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  1. Wealth divide has roots in land policy

    Posted Nov 08th 2009, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring Few things are more absurd than government comments on the property market. Most of the time, officials claim they do not interfere with it, that prices find their own ... huge numbers - not just the cage dwellers - paying through the nose for abysmal housing. Philip Bowring is a Hong Kong-based journalist and commentator ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/697687/wealth-divide-has-roots-land-policy
  2. Arrogance and fear drives currency policy

    Posted Nov 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring What drives China's currency policy? Is it arrogance, fear or a mix of the two? At present, China is behaving like a rogue state, the only significant trading country ... shown that domestic considerations trump international ones. If its carries on in this way, China should expect the retaliation it deserves. Philip Bowring is a Hong Kong-based journalist ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/699092/arrogance-and-fear-drives-currency-policy
  3. Rule by gesture, not meaningful policy

    Posted Oct 25th 2009, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring Gesture politics by the administration of Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has reached a new low. Meanwhile, the implementation of policies announced long ago continues ... or having their arms twisted by local conglomerates? Philip Bowring is a Hong Kong-based journalist and commentator ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/696438/rule-gesture-not-meaningful-policy
  4. Smoke and ire

    Posted Sep 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring Forget about the US-China tyre war for a moment. Bilateral relations can also be about tiny things - like cloves. Since the election of President Barack Obama, foreign ... by all the multinational tobacco giants like Philip Morris and British American Tobacco (BAT). Those companies do not manufacture kretek cigarettes in the US, nor import them in any significant ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/693325/smoke-and-ire
  5. US power not all it's cracked up to be

    Posted Oct 11th 2009, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring Forget China's October 1 display of military might. Forget that the G20 now gets more attention than the G7. Forget the devastation wrought on Western economies ... rapidly - as it did following the ousting of the Shah, a friend of Israel. Middle East enmity is about a much more difficult issue - land. Philip Bowring is a Hong Kong-based journalist ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/695063/us-power-not-all-its-cracked-be
  6. Age of unreason

    Posted Sep 09th 2009, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring The selfishness of the upper echelons of the civil service, from which come the chief executive, the financial secretary and other apparatchiks, never ceases to amaze. ... the ladder, doing a brief stint at a senior post then retiring on a suitably fattened pension. Senior Government Officers Association vice-chairman Philip Kwok Chi-tak admitted as much. 'Having ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/691953/age-unreason
  7. Compromises render drug tests all but useless

    Posted Sep 07th 2009, 12:00am by Philip Yeung

    ... Philip Yeung By caving in to discordant voices from the misguided, the government has doomed the drug-testing programme for students to early failure. The same tiresome buzz words ... else. A bigger headache for the government may already be in the making. Philip Yeung is a Hong Kong-based university editor. philipkcyeung2@yahoo.com ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/691715/compromises-render-drug-tests-all-useless
  8. A myopic world view through the Han lens

    Posted Jul 16th 2009, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring Recent issues, from the tragic to the banal, should remind Hong Kong as well as the mainland that international respect in a globalised world requires the rejection ... focus on the non-Hans meeting in the open air. Philip Bowring is a Hong Kong-based journalist and commentator ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/686953/myopic-world-view-through-han-lens
  9. Big winners

    Posted Aug 25th 2009, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring The Hong Kong government claims to be helping develop new engines of economic growth. But its actual policies are handing outsized profits to a favoured few at the expense ... on raw, dynamic capitalism. That is being throttled by a bureaucratic pseudo-capitalism that is no less unequal, but much less effective, in creating wealth. Philip Bowring is a Hong Kong-based ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/690594/big-winners
  10. Medium of tedium

    Posted Jun 29th 2009, 12:00am by Philip Yeung

    ... Philip Yeung Of all teachers' sins, the most unpardonable is to be boring. Boredom is anti-learning and anti-life. Among the young and restless, boredom often mutates into social ... rewarded and socially recognised, for in their hands lies the future of this city. Philip Yeung is a Hong Kong-based university editor. philipkcyeung2@yahoo.com ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/685187/medium-tedium

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