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  1. Local polls usher in key year in politics

    Posted Nov 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Lana Lam and Peter So Today's voting for district councillors marks the start of a politically charged year in which the city's next leader will be chosen and a new Legislative Council elected as the city enters its 15th year as a special administrative region of China. Political pundits expect between 30 and 40 per cent of the 2.9 million people eligible will vote ...

  2. When politics gets in the way of culture

    Posted Jun 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Simpson Cheung Simpson.cheung@scmp.com It's a daily pleasure for the elderly that often gets disrupted by politics. Every Wednesday RTHK Radio 5 broadcasts Chinese opera that elderly listeners enjoy. But because Legislative Council sessions overrun, the Chinese opera programmes are often rescheduled to run after the adjournment of the weekly meetings, much to the listeners' ...

  3. No crying: political rights are for adults only

    Posted Jan 05th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and political parties taking turns at the helm. But it may not work that well in our system, with the dissidents always in opposition. Our dissidents have spent their lifetimes doing nothing but saying ... or later it becomes a nuisance. In official circles, dissidents have become an acute pain in the neck, but it is politically incorrect to say so. Local officials are increasingly standing up ...

  4. The peak of a 25-year political career

    Posted Mar 16th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Fanny W. Y. Fung Once seen as a pro-Britain figure in the colonial era, Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai has now joined Communist China's most powerful body, 25 years after her political life began. In 1983, Mrs Fan was appointed as a legislative councillor, becoming an executive councillor in 1989. But her opposition to former governor Chris Patten's political reform proposal ...

  5. Political Animal

    Posted Mar 06th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... his imminent retirement. 'Whatever happens, I'll get the job done. Whoever succeeds me will do better than me,' Mr Chen said. Walking HK's political tightrope ... mainland politics. Since Peng Qinghua, a deputy director of the central government's liaison office in Hong Kong, joined his boss Gao Siren at a meeting of Hong Kong deputies to the National ...

  6. How to confuse a clear-cut political case

    Posted Dec 20th 2007, 12:00am by Joseph Cheng

    ... It drew heavily on this year's public consultation on political reform, and noted that more than half of Hongkongers surveyed support universal suffrage in 2012. But the report, ... Joseph Cheng Yu-shek is a professor of political science at City University of Hong Kong ...

  7. Political Animal

    Posted Jan 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hongkongers are mature politically,' Mr Cheng said. 'But then they said people have voted for the pro-Beijing candidates because of the petty favours and benefits allegedly offered ...

  8. Business wants say in political structure

    Posted Oct 10th 2007, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung

    ... it was reasonable to expect universal suffrage for the chief executive election no later than 2017 if eight conditions could be met. These include a regulatory framework for political parties, a network of thriving policy think-tanks as well as sufficient representation of the business sector in the political structure. The chamber agreed that including district councillors could enhance ...

  9. Political Animal

    Posted Nov 20th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Tempers fray over long wait for results Waiting for results is agonising, but especially bad when one knows there will only be shame at the end. That was the situation Liberal Party legislator Tommy Cheung Yu-yan faced yesterday morning, before he stormed ...

  10. Political Animal

    Posted Jul 26th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... politics'- a topic normally under the portfolio of the chief secretary. The story gets better, though, because Mr Tsang and Henry Tang Ying-yen, the new chief secretary, have been named as future ...




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