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  1. News - China

    US expresses concern over secret trial of GSK investigators in China

    Posted Jul 05th 2014, 04:02am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Shanghai Drugmaker bribery scandal takes political turn after China bars diplomats from court US concern over secrettrial of GSK investigators The United States has expressed ... on August 7. The US concerns, voiced by its embassy in Beijing, adds a political dimension to the trial, which could become another thorny issue between the two powers. "We are concerned ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1547058/us-expresses-concern-over-secret-trial-gsk-investigators-china
  2. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Little political consensus on how a party finance law might work

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 03:42am by JEFFIE LAM, SARAH KARACS

    ... Jeffie Lam and Sarah Karacs After huge donations from Jimmy Lai came to light, reformers are again seeking more transparency- but few politicians are willing to embrace it Little political ... to make political parties' financing more transparent. But with parties across the political spectrum reluctant to open their books, consensus on how to regulate donations such as those from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1558406/little-political-consensus-how-party-finance-law-might-work
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    No mystery as to how Hong Kong's political reform tale will end

    Posted Jun 09th 2014, 03:25am by Mike Rowse

    ... Mike Rowse Mike Rowse says moderates from DAB and pan-democrats hold the key No mystery as to how HK's political reform tale will end When you have eliminated the impossible," Sherlock Holmes told Dr Watson, "whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." Applying the same logic to the political reform situation in Hong Kong, it is now possible ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1528125/no-mystery-how-hong-kongs-political-reform-tale-will-end
  4. Business - Money - LISTINGS

    Alibaba expected to receive US approval for IPO despite federal commission warnings

    Posted Jul 12th 2014, 12:52am by BLOOM

    ... to be approved for IPO Alibaba Group's proposal for what could be the largest initial stock offering in US history is sailing through Washington with few bumps. While a federal commission has warned ... a collective shrug. Alibaba owes its success navigating Washington's political shoals in part to a handful of key hires over the past three years. The Hangzhou-based company retained a lobbying ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1552350/alibaba-expected-receive-us-approval-ipo-despite
  5. News - China - INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

    China, US investment treaty talks set to dominate Beijing summit

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 04:40am by Teddy Ng

    ... Teddy Ng in Beijing teddy.ng@scmp.com Investment treaty talks to take priority at summit Chinese and US officials have said negotiations on a treaty that aims to open up investment in both ... round of negotiations for the US-China bilateral agreement on granting China's access to the WTO. "And it was clear to me that Premier Zhu (Rongji) and President Jiang (Zemin) were ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1549853/china-us-investment-treaty-talks-set-dominate-beijing-summit
  6. News - Asia - CORRUPTION

    US gun maker Smith & Wesson fined US$2m for bribery overseas

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 10:04pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington US gun maker fined for bribery US gun maker Smith & Wesson has agreed to pay US$2 million in fines for bribing officials in Indonesia, Pakistan and other countries to gain sales deals. The US Securities and Exchange Commission accused the company, whose hand guns are popular in law enforcement and military services, of facilitating bribes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1562103/us-gun-maker-smith-wesson-fined-us2m-bribery-overseas
  7. News - China - BILATERAL TIES

    US spying allegations are serious, Angela Merkel tells Beijing audience

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 01:42pm

    ... to comment on the arrest of a 31-year-old employee of Germany’s BND foreign intelligence agency. According to intelligence and political sources, the man admits passing documents to a US contact. ... Reuters in Beijing German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday allegations that a German man worked as a double agent for US intelligence were serious and, if true, were a clear ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1548612/merkel
  8. News - World - CONSTRUCTION

    Nicaragua canal, a Chinese tycoon and an unanswered US$50b question

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 12:04am by NYT

    ... and the US$50b question The Chinese tycoon behind a plan to build a mammoth inter-oceanic waterway to compete with the Panama Canal flew into Nicaragua this week and, in several appearances, including ... of US$50 billion? And is China's hidden hand at play? Ortega, in his appearance on Tuesday night, cast the project as unstoppable and historically inevitable. He held up a fraying blue-bound ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1551234/nicaragua-canal-chinese-tycoon-and-unanswered-us50b-question
  9. News - World - GERMANY

    Merkel says US-German trust is at stake in double-agent case

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 09:40pm by AFP

    ... Agencies in Berlin US-German trust at stake in spying row Chancellor Angela Merkel says allegations that a German intelligence agent sold documents to the US risks undermining trust ... if suspicions were confirmed. "We haven't finished clearing this up yet. But if suspicions are confirmed that American secret services were involved, it will become a political issue," he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1549113/merkel-says-us-german-trust-stake-double-agent-case
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    How Legco president got us safely through budget filibuster

    Posted Jun 09th 2014, 03:25am by Alice Wu

    ... Alice Wu Alice Wu praises the Legco president for deftly guiding proceedings to allow the marathon budget filibuster yet limit its disruptions Cool head We see so much bad politics ... executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's "friend-or-foe" governance approach. That has to be one of the worst. He somehow saw partisanship as an answer to the "political, economic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1528122/how-legco-president-got-us-safely-through-budget-filibuster

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