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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China must stop its arms sales to war-torn South Sudan

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 11:49am by JEHANNE HENRY

    ... and have supported the peace talks under way in Addis Ababa. But the sale of US$38 million worth of missiles, grenade launchers, machine guns and ammunition to the government of South Sudan, ... the "laws of war", by killing civilians in their homes and in churches, hospitals and other places they thought they would be safe, often because of their ethnicity or perceived political ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1577602/china-must-stop-its-arms-sales-war-torn-south-sudan
  2. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    What can the government really do about home prices in Hong Kong?

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 11:07am by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu With new towns crucial for boosting supply, Hongkongers must learn to strike a balance More can be done to cool home prices, but solution involves us Hong Kong property prices ... index for private homes climbed to a record 249.8, 4.1 per cent higher than its level before the government released several measures in February last year. Property prices have rebounded ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1571184/what-can-government-really-do-about-home-prices-hong-kong
  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Beijing is only treating the symptoms, not their cause

    Posted Apr 01st 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... of sales among homeowners anxious to book their profits before the new tax came into effect. But in the longer term, a 20 per cent capital gains tax will do nothing to deter speculative buyers. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1204293/beijing-only-treating-symptoms-not-their-cause
  4. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Tweaking of stamp duty won’t lead to big boost in home sales

    Posted May 19th 2014, 12:06pm by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu Tweaking of stamp duty not likely to help much, with bank loans tighter and market weak Rule change may not lead to sales surge as buyers wait Would you buy a flat if the government extends the period during which you can sell your old home and still qualify for exemption from double stamp duty? Last week, the government proposed to revise the rules for double stamp ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1515473/tweaking-stamp-duty-wont-lead-big-boost-home-sales
  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Excluding non-locals from flat sales could easily backfire

    Posted Sep 12th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Move threatens to bring a triple-whammy to muddy eventual downturn, turning what would have been a healthy correction into a rout Excluding non-locals from flat sales could ... research Nicole Wong and her colleagues note that between 2004 and 2009, land sales in the city declined by 70 per cent. Allowing a two-year time lag for development, they go on to point out ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1034527/excluding-non-locals-flat-sales-could-easily-backfire
  6. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    House rules in sale of land to official

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 01:23am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn We have been looking at the application documents relating to the Lands Department official who bought a sizeable chunk of agricultural land in Yuen Long, an area in which she had a supervisory role as assistant director. It will be recalled t ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1573096/house-rules-sale-land-official
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - THE VIEW

    Key to inequality is soaring home prices

    Posted Aug 05th 2014, 03:15pm by Richard Wong

    ... Richard Wong While soaring prices have widened income gaps in major economies, the real culprit for land supply shortages must be tackled: regulatory inertia Home truths behind inequality ... On closer examination, however, Piketty's data can be given a totally different interpretation, with critical implications for advanced economies, such as Hong Kong, where home prices have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1566938/key-inequality-soaring-home-prices
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    There's a silver lining even as retail sales take a downturn

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 04:35am by SCMP Editorial

    ... investment and spending to keep the economy on track to achieve growth goals. If Hong Kong's latest retail sales figures are anything to go by, Xi's anti-graft campaign is having a bigger impact here so far. Government statistics show that sales revenue declined in June for the fifth consecutive month, down 6.9 per cent compared with June last year by a sustained plunge in demand ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1567221/theres-silver-lining-even-retail-sales-take-downturn
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Caution about Hong Kong's economic outlook is warranted

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 04:29am by SCMP Editorial

    ... and Shanghai. Home owners could never have been happier; housing prices hit record highs in June. Continuing low interest rates make loans affordable. The warnings of rough times ahead by Financial ... cause, there is a slew of economic data to support concerns. Retail sales fell by 4.1 per cent in May, the fifth straight monthly drop. Sales of jewellery, watches and precious gifts were down ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1573098/caution-about-hong-kongs-economic-outlook-warranted
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - THE VIEW

    China’s strategy: keep tilting the playing field until someone notices

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 10:38am by RICHARD HARRIS

    ... liberalisation is designed to provide stability at home and a flexible economy to face the future. China is following Japan's path of copy then improve, using its own protected innovation. ... computers and Huawei spends 25 per cent of its sales revenue on telecommunications research and development. China's aggressive global economic diplomacy will build trade, especially ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1578314/chinas-strategy-keep-tilting-playing-field-until-someone

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