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  1. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Mainland tourist numbers to continue to soar in coming years

    Posted Jan 21st 2014, 01:05am by Howard Winn

    ... of outbound mainland Chinese tourism, what's driving it and the impact it's having on gaming and luxury goods sectors and on destination countries. Chinese tourists are going to double ... times over the past five years but Fischer remains bullish. Although people say that most of the tourists in New York and Paris appear to be mainland Chinese, he says the numbers of tourists ...

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    'External forces' claim diminishes the Hong Kong government

    Posted Oct 25th 2014, 05:01am by Howard Winn

    ... whether the event would be a success and "secure maximum returns for business". The diplomatic community is used to hearing accusations of "external forces" from the mainland ...

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    Will CY Leung give keynote speech at the London Dinner next week?

    Posted Oct 24th 2014, 04:19am by Howard Winn

    ... the mainland's accusation that "external forces" are supporting the umbrella movement. This is generally taken as code for the US and Britain. If CY shows up it'll be interesting to see ...

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    Maybe mainland visitors aren't so bad after all

    Posted May 29th 2014, 01:01am by Howard Winn

    ... murmurings about how inconvenient it is to have the city overrun by mainland tourists. There have been complaints and indeed demonstrations about how mainland tourists crowd streets, transport, ... by 4 per cent. Goldman Sachs notes that, excluding spending on hotels and other unrelated expenditure, spending by mainland tourists was roughly HK$180 billion last year or 36 per cent of Hong ...

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    The price of allowing triads to harass umbrella movement

    Posted Oct 14th 2014, 04:48am by Howard Winn

    ... ribbons" or United Front organisations, "may perhaps help the Hong Kong and mainland governments meet their short-term objectives". However, the blatant triad involvement will cause ... office-bearers since the 1997 handover, with some even acquiring mainland recognition and titles.   A matter of licence The current political crisis has, for many, exposed the weaknesses of "one ...

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    Umbrella Movement is frittering away its gains

    Posted Oct 16th 2014, 05:51am by Howard Winn

    ... of government and international studies at Hong Kong Baptist University, was the most likely of the strategies to be employed by the mainland in dealing with the "Umbrella Movement". ... Hong Kong people to turn against the students. Stopping mainland tours was the first step in this process. The aim is to make the students appear extreme, isolated and uncaring about the rest ...

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    HSBC distances itself from David Eldon's blog

    Posted Oct 15th 2014, 05:11am by Howard Winn

    ... various schemes to undermine the triads and more vigorous police action to destabilise them. Now the message from the mainland is that the triads are an asset so long ...

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    MTR linked to company involved in CY Leung payments row

    Posted Oct 11th 2014, 04:09am by Howard Winn

    ... for hackers? Lanxiang Vocational School in Shandong is famous on the mainland for its computer training programmes and notorious overseas as the breeding ground for "China's secretive army ... reputation that state firms and government bodies are eager to hire its students. But is the school really as good as it is cracked up to be? Not if the reports of mainland newspapers ...

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    Trying to fake 'one country, two systems' won't work

    Posted Oct 09th 2014, 05:50am by Howard Winn

    ... Along with this there is a fear of Hong Kong being used as a base to subvert the party's control of the mainland. As a result, Beijing wants to have its own man in charge in Hong Kong. ... to the mainland authorities to rein in a disaffected population. There's no secret police here to speak of, you can't hold troublesome people in jail indefinitely or torture them until they see ...

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    Umbrella movement heading for an unhappy ending

    Posted Oct 07th 2014, 05:26am by Howard Winn

    ... it's hard to see the government holding meaningful talks about constitutional reform with the students. Indeed it is possible but unlikely the government will be allowed by the mainland ... The current unrest will have increased the mainland's distrust of Hong Kong. There is a view among some students that the established politicians have had 20 years to achieve political reform ...




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