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  1. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Local concerns complicate hopes of a cap on visitors

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 06:21am by Tammy Tam

    ... of Hongkongers wanted to see the number of mainland tourists capped, Leung gave his clearest hint yet that controls could be imposed, saying his administration was speaking to Beijing on the issue, without offering details. Earlier last month, Beijing's top official on Hong Kong, National People's Congress chairman Zhang Dejiang, told the HKMAO and mainland tourist authorities ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Seize the day or miss the boat in dialogue with Beijing

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 05:56am by Tammy Tam

    ... a significant development on the mainland caught the eyes of many: the week before, the official Xinhua News Agency released a picture showing first lady Peng Liyuan at the summer resort of Beidaihe ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    'Subversives' in Hong Kong not a new worry for state leaders

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 06:10am by Tammy Tam

    ... of Hongkongers, who donated generously to help the victims of 1991's severe flooding on the mainland, raising more than HK$100 million to fund relief efforts. Since then, the term "subversive ... security laws. Subsequent political developments, including growing demands for more democracy, tension between mainlanders and Hongkongers and the emergence of "localism", have all left ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Southern tours may become a habit for Beijing

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 05:56am by Tammy Tam

    ... were subsequently introduced – such as lifting restrictions on mainland visitors to boost the city’s economy and allowing more yuan business – were the result of that gathering in Shenzhen. It is now standard practice for senior Beijing officials to take the pulse of Hong Kong from over the border. When the mainland’s top official on Hong Kong affairs, Zhang Dejiang, went to Shenzhen ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    City journalists on mainland work in shadow of Tiananmen Square

    Posted Jun 09th 2014, 05:03am by Tammy Tam

    ... to the military crackdown. At the time, many mainland journalists joined the student-led protest against corruption and for democracy. Hu, who had retired from journalism but remained influential, looked ... of the nation's top legislature, he kept stressing the importance of urgent legislation to protect press freedom: not only to ensure mainland journalists could report without fear, but also to allow ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    PR stunt or interference, expect to see more of Zhang Xiaoming

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:43am by Tammy Tam

    ... for the multiple-entry permit scheme for mainland visitors. He is believed to have proposed that permanent residents of Shenzhen be limited to five to eight visits a year under the scheme, which currently allows ... at the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office in the capital, the meeting with his mainland counterparts ended without resolution. He said only that the plan had been "noted" by Beijing, ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Another rabid editorial- but is it really from Beijing?

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 05:06am by Tammy Tam

    ... the turnout rate, it was "no match" for the mainland population of 1.3 billion. By the time the poll ended last night, 787,767 people had voted, organisers said. Leung told reporters last Tuesday it was wrong to "put the people of Hong Kong and mainland China on confronting sides". He added that those who had voted merely wanted to express their hope for universal ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Debate over white paper both necessary and natural

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 04:57am by Tammy Tam

    ... a Hongkonger has to respect the constitution, which protects the mainland's socialist system; but under "one country, two systems", the Basic Law ensures Hong Kong's capitalist ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Welcoming jingle hits a sour note when it comes to unwanted visitors

    Posted Jan 28th 2013, 12:00am by Tammy Tam

    ... tourists? Whatever the answer, a recent train ride to the border convinced me we do have too many visitors who are parallel traders. The moment my friend and I arrived at Sheung Shui we saw big ... nuisance to residents in the Northern District but also has intensified Hong Kong-mainland tensions. Prices for daily necessities keep soaring, and local mothers have trouble getting milk formula ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Let the lobbying begin: Beijingtries to win over pan-dems

    Posted May 12th 2014, 04:45am by Tammy Tam

    ... necessary to help understand the social structure and development on the mainland. These divisions seemed to widen after last week's "civil referendum" by Occupy Central supporters, ...




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