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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Hong Kong's Leung Chun-ying should forgo desire for a second chief executive term

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:33am by Alex Lo

    ... of his term to making sure Hong Kong achieves universal suffrage as prescribed under the Basic Law by 2017. He may thereby regain some political capital with the general public, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1550618/hong-kongs-leung-chun-ying-should-forgo-desire-second-chief
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Both Beijing and Anson Chan are talking hogwash over full democracy for Hong Kong

    Posted Jun 24th 2014, 05:59am by Alex Lo

    ... Japanese cartoon characters, our favourite movies, you name it. There is no law against it. Likewise, there is nothing in the statute books that bar people from asking others about ... Hypothetically, if the Hong Kong government decided to carry out a real referendum, it conceivably would be illegal under some interpretations of the Basic Law and the Chinese constitution. But even ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1539168/both-beijing-and-anson-chan-are-talking-hogwash-over-full
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Political reform starts with makeup of the nominating committee

    Posted Jul 02nd 2014, 04:54am by Alex Lo

    ... Legco election as a road map to phasing them out in the 2020 Legco election or thereafter. This is in line with the Basic Law and strictures from National People Congress' standing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1544492/political-reform-starts-makeup-nominating-committee
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Don't follow EU's bad privacy ruling in Hong Kong

    Posted Jun 17th 2014, 03:57am by Alex Lo

    ... across Asia to offer a similar service. There is a difference, though. In the EU, the service is demanded by law. In Asia, it would be out of the goodness of Google. I say, don't do it. We must not follow a terribly bad decision made by a foreign court just because Chiang thinks it's a good idea. One saving grace is that he is not planning to turn it into law. If the search ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1534289/dont-follow-eus-bad-privacy-ruling-hong-kong
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Cyberattacks on Hong Kong 'referendum' website and Apple Daily likely to have opposite effect

    Posted Jun 21st 2014, 03:59am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Cyberattacks likely to have opposite effect The people behind the cyberattacks on Occupy Central's mock referendum on political reform and the pan-democratic Apple Daily are not just criminals but idiots. They don't just break the law; they end up encouraging more people to take part in the voting just to show support and place the editors ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1537214/cyberattacks-hong-kong-referendum-website-and-apple-daily
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Is Hong Kong's chief executive indoctrinated in mainland ways?

    Posted Jun 14th 2014, 04:25am by Alex Lo

    ... lines from the commission's paper that could have been straight from the white paper. "The HKSAR enjoys a high degree of autonomy but not absolute autonomy... The Basic Law is a set of national laws enacted by the National People's Congress... [It] is an enabling legislation in nature. Under the theory of the unitary state structure, all powers exercised ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1532097/hong-kongs-chief-executive-indoctrinated-mainland-ways
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    It's time to set idealistic pieties aside over Hong Kong's universal suffrage

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 02:50am by Alex Lo

    ... the Basic Law. But there are good grounds to believe it is. Even if it is not, many independent scholars have pointed out the obvious- public nomination does not equate to real democracy, but only ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1535182/its-time-set-idealistic-pieties-aside-over-hong-kongs
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Chinese white paper on Hong Kong was a measured response

    Posted Jun 13th 2014, 03:42am by Alex Lo

    ... and the legislature. In response, in less than a year, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress moved to dash the democrats' hopes with a Basic Law interpretation on the electoral ... massive turnout. But through all these, Beijing merely released a paper, rather than an interpretation with the full force of law. It repeats the same old mantras: no two systems without one ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1531090/chinese-white-paper-hong-kong-was-measured-response
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Abandon public nomination for 2017 chief executive vote

    Posted Apr 30th 2014, 04:41am by Alex Lo

    ... Chu-ming and Anson Chan Fang On-sang, neither of whom can be said to be pandering to Beijing. It's just a straightforward reading of the Basic Law that only members of the nominating committee ... activists know perfectly well Beijing would never allow for public nomination, whether it was in the Basic Law or not. But they hope they could browbeat more moderate democrats into supporting it so ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1500302/abandon-public-nomination-2017-chief-executive-vote
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Beware risk of challenging China's 'one country' concept for Hong Kong

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 04:12am by Alex Lo

    ... there are no inherent or "residual" powers for Hong Kong. I am not sure this is right. At least that wasn't how the Basic Law and "one country, two systems" was sold to us. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1530388/beware-risk-challenging-chinas-one-country-concept-hong-kong

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