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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Schools or homes, city planners must strike a balance

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 04:43am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Schools or homes, it's a tough choice Even the supposed havens from development, our country parks, are not safe from the probing search to identify land to meet Hong ... competing social needs. After withdrawing the former Institute of Vocational Education site from the land sales list, the government did not drop an application for residential rezoning. In the end ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    China should lower taxes, not increase spending, to spur growth

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 04:33am by SCMP Editorial

    ... further pressure on growth. Retail sales, a lead indicator of domestic consumption which must shoulder more of the burden of growth, rose only modestly year on year. That strengthens the argument ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Action is needed on homes database

    Posted Dec 01st 2013, 05:38am by SCMP Editorial

    ... not want the central leadership to know "too much" about home ownership. They rely heavily on land sales for revenue and their financing vehicles use land as collateral for bank loans. ... SCMP Editorial Action needed on homes database One of the key indicators of domestic wealth and social equity is housing. It is therefore important that China has a database of home ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    The devil is in the detail of China's urbanisation blueprint

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 04:09am by SCMP Editorial

    ... government's reliance on land acquisition and sales, which drives farmers into megacities without household registration and social services. But it must be accompanied by land reforms to allocate ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Compromise best way forward in march towards universal suffrage

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 05:08am by SCMP Editorial

    ... internal discussions tomorrow. Although chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing has ruled herself out because of the home-entry-permit issue, she acknowledges the need for communication. As the oldest ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Deliver flats at affordable prices

    Posted Mar 03rd 2014, 03:18am by SCMP Editorial

    ... upbeat promise, the minister overseeing land supply has earmarked 34 sites for sale in the coming year, enough for 15,500 new flats. Together with other projects, there will be some 30,000 flats. ... the sites have not been set aside for locals only. Officials should closely monitor the situation to ensure the units are affordable to local buyers. Home buyers need more than just big numbers ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Strike right balance in keeping shop owners from encroaching on streets

    Posted Mar 21st 2014, 04:40am by SCMP Editorial

    ... of increased penalties, especially for repeat offenders, and even closure for habitual offenders. That said, it is still good to hear Raymond Young Lap-moon, permanent secretary for home affairs, say ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Beijing's ban on pan-democrats serves no one's interests

    Posted Mar 19th 2014, 04:09am by SCMP Editorial

    ... on the mainland, while the rest of the community can travel freely in and out using their home return permits. That some lawmakers cannot move around freely in their own country is baffling. Occasionally, ... for all 70 lawmakers to go to Shanghai next month has led to renewed calls to lift the ban. While there is no need to boycott the trip because of the home return permit issue, Beijing should ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    When it comes to public finances, forewarned is forearmed

    Posted Mar 12th 2014, 04:27am by SCMP Editorial

    ... cuts and massive job losses- soon faded as the economy bounced back. Since then, previous administrations have explored new revenue options like a sales tax. But such proposals were ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong's new disclosure rules on flats not enough

    Posted Mar 31st 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... in the industry, leading to those incredibly shrinking shoeboxes whose living space is often much smaller than advertised. The Residential Properties (First-hand Sales) Ordinance will ban the use of gross ... misleading information or withholding information is to give too much of it. This is the shape of things to come if the sale of the Riva luxury project by Sun Hung Kai Properties in Yuen Long ...




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