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  1. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Seize the day or miss the boat in dialogue with Beijing

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 05:56am by Tammy Tam

    ... Is this "too late" claim merely a test from Beijing? Or does it really mean the golden opportunity to bargain for more has slipped by? Doubtless, the public wants both sides to keep up ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Picking sides in the battle for reform

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 04:54am by Tammy Tam

    ... Appointment System stipulates that appointees "shall not sign or procure signatures to any public petition against the actions or proposals of the government". Leung explained ... with one public opinion over another. Former top government adviser Professor Lau Siu-kai pointed out that the more than 700,000 people who favoured public nomination- which Beijing rejects- ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Hope for silver lining on cloud over reform

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 06:20am by Tammy Tam

    ... for not favouring public nomination; and some from the pro-establishment camp were upset he did not give a definite "no" to the controversial idea. There were various guesses as to why ... interesting developments last week. First, Lee Cheuk-yan, chairman of the pan-democratic Labour Party, said he still saw room for genuine universal suffrage since public nomination had not been ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Problems between Legco and Leung stretch to Beijing

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 05:57am by Tammy Tam

    ... to let him go. Since Tung quit, the public has come to believe they have the power to replace the chief executive by protesting, with the number of participants in the annual July 1 rally now ... Former premier Wen Jiabao used to urge the former chief executive, Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, to address deep-rooted problems such as widening inequality, as Beijing once believed the public could ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Leung Chun-ying sees virtue of well-placed aides in getting job done

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 04:53am by Tammy Tam

    ... as having a weak cabinet. Now, a clearer picture is emerging of a chief executive determined to place allies and aides in his inner circle. Recent appointments to four major public agencies sent out ... on good terms with Marvin Cheung Kin-tung, the man he replaced. Cheung stepped down suddenly on May 31, the same day that Lo's new job was announced, citing his health. He was diagnosed ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    PR stunt or interference, expect to see more of Zhang Xiaoming

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:43am by Tammy Tam

    ... Kong: the "national interests" always come first. So's trip to Beijing was one of many steps in the process. Any change to the scheme will involve numerous ministries- public ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Debate over white paper both necessary and natural

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 04:57am by Tammy Tam

    ... to Hongkongers. Neither was this the first time Beijing had decided to send its people to Hong Kong to convince the public of an important decision or policy. But there were seldom delays in the past. ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Macau may make more noise after perks bill U-turn

    Posted Jun 02nd 2014, 05:20am by Tammy Tam

    ... Tammy Tam Public backlash that forced dramatic backdown will have Beijing nervous about what comes next Macau may make more noise after perks bill U-turn Beijing officials in charge ... In a dramatic U-turn, Chief Executive Dr Fernando Chui Sai-on bowed to public pressure on Thursday and scrapped a contentious bill that would have granted lavish retirement packages to top officials. ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's vision for innovation bureau needs new approach in Legco

    Posted May 26th 2014, 05:31am by Tammy Tam

    ... Tammy Tam As chief executive pursues innovation bureau plan, he may end up bogged down by reality Leung's vision for innovation needs new approach at Legco With the budget filibuster dragging on in Legco, the government under pressure to avoid a looming fiscal cliff, and public opinion split, one person has been conspicuously absent amid all the drama- Chief Executive Leung ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    War over words speaks volumes about 'world city'

    Posted May 19th 2014, 05:07am by Tammy Tam

    ... their professional credentials, sometimes these non-Chinese hired for key public posts are understood to be vetted to ensure they do not have any local political affiliation or vested interests so ...




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