dwellers- and as many as 250 million, according to some estimates- are still ...

  9. Perceptions differ from reality in assessments of corruption

    Posted Nov 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland tom.holland@scmp.com Who is more corrupt: the person who pays a bribe, or the person who accepts one? It's a tricky question. In some countries, paying bribes is the unavoidable price of doing business. An entrepreneur who wants to set up a company or win a contract has no choice. He has to pass brown envelopes full of cash under the table or he doesn't get ...

  10. Birth tourism ban makes a nonsense of government plans

    Posted Apr 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland I am not sure about mainland mums flooding into Hong Kong's maternity wards. But the invective certainly flooded into my e-mail inbox yesterday after I suggested that incoming chief executive Leung Chun-ying has not fully thought out his proposed ban on mainlanders giving birth in Hong Kong's private hospitals. To judge from some of the more immoderate ...




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