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  1. News - China - POLITICS

    Mongol ally of incoming premier to become chief of State Council

    Posted Mar 08th 2013, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... Incoming premier picks Yang Jing as his right-hand man and the first cabinet secretary general from an ethnic minority Yang Jing, an ally of incoming premier Li Keqiang , is poised to become secretary general of the State Council in Li's cabinet, to be unveiled next week. The secretary general takes care of the cabinet's daily work as the premier's right-hand ...

  2. News - China - POLITICS

    Guangdong to double incomes 2 years ahead of schedule, governor says

    Posted Jan 26th 2013, 12:00am by Li Jing

    ... Li Jing jing.li@scmp.com Province will double incomes by 2018, ahead of schedule, governor tells congress, while also predicting annual economic growth will be 8pc Guangdong chief vows pay spurt Guangdong would double per capita incomes from 2010 levels by 2018, two years ahead of the national goal, provincial governor Zhu Xiaodan told the opening of the provincial people's ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Former adviser warns Leung of middle-class backlash over welfare spending

    Posted Feb 04th 2014, 12:55pm by Gary Cheung

    ... that Leung's spending plans may be sowing the seeds of conflict between the middle class and low-income residents. "People of middle-class background generally feel they get little benefit from the policy address," Lau said. "The anxiety and grievance among the middle class will intensify the conflict between them and low-income groups." Lau, now a professor emeritus ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Tax reform essential says former finance chief

    Posted Jan 21st 2014, 04:45am by Tony Cheung

    ... it is 17 per cent in Singapore. Ma said that while Hong Kong was reliant on its income from profits and income taxes, which accounted for more than half of the government's revenue, the two taxes only contributed to about a third of the Singapore government's income. "They can still support a [relatively] big government because they have a goods and services tax (GST) ...

  5. News - World - POLITICS

    Obama's state-of-the-union address much about state of his presidency

    Posted Jan 27th 2014, 04:40am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington US president hopes to use state-of-the-union speech to rebound from last year's debacles and frame priorities in battling income inequality Annual ... to air plans to raise the minimum wage, extend long-term unemployment benefits and quicken jobs growth. He will frame his priorities in a call to arms to battle rising income inequality, which he ...

  6. News - China - POLITICS

    Xi Jinping names three Standing Committee members as deputies on new panel

    Posted Jan 23rd 2014, 03:56am by Zhang Hong

    ... and a widening income gap- were so difficult that the panel required the involvement of the president and party chief. "As China delves deeper into reforms, their impact on vested interests will go ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    'Hong Kong could run out of money within 20 years', warns John Tsang ahead of budget

    Posted Jan 20th 2014, 05:09am by SAMUEL CHAN, JEFFIE LAM

    ... public expenditure. And eventually, reserves will be used up." He said revenue from taxes might have to rise. The government's spending, including an allowance for low-income working ...

  8. Lifestyle - Books - POLITICS

    Book review: The Tommy Koh Reader, by Tommy Koh

    Posted Jan 26th 2014, 03:44pm by David Wilson

    ... low and there was no increase in the number of new businesses, according to Koh, who adds that the minimum wage raised the income of more than 140,000 low-wage workers- a winning argument. ...

  9. News - China - POLITICS

    Reluctance to cede control may undermine Communist Party's fight against graft

    Posted Dec 19th 2013, 09:10am by Cary Huang

    ... The committee's statement provided few specifics, saying the details would be worked out over the next four years. It did, however, say an internal database would be set up to record the personal income ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Carrie Lam faces critics on government's approach towards poverty

    Posted Oct 30th 2013, 04:27am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com Carrie Lam faces critics on poverty approach Armed with an official poverty line and a vow to tackle the problem of low-income families, Chief Secretary ... not be a good use of resources, she said. Hong Kong's poverty line has been drawn at half the median household income- HK$3,600 per month for one person, HK$7,700 for a two-person household, ...




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