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  1. Beijing hits back at WTO with metals export quota

    Posted Jul 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... global trade rules on raw materials shipments. The Ministry of Commerce yesterday said new export quota arrangements applied to coke- burned to produce steel- and to non-ferrous metals ... decision in 2009 to impose export duties and quotas on 20 types of raw materials, including coke, saying it had broken a promise to the body to cut tariffs and trade barriers. The Ministry ...

  2. Beijing's new car quota draws fire

    Posted Jan 16th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Mandy Zuo As the Beijing municipal legislature opens its annual plenary session today, its new car licence plate quota system is drawing criticism from lawmakers and political advisers. ... States is high but what's important is [one has] the right to it,' he wrote in his microblog on Wednesday. Hours before the session opened yesterday afternoon, he said he had decided ...

  3. Lawmakers support ending seal imports

    Posted Nov 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Hazel Knowles A campaign to stop the import of products made from Canadian seals killed in an annual hunt has won the support of more than half of all legislators, an animal protection ... that 80 per cent of Hongkongers opposed the hunt and 77 per cent supported a ban on the import of fur seal products. 'We would like the Canadian government to listen to the people of Hong ...

  4. Import barriers may be lowered as food shortage threat grows

    Posted Feb 19th 2011, 12:00am by Ed Zhang

    ... Ed Zhang in Beijing China is mulling an overhaul of import barriers as it seeks to improve food supply and stem inflation amid a lingering drought in the north. Reuters yesterday reported ... Expanding imports may become necessary to help the up-to-now largely self-sufficient mainland economy to use overseas food supplies to curb inflation, now worsened by a lingering drought in northern ...

  5. Schools quota for locals cut to 30pc

    Posted Dec 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Dennis Chong dennis.chong@scmp.com The government is to limit further the number of local students attending international schools amid concerns from business that the lack of places is discouraging foreign investors. But the reduction from 50 to 30 per c ...

  6. Time to end loan quotas, top banking official says

    Posted Nov 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Daniel Ren in Shanghai ren.wei@scmp.com Beijing should scrap the so-called lending quota that it uses as a monetary policy tool and give banks more freedom, a senior banking official said yesterday. Yang Zaiping, executive vice president of the China Banking Association (CBA), a government-controlled banking group, told a forum in Beijing yesterday that the quota system hampered ...

  7. HKMA projects higher yuan conversion quota

    Posted Oct 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Lulu Chen lulu.chen@scmp.com Hong Kong's fourth-quarter yuan conversion quota- used under a cross-border trade scheme- may increase to as much as 8 billion yuan (HK$9.7 billion), ... of China (Hong Kong) (BOCHK), at the onshore rate. The quota can only be used for trade-related purposes. While the yuan is traded both on the mainland and offshore, primarily in Hong Kong, ...

  8. Job quotas for disabled can help change minds

    Posted Aug 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... equal opportunities. In many advanced economies, particularly in Western Europe, big employers give preference to job applicants with disabilities to help them meet an assigned quota of, say, ...

  9. Hope for baby quota outcasts

    Posted Jun 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... source said the government was thinking about a one-off arrangement to help the affected families. 'These women were already pregnant when the quota system was introduced, so most people ... to give birth this year still could not find a maternity bed. 'We hope that the government can relax the quota and help these families,' he said. About 6,000 mainland mothers married ...

  10. Mothers-to-be on their knees in quota protest

    Posted Jun 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... quotas for maternity beds for non-local mothers. The three were among 11 demonstrators who protested before and after Secretary for Food and Health Dr York Chow Yat-ngok attended an RTHK radio programme, and were insisting on their right to deliver in Hong Kong without being subject to the new quotas. The women, whose babies are due in November and December, blocked the path of Chow's ...




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