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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Now that Taiwanese can petition Beijing, why not Hongkongers?

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

    ... Frank Ching Frank Ching considers how Beijing's new office for handling petitions from Taiwanese may work, and what grievances may arise Branching out In traditional China, aggrieved people from around the country could seek justice by travelling to the capital and lodging a petition. In today's China, the system continues, with the State Bureau for Letters and Calls ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Development of party politics will help support reform after 2017

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

    ... insisting instead that the letter of the Basic Law, drafted in the 1980s, be strictly observed. It is true that civil nomination does not play a major role in most democratic countries. Neither do ...

  3. 'Foreigner' isn't a nasty word

    Posted Oct 10th 2006, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching A column I wrote about former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang being criticised as 'too foreign' caused an outpouring of letters to the editor and to me ... that once they have permanent status, people should no longer be considered foreigners. As one letter writer wrote: 'If a person is or becomes a permanent resident of Hong Kong, how can ...

  4. Pyongyang calling

    Posted Aug 12th 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... such reactors is harder to use for nuclear weapons. As president, Mr Clinton personally wrote a letter of assurance promising that the US would undertake to make arrangements for the light-water reactor ... Korean leader could have brought up the issue of the promised reactors. Indeed, Mr Kim may even have produced the letter signed by Mr Clinton. But the North Koreans also undoubtedly feel ...

  5. Please listen

    Posted Jul 22nd 2003, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... it in its compendium on responses to its consultation document. By and large, opponents of Article 23 legislation organised petitions, while its supporters sent in form letters. The bureau counted each form letter as one submission, but it counted the results of a signature campaign, which might include hundreds of signatures of people opposed to the legislation, also as a single ...

  6. Pressure point

    Posted Mar 18th 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... of the severe acute respiratory syndrome infection in 2003, has written a letter to President Hu Jintao calling on the authorities to apologise to him for illegally detaining him in 2004 after he had ... wrote. 'That is why I sent out a letter of warning about Beijing's Sars epidemic in 2003. It is also why I sent a letter on February 24, 2004, to leaders of the National People's ...

  7. China shows its diplomatic mettle

    Posted Aug 13th 2003, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... of times, both when Mr Dai visited North Korea and when Mr Kim visited China. Mr Dai flew to Pyongyang on July 12, carrying with him a letter from President Hu Jintao. He remained there for three days. While we do not know the contents of the letter, it is clear that Mr Dai's time in Pyongyang, which included a meeting with Mr Kim, was pivotal. Three days later, Mr Dai arrived ...

  8. Handle with care

    Posted Aug 23rd 2003, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... such as the Hong Kong Bar Association or the Article 23 Concern Group. The government must announce ahead of time how it will handle submissions in the form of signature campaigns and form letters, which are very different. It is a mistake to treat each form letter as one submission, and the results of a signature campaign, possibly bearing thousands of signatures, also as a single submission. ...

  9. About time for a timetable

    Posted Dec 08th 2005, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... elections, all 18 directly elected members signed a letter urging that 30 of the 60 seats be elected that way in 1995. Because Britain's mandate was due to run out in 1997, the letter did ...

  10. Antics must stop

    Posted Mar 04th 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... That survey was conducted in mid-February and, presumably, a similar one today would show an even greater fall in support for the LSD. Mr Tang's letters of protest to the Legco president should ...




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