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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Land prices in Beijing cool despite government’s best efforts

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 12:28pm by Langi Chiang

    ... high. "The correction in the land market seriously lagged behind that in the housing market in the first half," Vanke board secretary Tan Huajie said. Data from the Ministry of Land and Resources showed the average land price in 105 major cities in the April-June period fell year on year for the first time after rises in the previous six quarters. Quarter on quarter, the average ...

  2. Comment - Letters

    Preservationists must accept extinction as a natural occurrence

    Posted Sep 14th 2014, 04:39am by LETTERS

    ... they lock up land, sea and mineral resources, prohibit development and oppose water conservation. And now, in a vain attempt to preserve the climate of the recent past, they are crippling our energy ... Preservationists must accept extinction is a natural occurrence In the great Permian extinction, about 250 million years ago, about 95 per cent of ocean dwellers and 70 per cent of land ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Talking points

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 04:20am by STAFF

    ... and Hopewell Holdings chairman Gordon Wu Ying-sheung. The issue is topical as rising prices have put housing beyond the reach of many Hong Kong youngsters. The government is making more land available ... the Russian annexation of Crimea. The Russian foreign ministry said the exercise could damage peace talks between Kiev and the pro-Russian separatist rebels as the gesture signals Nato's ...

  4. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Housing- not science- is the best use of land at Science Park's fourth phase

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 04:42am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp A successful Science Park requires us to be larger and more vertically integrated in technology Housing- not science- is the best use of phase 4 land Hi-tech ways ... hi-tech industry, which actually only survives because it is kept alive in a perpetual government cradle. Residential development is by far the best idea for that Science Park Phase 4 land ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    China's rail diplomacy has huge potential for the nation and allies

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 05:03am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Huge potential for rail diplomacy Railways may be the oldest form of mass land transport, but they will be on the mind when President Xi Jinping begins a visit to India ... issues are magnified by distance, geography and the number of countries involved. That said, cross-border high-speed rail is more than a practical tool of China's resources diplomacy. It has ...

  6. News - China - PEARL BRIEFING

    A textbook case of thwarted academic independence?

    Posted Sep 06th 2014, 04:30am by Li Jing

    ... outstanding talent, despite the wealth of money and resources poured into the system? Zhu's answer was that the existing education system focused too much on textbooks and exams, leaving little ... debate and now means that those students will not receive a bachelor's degree accredited by the Ministry of Education when they graduate next year. With Zhu's tenure ending, many wonder ...

  7. Property - Comment - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Slow progress in housing reform adds to bubble fears in China

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 01:10am by Langi Chiang

    ... meeting was held in March, a leading work group was set up in April and a new Ministry of Land and Resources bureau was opened in May to take charge of the job. On the local level, at least 18 ... data about home ownership is vital. And that makes the ordinance the very first cornerstone of reform. The missed deadline indicates a lack of consensus among policymakers. The Ministry of Land ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    High property prices boost appeal of office refurbishment

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 03:39pm by William Taam

    ... that Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore are among the Asian cities that promise relatively high returns for office building refurbishment investments. A shortage of commercial land in strategic ... Resources Building in Hong Kong, with market values of the buildings increased by the investments in office refurbishment. However, such investment should be executed with different strategies ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Short-term pain ahead as China pushes on with economic reforms

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 02:53pm by DAVID LIAO

    ... challenges. The government has the resources to avoid a hard landing, but delaying reforms would in itself pose a risk to the long-term health of the economy. The time frame for significant reforms ... by the more complex economy they helped create. The result has been increasing misallocation of resources and growing imbalances within the financial sector. The solution is to allow market forces ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Put the land back in Hong Kong farmers' hands

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 05:05pm by FEINI TUANG

    ... Feini Tuang Feini Tuang urges reconsideration of our policy of treating farmland as a resource for building rather than for growing food, thereby missing an opportunity to practise more ... and leads the world in the trend towards greater integration of goods and services, technology and capital. Its resource consumption is equally globalised. With an ecological footprint 150 times ...




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