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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Poor economic signals add to sense of danger in Hong Kong

    Posted Oct 09th 2014, 04:45am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Economic picture raises risk factor The outlook for Hong Kong's economy has darkened, and it's not just because of Occupy Central and an impending constitutional ... Monetary Fund has warned of a 4-in-10 chance that the euro zone will slide into a recession. If so, it will be the third time since the financial crisis. In its twice-yearly World Economic Outlook ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1612280/poor-economic-signals-add-sense-danger-hong-kong
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Purchase of foreign properties by Chinese is investment, not invasion

    Posted Oct 08th 2014, 05:06am by SCMP Editorial

    ... co-founder of Soho China, took a stake in the General Motors Building. The latter two purchases, for a combined US$1.4 billion, made Chinese the biggest buyers of New York City office property. With Chinese investors in 2013 purchasing an estimated US$13.9 billion in foreign commercial real estate, more than four times the total of the previous four years, what is taking place seems more like ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1611651/purchase-foreign-properties-chinese-investment-not-invasion
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Caution about Hong Kong's economic outlook is warranted

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 04:29am by SCMP Editorial

    ... stressed that the "through train" has risks and the economy could come under pressure, particularly the property market, should the US raise interest rates. Share prices have been lifted by hot money from overseas to bet on the cross-border trading scheme; quick profit-taking could cause markets to plunge. Tsang has forecast a gloomy economic outlook that could be exacerbated ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1573098/caution-about-hong-kongs-economic-outlook-warranted
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    End abuse of public housing

    Posted Oct 22nd 2014, 05:29am by SCMP Editorial

    ... levels. It is only fair for those who can afford private housing to move out. The government can provide more incentives for them to purchase their own properties by providing more flats under ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1621596/politicians-and-officials-must-act-end-abuse-public-housing
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    US and China must keep politics out of business

    Posted Oct 20th 2014, 05:08am by SCMP Editorial

    ... of a US asset by a Chinese buyer. But the terms, not the amount, were what caught the attention of officials. Hilton will run the property for the next 100 years and an extensive renovation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1620143/us-and-china-must-keep-politics-out-business
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Trend towards building smaller flats is not a healthy sign

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 04:20am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Trend to smaller flats not healthy There is at least one important way in which the government's campaigns to increase flat supply and crack down on property speculation has succeeded. Developers who used to make a killing selling so-called luxury properties are switching to small flats since anti-speculation measures like the double stamp duty were ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1592662/trend-towards-building-smaller-flats-not-healthy-sign
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Speeding up urban renewal is in the public interest

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 05:51am by SCMP Editorial

    ... in strategy, the Urban Renewal Authority two years ago began allowing property owners to initiate redevelopment proposals. While the support of owners of two-thirds of units in a building is required ... is part of any negotiation. Property owners have every right to maximise their gains. But they have to be realistic at the same time. If the majority is happy with the authority's offer, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1590468/speeding-urban-renewal-public-interest
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Relax labour laws to help city

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 05:11am by SCMP Editorial

    ... developers and contractors have seized on it to renew calls to relax rules on importing labour, arguing that shortages were helping raise construction costs and property prices. A recent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1589567/relaxing-labour-importation-laws-will-benefit-hong-kong
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    After easy re-election, Macau leader now faces many challenges

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 05:06am by SCMP Editorial

    ... revenues, he no longer enjoys the social harmony his predecessor did. Economic growth and speedy development have brought with them a host of problems. Property prices have rocketed fivefold since ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1584012/after-easy-re-election-macau-leader-now-faces-many
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    New Territories villagers must play by the rules

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 03:14am by SCMP Editorial

    ... as infringing on private property rights. In a protest against development restrictions in northern Lantau, angry villagers bulldozed an ecologically sensitive mangrove in front of media cameras ... been flattened. The row underlines the conflict between conservation and property rights. If the villagers think their rights are unreasonably restricted, they can make representations ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1580942/new-territories-villagers-must-play-rules

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