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  1. Drop this levy, SFC, if you're serious about the market

    Posted Jun 13th 2008, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... with Jake van der Kamp 'Facilitating Hong Kong's evolution as an international financial centre and a key financial market in China will be one of the SFC's top priorities in this financial year.' Securities and Futures Commission, News release, June 11 I am glad to hear it as I have a top of the pops idea for facilitating Hong Kong's evolution as an international ...

  2. Secretary for commerce an uncivil servant of business

    Posted Aug 01st 2008, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... with Jake van der Kamp The business sector was very unscrupulous ... it would be very dangerous being there. Everyone fought each other for money, and with all possible means. They took people as profit-making machines and paid them no respect. Rita Lau Ng Wai-lan Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Commercial Radio interview Iconfess to having missed this gem when ...

  3. Government's numbers game makes for interesting reading

    Posted Jul 31st 2008, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... with Jake van der Kamp HK is the mainland's third-largest export market Ministry of Commerce We featured this item yesterday but I take the view that when the male of the bovine species provides its posterior offerings in copious flow, it is best to cite the ultimate source. Hong Kong is not actually the mainland's third-largest export market. According ...

  4. Donald didn't need HK$11b giveaway or Beijing solution

    Posted Jul 18th 2008, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... with Jake van der Kamp Fears of social unrest prompt second big government giveaway in five months Post headline, July 17 There are times when I think our chief executive would be happy to sign himself up as a card-carrying member of the Democrats. Put yourself in his shoes. Would you rather be answerable to your own people or to the party top brass in Beijing? One of them came ...

  5. Cruising sharks make quick meal of officials

    Posted Jul 14th 2008, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... with Jake van der Kamp 'Massimo Brancaleoni, a vice-president of the Costa Crociere cruise line, and Joseph Lam - who represents another line, Royal Caribbean, in Hong Kong - declined to comment until after today's regular quarterly meeting of the Advisory Committee on the Cruise Industry. Mr Lam said Asian cruise itineraries had not been planned beyond 2010.' SCMP, July ...

  6. Cruise passengers splash out HK$98 each

    Posted Apr 28th 2008, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... 'Visitors splash out a record HK$140b' SCMP headline, April 25 But one set of visitors didn't splash out very much at all. In fact you would have stayed perfectly dry standing near them. It is Hong Kong that is to splash out on them, not th ...

  7. Regina's elite can't claim accolades for China growth

    Posted May 27th 2008, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... with Jake van der Kamp 'China's political system has always been marked by government by the elite. The mythical kings of early China were all rulers of saintly temperament, somewhat akin to Plato's philosopher-kings, who were elected by their people on merit. Such meritocracy quickly gave way to 'patrimonialism', in which the ruler enjoys absolute power ...

  8. Land-use practices out of sync with property market

    Posted Dec 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... with Jake van der Kamp If you think you have seen the two charts at the bottom of this column before, indeed you have. I won't apologise for retreading old columns, however, as I have an excuse. There is some news to take note of here. It is that prices for luxury flats on Hong Kong Island have now exceeded their 1997 peak, according to official government statistics. ...

  9. Anson Chan beholden this time to toe the party line

    Posted Dec 06th 2007, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... with Jake van der Kamp 'People elected me because I can speak my own mind, not toe a particular party line.' Anson Chan Fang On-sang December 4 It has taken Anson less than two days from her election victory to forget both how she came to run for office and whose crucial support she had. I knew I was right not to vote for her. Listen, Anson, you ran ...

  10. Who needs foreign money? We're drowning in the stuff

    Posted Nov 13th 2007, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... with Jake van der Kamp 'The number of foreign and mainland companies with offices in Hong Kong may be at a record high but analysis of government figures shows a big drop in new offices opening and fewer big companies setting up in the city.' SCMP, November 11 I've been through it so often before that within another two paragraphs you're bound to say: ...




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