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  1. News - China - TRADE

    Exclusive: Li Keqiang fought strong opposition for Shanghai free-trade zone plan

    Posted Jul 15th 2013, 12:00am by George Chen

    ... George Chen george.chen@scmp.com Li made to fight for Shanghai plan Premier Li Keqiang fought open opposition from financial regulators in his bid to push through a landmark plan ... had to fight a lot on this," said one of the sources. "You know Chinese officials. Rule number one: they don't want to lose face. So Li Keqiang is now definitely very keen ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    New premier Li Keqiang will be good for Hong Kong: local NPC deputies

    Posted Mar 16th 2013, 12:00am by Tony Cheung

    ... Local deputies to the National People's Congress yesterday welcomed Li Keqiang as the new premier. The politicians said Li's visit to the city two years ago, coupled ... standing committee member Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai said Li would be a positive force for Hong Kong. "I think he will continue to … safeguard the 'one country, two systems' principle, ...

  3. Police may face legal test over Li Keqiang visit

    Posted Aug 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Tanna Chong tanna.chong@scmp.com Police could face legal challenges over security arrangements for Vice-Premier Li Keqiang's visit that amounted to 'serious interference ... was referring to the mini-constitution's article 27, which upholds freedom of speech and demonstration; and article 28, which protects freedom of the person. During Li's visit last week, a man ...

  4. HKU to disclose records of meetings on Li's visit

    Posted Sep 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Tanna Chong tanna.chong@scmp.com The University of Hong Kong will disclose on Monday records of meetings regarding the visit by Vice-Premier Li Keqiang to the university last month to the Legislative Council. An HKU spokeswoman said the university would submit the records regarding the planning for its centenary celebration, which Li attended, at a special meeting of Legco's ...

  5. Security for Li's visit was too rigid

    Posted Aug 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... There is a balancing act to be struck by authorities whenever state leaders like Vice-Premier Li Keqiang visit. Dignitaries have to have a certain level of security and be able to do what ... to have reasonable access to report what happened during the trip. Freedom of expression must not be unduly restricted. That does not appear to have happened during Li's three-day visit last ...

  6. Business - China Business - ECONOMY

    12 new free-trade zones to follow in Shanghai's footsteps

    Posted Jan 23rd 2014, 01:40am by George Chen; Denise Tsang; Daniel Ren

    ... George Chen, Denise Tsang and Daniel Ren 12 new free-trade zones approved The central government has agreed in principle to approve 12 new free-trade zones (FTZs), three months after giving the special status to Shanghai. The 12 would include Guangdong, w ...

  7. Business - Banking & Finance

    Regulation delay puts foreign banks in a spot in Shanghai free-trade zone

    Posted Jan 14th 2014, 08:51am by Jeanny Yu; George Chen

    ... Jeanny Yu and George Chen Lured by the mainland's first free-trade zone in Shanghai, overseas lenders are left with little to do pending more details of government reforms Regulation delay puts foreign banks in a spot Foreign banks lobbied to set up ...

  8. Business - Property - PROPERTY

    Hong Kong home sales spike as locals jump in to buy

    Posted Feb 05th 2013, 12:00am by Sandy Li

    ... Sandy Li sandy.li@scmp.com Residential rally expected to continue but secondary market could slow as developers step up marketing of new home projects Home sales spike as locals jump in to buy Home sales rebounded sharply last month, driven by local buyers unaffected by the government's new stamp duty provisions targeting overseas and corporate investors. Fuelled by excess ...

  9. Beijing behind security lockdown for Li's trip, Legco president says

    Posted Aug 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... in 'complete quiet and total security' during Vice-Premier Li Keqiang's visit earlier this month. Speaking on ATV's current affairs programme Newsline, broadcast last night, Tsang said ... heavy-handed security surrounding Li's visit has been much criticised, especially the handling of student protesters on the University of Hong Kong campus. 'I believe the police would have ...

  10. Business - Banking & Finance

    Shanghai free-trade zone may be extended to cover Pudong

    Posted Sep 05th 2013, 12:00am by George Chen

    ... central government officials will visit the city for a ceremony to mark the occasion. It is understood that Premier Li Keqiang personally endorsed the plan to launch the zone in Shanghai, rather ...




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