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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Courage needed to undertake political reforms

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 05:16am by SCMP Editorial

    ... a missed opportunity for political reform, and lamenting that if the party had promoted the liberalisation championed by his father and fellow deposed party chief Zhao Ziyang, China might not now ... to Hu's former residence at the weekend to pay tribute. Fighting corruption is good. But to rein it in and put the nation on the right path, China needs to undertake political reforms that make ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    More talks vital to narrow divide on political reform

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 05:18am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial More talks vital to narrow divide The lawmakers' trip to Shanghai concluded as expected, without a breakthrough on political reform. This was hardly surprising, given ... it is a matter of their freedom of expression. Unfortunately, June 4 remains a political taboo on the mainland and items that go against the official version are banned. As the exchange is aimed ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Beijing officials, Hong Kong pan-democrats no closer after holding talks on political reform in Shanghai

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 06:21am by Tony Cheung, JEFFIE LAM

    ... Tony Cheung and Jeffie Lam in Shanghai The two sides exchange gifts with pointed political messages before liaison office chief promises to hold further talks with lawmakers Beijing, ... copies of the Basic Law, the city's mini-constitution. Fung gave Wang a box containing three tracks, to symbolise the Alliance for True Democracy's demand that the public, political ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Above all, political reform plan must be realistic

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 07:21pm by ANDREW LEUNG

    ... Andrew Leung Andrew Leung says it's time for all sides of the political reform debate to realise they will have to compromise and satisfy some of the interests of others if Hong Kong ... without responsibility is the Achilles' heel of Hong Kong's political parties. As any electoral reform proposals need to secure two-thirds support in the Legislative Council, a strong ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Don't waste this chance for real dialogue on political reform in Shanghai

    Posted Apr 10th 2014, 05:07pm by DENNIS KWOK

    ... Dennis Kwok Dennis Kwok says democratic lawmakers heading to Shanghai must ensure that, unlike in 2005, they don't waste the opportunity to begin genuine dialogue on political reform ... in Hong Kong were invited to visit the mainland. It was also at a time when Hong Kong was engaged in discussions on constitutional reform and the possibility of introducing universal suffrage ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - ELECTORAL REFORM

    We don't need foreign help with political reform, says Carrie Lam

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 04:05am by Tanna Chong, JEFFIE LAM

    ... Tanna Chong and Jeffie Lam Chief Secretary warns against foreign meddling as pan-democrats continue hunger-strike protest We're wise enough to handle our reform: Lam Hong Kong ... of the original 17 hunger strikers have given up. Lam yesterday also commented on an electoral reform proposal put forward by a group of 18 academics, saying it "has not violated the Basic Law". ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    It's time to drop Hong Kong's political reform sideshows

    Posted Mar 25th 2014, 05:05am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Time to drop political reform sideshows The more uncompromising pan-democrats have made public nomination their be-all-and-end-all. Mainland authorities have ... from public nomination, which we already know will not fly with Beijing and will never get the votes needed to pass in the legislature. Reasonable people on both sides of the political divide ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    HKU constitutional expert urges pragmatism on political reform

    Posted Mar 22nd 2014, 04:28am by JEFFIE LAM

    ... 'not essential' A University of Hong Kong academic who has helped troubled states create democratic constitutions has called for pragmatism over the city's political reform. Professor ... and political experts who participated in a roundtable on reform organised by HKU on Thursday, where they put forward a set of guiding principles on electoral methods that met international standards. ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Pan-democrats agonise over Shanghai invitation to discuss political reform

    Posted Mar 17th 2014, 05:05am by JEFFIE LAM, Tony Cheung

    ... Jeffie Lam and Tony Cheung Pan-democrats agonise over Shanghai invite To go or not to go to Shanghai for talks with central government officials on political reform? That is the vexed ... affairs, on March 6 set the parameters for the city's political reform by saying Hong Kong should not copy Western election models in implementing universal suffrage. The state leader said ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - POLITICAL REFORM

    Political reform consultation fails the test of open debate

    Posted Dec 31st 2013, 10:40am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching Frank Ching says a close reading of the political reform consultation document gives the lie to officials' promise of open-mindedness Inside job The public consultation on political reform is in some ways reminiscent of an exercise launched by the British colonial government in 1987 on whether there should be direct elections in 1988. Both were intended to show ...




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