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  1. Russia comes close second to United States in skilled labour

    Posted Nov 27th 2007, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... are actively at work. Unsurprisingly, the United States is at the top of the league table with 35 million skilled people out of a population of about 300 million. Surprisingly, Russia is close behind, ... More on Russia. The general election for Russia's parliament- the State Duma of the Federal Assembly- will be held on Sunday. Russian citizens residing or visiting Hong Kong can vote ...

  2. ... but state media still takes some shots at Washington

    Posted Nov 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Teddy Ng State media yesterday accused the United States of ignoring the real causes of its economic woes and faulted US President Barack Obama for 'scapegoating' Beijing with complaints about China's currency and trade policies. A commentary by Xinhua was among the most strongly worded state-media responses to the just-concluded Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation ...

  3. No room for dual identity in one-party state's embrace

    Posted Jan 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... The Internationale is sung at state events. Few people pay attention to the song's words about 'uniting the human race'. But they were sung with equal vigour in the old Soviet Union, ... a double-barrelled national identity, which makes them Chinese Americans or Irish Americans and so on. Anyone who turned on these people and tried to question their loyalty to the United States would ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - HUMAN RIGHTS

    Hong Kong beats UK, US on 'human freedom' index

    Posted Jan 10th 2013, 12:00am by Stuart Lau

    ... Stuart Lau stuart.lau@scmp.com HK beats UK, US on freedom list Hong Kong ranks third-best globally for "human freedom", topping such well-established democracies as the United States and United Kingdom, according to the research from the Fraser Institute, a Canadian think tank. The mainland stood at 100th. The city was the star performer for economic freedom- scoring ...

  5. Beijing brings HK into line on state immunity

    Posted Aug 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... dispute between the Democratic Republic of Congo and United States-based fund FG Hemisphere Associates. Congo claimed it was immune from prosecution in Hong Kong, triggering the argument ... It's official: in its first interpretation of the Basic Law requested by the Hong Kong courts, Beijing concluded that the city must follow the mainland's law on state immunity. ...

  6. Legal experts divided on state immunity issue

    Posted Jun 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... out by the state are free from prosecution. It is a signatory of the 2004 United Nations Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and Their Property, which acknowledges the doctrine ... Fanny W. Y. Fung, Enoch Yiu and Tanna Chong Should the Democratic Republic of Congo enjoy absolute state immunity? The question is bound to raise a new debate on the mainland, where ...

  7. Retail growth in HK expected to slow to 1.3pc

    Posted Dec 14th 2010, 12:00am by Sophie Yu

    ... is the world's second-largest retail market after the United States. 'We believe very strongly that China will lead regional retail growth. Collectively, Asia's retail sectors are growing ... this year through 2014, says a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Economist Intelligence Unit. Hong Kong's market is, however, expected to maintain an annual average growth of 2 per cent ...

  8. A class apart

    Posted Feb 05th 2011, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... Albert Cheng taipan@albertcheng.hk We can't put a price on education, and we certainly can't measure value for money, the way we do for other goods, when it comes to providing high-quality education for our children. The fee rises by the English ...

  9. Business - Companies - ANALYSIS

    Citic's mega takeover deal comes as win-win for Beijing and Hong Kong

    Posted Mar 28th 2014, 01:40am by George Chen

    ... and London, given the economic recovery in the United States and the euro zone since the 2008 global financial crisis. After the deal is completed, Citic Group is supposed to move its headquarters ... George Chen george.chen@scmp.com Acquisition marks mainland's resolve to reform state sector while boosting the city's hub status Citic takeover deal comes as win-win for Beijing ...

  10. The church and the state

    Posted Mar 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Sara Yin

    ... be elected by the public.' A strict separation between church and state is rare anywhere. In the United States, France and Turkey, the constitutions cite a distinct separation. For instance, ... and whether religion should be allowed to influence government. The phrase 'separation of church and state' is a western principal declaring that religion and government should not interfere ...




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