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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Amid visa doubts for US journalists, does China value objective reporting?

    Posted Nov 18th 2014, 12:52pm by Frank Ching

    ... lies." That is to say, reporters should look at their own work to see why they may not be welcome in China. Xi also said foreign journalists had to obey "China's laws and regulations". But apparently there is no law barring reporting on the wealth of leaders' families. China Daily has defended the Chinese government, saying that visas for journalists were ...

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    Now that Taiwanese can petition Beijing, why not Hongkongers?

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 12:13pm by Frank Ching

    ... complaints while Beijing officials pretend not to know that this goes on. Officials who do not want the petitions to reflect badly on their work will even break the law to ensure that people ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Development of party politics will help support reform after 2017

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 01:50pm by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching Frank Ching says Hong Kong needs to enact a political party law and allow the chief executive to be politically active to support reform Next step At long last, a Chinese leader has acknowledged the Basic Law's stipulation that the method of selecting the chief executive shall be specified "in the light of the actual situation" in Hong Kong ...

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    Taiwan can play peacemaker in South China Sea disputes

    Posted May 20th 2014, 06:41pm by Frank Ching

    ... The Ma administration may state its view on the significance the line, issued when many Southeast Asian countries were not yet independent, and before the United Nations Convention on the Law ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - POLITICAL REFORM

    Political reform consultation fails the test of open debate

    Posted Dec 31st 2013, 10:40am by Frank Ching

    ... that the government listens to the people, yet both were clearly designed to make the people listen to the government. In the current consultation, we are told our views have to abide by the Basic Law ... in the fullness of time, will be announced as having been made by the public. So far, we have been told that the Basic Law and the two NPC Standing Committee statements are authoritative and must ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Qiao Xiaoyang's topsy-turvy understanding of democracy

    Posted Apr 10th 2013, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Xiaoyang, chairman of the Law Committee of the National People's Congress, when he says Hong Kong's chief executive must be someone who "loves the country and loves Hong Kong", and not be confrontational towards Beijing. But the means he proposes for ensuring that only such people will be elected are profoundly undemocratic. Qiao quotes the Basic Law as saying that the future chief ...

  7. Rule of law is something we must cherish

    Posted May 05th 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching Last month, Hong Kong played host to the Commonwealth Law Conference. It last hosted such a conference in 1983. In the intervening years, Hong Kong had undergone a huge ... and to the common-law world. In recent weeks, there has been much apprehension voiced about Shanghai supplanting Hong Kong as an international financial centre. There has also been concern about Beijing ...

  8. Surveillance law must still protect privacy

    Posted Feb 24th 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching In 2006, the Hong Kong government rushed through a law on covert surveillance. Now, Justice Woo Kwok-hing, the commissioner on interception of communications and surveillance, has presented a report for 2007, the first full year the surveillance ordinance was in effect. It is a mixed bag. Mr Justice Woo says law-enforcement agencies were 'as a whole ...

  9. When rule of law is a matter of opinion

    Posted Feb 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... executive or legislative council in Hong Kong. He said Hong Kong was moving towards universal suffrage not because of the covenant but because of the Basic Law. The ICCPR committee said in its ... and the government disagreed with it. It is a mistake for the Hong Kong government to pit the Basic Law against the covenant. For the good of Hong Kong, every attempt should be made to make the two documents ...

  10. Is the chief executive still above the law?

    Posted Jul 15th 2008, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... as the law did not apply to the governor during the colonial period. The Tung administration's response, delivered by the then chief secretary, Anson Chan Fang On-sang, was that the chief ... the framework of the Basic Law.' There is no suggestion that Mr Tung, or indeed any British governor, had in any way been involved in corruption. But it is simply not right for the person ...




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