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  1. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Unpaid property taxes piling up in law firms a risk as Legco delays stamp duty bill, John Tsang claims

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:43am by Patsy Moy, Emily Tsang

    ... Patsy Moy and Emily Tsang Finance chief says property levies piling up at law firms while lawmakers are filibustering Tsang frets over delay to stamp duty bill's passage Law firms ... circumstances in the property market. However, a senior conveyancing lawyer said the professional code of conduct required law firms to keep a separate account for their clients' money. ...

  2. News - China - POLITICS

    Rule of law and rule by party can coexist, party scholar says

    Posted Oct 21st 2014, 04:37am by Teddy Ng

    ... Teddy Ng in Beijing teddy.ng@scmp.com Rule of law and party rule can coexist, scholar says The rule of law does not conflict with the Communist Party's rule because the country's ... a closed-door gathering expected to underscore the rule of law and anti-corruption efforts. The four-day meeting would debate a draft decision of the party's Central Committee on "major issues ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Law to affirm double stamp duty passed, 17 months after levy came in

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 04:15am by PHILE SIU, Ada Lee

    ... Phila Siu and Ada Lee The extra tax, which has been levied on almost all property purchases since early last year, voted into law before Legco’s summer break Doubling of stamp duty at last passed Legislation doubling the stamp duty on most property purchases was finally passed by lawmakers last night, just before the Legislative Council enters its three-month summer recess. ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    China won't budge on Hong Kong poll decision, plenum statement shows

    Posted Oct 24th 2014, 06:30am by Andrea Chen

    ... of "one country, two systems" and maintain the long-term prosperity of Hong Kong in accordance with law. Analysts said it suggested Beijing was unlikely to yield on its decision over Hong ... Academics said the remarks were in line with Beijing's stance on Hong Kong's political development- that electoral reform must be carried out within the framework of the Basic Law ...

  5. News - China - POLITICS

    Communist Party pledges greater role for constitution, rights in fourth plenum

    Posted Oct 24th 2014, 06:01am by LAURA ZHOU, Cary Huang

    ... also strengthen the NPC's mechanism to interpret the constitution. But the party stressed that its absolute leadership was at the core of rule by law, the main theme of the gathering. ... in the legislative process. While mainland media were quick to applaud the party's decisions, some legal scholars were more cautious. They said that despite the emphasis on rule of law, the party had ...

  6. News - China - POLITICS

    Communist Party elite give backing to Xi Jinping's drive for legal reforms

    Posted Oct 23rd 2014, 07:34pm by Teddy Ng, Cary Huang, Keira Lu Huang

    ... Teddy Ng in Beijing, Cary Huang and Keira Lu Huang Sweeping changes to govern country by law endorsed at meeting amid silence over security tsar and signs that Beijing won't back down in HK Party elite give backing to Xi's drive for legal reforms President Xi Jinping's call for sweeping reforms to govern the country by law was endorsed by Communist Party leaders ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Occupy protests must end- but Beijing won't use force, says ex-HK leader Tung Chee-hwa

    Posted Oct 24th 2014, 01:58pm by Gary Cheung

    ... people’s livelihood, the rule of law and had torn the community apart. “The occupation is approaching one month and now it’s the time to end it,” he said, adding that he was worried that the civil disobedience movement was spinning out of control. “The rule of law is the cornerstone of Hong Kong’s success. We can’t violate the rule of law while pursuing democracy,” Tung said. It was the first ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Beijing 'not behind leak of CY deal'

    Posted Oct 16th 2014, 04:41am by Joyce Ng, James Griffiths and Toh Han Shih

    ... the city's chief executive. UGL bought the insolvent DTZ Holdings for £77.5 million in late 2011. The property services firm was listed in London and Leung was a director. A side deal arose from ... prosecution under the common law.  "He may have committed the common law offence of 'misconduct in public office,' because when he was elected chief executive the contract was still ...

  9. News - China - POLITICS

    Plenum's lack of action on Zhou Yongkang suggests party divisions, analysts say

    Posted Oct 24th 2014, 06:01am by Keira Lu Huang, Andrea Chen, Minnie Chan

    ... time to prepare for a trial based on 'rule by law'," Hong Kong-based political commentator Johnny Lau Yui-siu said. "Given previous cases, the Central Commission ... resistance" within the party. "That's why many legal reform schemes that he plans to introduce, such as setting up administrative courts and further dismantling the politics and law ...

  10. News - China - POLITICS

    Communist Party plenum faces challenges to legal reform

    Posted Oct 20th 2014, 06:02am by Reuters, AP

    ... Staff Reporter and Agencies in Beijing Key party meeting faces challenges to legal reform Officials' attitudes could be a challenge for Beijing's push for governing by law, state ... people perceived legal reforms, quoted an anonymous Heilongjiang official saying that it was people's lack of respect for the rule of law that stood in the way of reform. It added ...




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