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  1. Beijing sees a handy straw man in 'Occupy Wall Street' protests

    Posted Oct 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ed Zhang What do the Chinese people think of the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement as it spreads to many countries? What lessons can people learn and what ideas are they swapping with each other in the limited public sphere allowed by the central government? Last Monday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said Beijing had noticed the movement and its opinions, ...

  2. Beijing puts lid on toilet activist

    Posted Mar 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Raymond Li raymond.li@scmp.com Police have barred a university student behind the mainland's Occupy Men's Toilet Movement from leaving Beijing for the next two weeks, ... said officers from the Xinjiekou police station in the capital's central area visited her on Monday and warned her not to leave Beijing for two weeks. 'They told me not try to leave ...

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    The solution to Beijing's problems: move the capital to Hebei

    Posted Oct 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... It would not only greatly ease the problems Beijing is facing but also significantly boost economic development in Hebei. Almost all central government ministries and agencies occupy prime land ... resources have declined to 100 cubic metres, far lower than the internationally accepted standard of 1,000 cubic metres. This is one of the main reasons that the central government has decided ...

  4. Talking points

    Posted Oct 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... will first provide 'experience flights' until October 26 between Beijing and Guangzhou, and from October 27-29 between Beijing and Shanghai. Occupy Wall St protests spread across ... and elsewhere to join New York in the Occupy Wall Street movement. In Singapore, Occupy Raffles Place is planned to include a march to the Singapore Exchange building, despite police warnings against ...

  5. Talking points

    Posted Jun 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Court to evict Central Hospital The Sheng Kung Hui Foundation, which manages properties owned by the Anglican church, asks the High Court to order Hong Kong Central Hospital to move out of premises on Lower Albert Road, Central. The church gave the hospital three months' notice to leave in March 2010, but it failed to. The church announced plans in October 2009 to convert four ...

  6. We still don't know who to vote for

    Posted Mar 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... would 'elect a leader who enjoys support of the vast majority of the people'- a remark that some analysts suggested was a subtle indication of the central government's preference. ... also been careful to be neutral in their comments on the chief executive race, for fear that the central government will otherwise be seen as interfering in the process. 'We are feeling ...

  7. Blind activist 'under U.S. protection'

    Posted Apr 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... 200 times' during the escape, Hu said. Chen's friends and supporters say the blind activist has no intention of leaving the mainland and seeks direct dialogue with the central ... is occupied with its leadership transition now, and the Bo Xilai saga is already creating enough trouble in Beijing,' he said. Professor Sun Zhe, a specialist in US affairs at Tsinghua ...

  8. Issue of national law on housing splits political aides

    Posted Mar 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... positives,' he said. 'This could lead to problems such as power-for-money deals.' But Li Daokui, an academic adviser to the central bank, said unified rules would not help local governments ... second- or third-tier cities, a shocking number of housing projects sit idle'. 'It's not that a building is only half-occupied- the whole building has no residents. Some are even ...

  9. Beijing will prefer financial repression to liberalisation

    Posted Feb 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland Another day, another call for reform of the Chinese economy. Last Thursday, researchers at the central bank set out a programme for scrapping Beijing's restrictions ... is just a third that of private sector companies, and their returns on equity some 10 percentage points lower. Worse, by occupying administrative monopolies and by consuming a disproportionate ...

  10. Landlords call shots in Beijing office squeeze

    Posted Dec 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... skyline when he visited the capital city just before the opening of the Olympic Games in 2008. 'It will take 20 years to get them occupied,' he thought. Three years on, and Chiu confesses his pessimistic prediction was wrong. 'They are all occupied, and it is now difficult to find new office space in Beijing,' said Chiu, who was speaking at a real estate ...




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