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  1. Legal moves cast doubt on political reform plan

    Posted Nov 04th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Tze-wei While the Communist Party has made it clear that Chinese political reform will take place only in its own way and at its own pace, two recent legislative amendments have raised questions about whether this homespun style of political change is leading anywhere. Last week the National People's Congress' Standing Committee passed amendments to the Village Committee ...

  2. Politics outweighs business in listing a state enterprise

    Posted Jun 12th 2010, 12:00am by Shirley Yam

    ... but the United States and Hong Kong stock markets have lost more than 10 per cent from this year's peaks, and the clouds over Europe remain thick and dark. On top of this, the month-long World Cup ... pricing. It is a process that involves more than 20 steps, going through the State Council and a handful of ministries. Each step is about political manoeuvring and compromise. Once the plan ...

  3. Public Eye

    Posted May 26th 2010, 12:00am by Michael Chugani

    ... last week's revision of the state's curriculum, history books will have a totally different definition of the slave trade. Children will be taught there was no such thing as the slave ... senator John Cornyn. He isn't exactly a towering political figure. But our rulers up in Beijing might want to note, for future use, what Cornyn and his fellow Republican, Arizona senator John ...

  4. A state of total dependence

    Posted Dec 12th 2010, 12:00am by Andrew Salmon

    ... northeastern flank against Japan, and more recently, the United States. Chinese troops fought in Korea in the 16th and 19th centuries, and older South Koreans remember it was Chinese intervention ... do not take care of the well-being of the people, so economic growth is not as important as in other countries.' On the question of political influence, others disagree. Stating his ...

  5. Government does U-turn on landfill plan

    Posted Oct 07th 2010, 12:00am by Gary Cheung

    ... adviser Ma Yiu-tim challenged the Department of Justice's grounds for such a claim, saying it was unconstitutional. Lawmakers are proposing a resolution, supported by five political parties, ...

  6. Key questions go unanswered in draft changes to state secrets law

    Posted Feb 25th 2010, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... it limits state secrets to 'matters concerning national security and interests; that if exposed, could cause harm to national security and interests in the areas of politics, economy ... Will Clem in Shanghai Mainland lawmakers have completed the second draft of revisions to the controversial Protection of State Secrets Law, apparently in time for the changes ...

  7. Unicom denies link to takeover of Nigeria's state telecoms group

    Posted Feb 23rd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... involved in the proposed privatisation.' Unicom added that parent firm China United Network Communications Group has also informed the Hong Kong-listed company that 'it has ... contradicting a public announcement made by the Nigerian government. Officials from the West African state had earlier declared the winning bidder, New Generation Telecommunications, comprised Unicom, ...

  8. Some more crazy ideas for replacing the HK dollar peg

    Posted Dec 30th 2010, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... solution- advanced repeatedly by John Greenwood, who devised the existing peg- is that it is both too opaque and too political. It is opaque because the exact composition of the basket is kept secret. And it is political because decisions about when to switch the direction of crawl, say from a loosening bias to a neutral or tightening bias, are politically sensitive. That means ...

  9. United front is best path of persuasion on Iran

    Posted Jun 14th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the United States and the UN Security Council. Instead he appeared at the World Expo to smooth over Tehran's initial anger at Beijing's failure to use its power of veto to block fresh ... Iran's President Mahmood Ahmadinejad went to Shanghai last week to praise China, not to pour scorn on it for backing the latest round of United Nations sanctions on his country. He ...

  10. State leader mounts new assault on 'referendum'

    Posted Jan 20th 2010, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung, Gary Cheung

    ... with Hong Kong and Macau members of the NPC and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. His comments came four days after the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs ... Fanny W. Y. Fung in Zhuhai, Gary Cheung and Ambrose Leung A state leader accused pan-democrats yesterday of showing disrespect for the Basic Law and the decision on a date for universal ...




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