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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Cultural district's bike-hire plan could be start of a revolution in cycling

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 04:33am by SCMP Editorial

    ... a problem. A global study by an international consultancy has found that Hong Kong's public transport is the most advanced urban mobility system in the world. Interestingly, however, it found ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Maoming chemical plant failed to build trust with residents

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 03:57am by SCMP Editorial

    ... perceived harmful pollutants have caused authorities to cancel plans to build facilities in a number of cities, Xiamen, Ningbo and Dalian among them. Authorities in Maoming in Guangdong now face the same dilemma after demonstrations that have found support in Guangzhou and Shenzhen. They would not have faced such opposition had they been transparent and honest about plans. Mindful ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    The devil is in the detail of China's urbanisation blueprint

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 04:09am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Devil in detail of urbanisation plan China's long-awaited urbanisation blueprint raises the proportion of urban residents from about 54 per cent of the population to 60 per cent by 2020. This will still lag urbanisation rates in developed countries. But moving about 100 million people from rural areas into tier-two and three cities and giving them urban ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Citic Group's plan opens door to greater economic reforms

    Posted Apr 06th 2014, 03:55am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Citic plan opens door to reform As one of China's first state-owned enterprises run on quasi-market principles, Citic Group was at the forefront of the nation's economic reforms under Deng Xiaoping. Now the conglomerate looks set to replay its role in the reform of state-owned giants by planning to inject almost all its assets into its Hong Kong-listed ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Everyone must make sacrifices if Hong Kong is to hit flats target

    Posted Mar 19th 2014, 04:09am by SCMP Editorial

    ... and a small park. This follows objections from Sham Shui Po District Council to rezoning a green belt site for housing. Similarly, the government has given up on an unpopular plan to convert ... to the neighbourhoods. Over the years, much of the urban area has already been built up. It is difficult to find a place where development will not affect the environment or people. Understandably, no one wants ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Schools or homes, city planners must strike a balance

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 04:43am by SCMP Editorial

    ... the Town Planning Board retained the zoning for educational purposes in a six-day closed hearing. Meanwhile, the Education Bureau had revealed interest in building a 24-classroom special-needs ... a part in the demise of the flats plan. Given the shortage of schools to cater for legitimate special needs, it is to be hoped that public sentiment does not weigh unduly against the Education ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong must stop dodging issue of an archives law

    Posted Mar 26th 2014, 05:12am by SCMP Editorial

    ... are in place to protect citizens' right to information. There is an unequivocal case for Hong Kong to follow. Yet officials continue to dodge the pressure with a study by the Law Reform ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    When it comes to sports, Hong Kong is losing race to Singapore

    Posted Mar 05th 2014, 04:12am by SCMP Editorial

    ... mere ideas on the drawing board. Project planning began as early as 2008, followed by a feasibility study. Sadly, five years have passed and officials are still seeking lawmakers' approval ... cities are often seen as racing against each other. Adding to the long list of competition is sports development. After years of planning and construction, the S$1.33 billion (HK$8.16 billion) ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    China's defence spending only natural, but it must explain why

    Posted Mar 09th 2014, 04:02am by SCMP Editorial

    ... pirates and is steadily raising its profile in the wake of overseas natural disasters. With the need to modernise and expand capability, this year's planned 12.2 per cent rise in defence ... International Institute for Strategic Studies noted last month, "the growth of defence budgets is accelerating and military procurements are rising". But it also indicated that while most ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Now all John Tsang has to do is come up with a long-term fiscal plan

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 04:06am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Now Tsang needs a long-term plan The public could be excused for feeling unimpressed by yesterday's budget. With fewer sweeteners and a less rosy forecast, ... with a prescription. It confuses things further when there appears to be no clear plan to curb public spending or raise revenues in the long run. Tsang ended his speech with a quote from philosopher Edmund ...




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