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  1. Wedded bliss

    Posted Apr 08th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... A wedding may be the bride's big day but that doesn't mean the bridesmaids should not also shine. With this in mind, Vera Wang, the designer of choice for celebrity bridal wear, ... is the violet silk chiffon bias-cut gown with a plunging neckline, lavender waistband and wispy hem (right; HK$2,400). Vera Wang's Maids collection is available at White, 14/F, 1 Lan Kwai Fong, ...

  2. Imitating the boss has rewards - and pitfalls

    Posted Dec 31st 2007, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei In any government or corporate hierarchy, secretaries to executives or officials fall into a special category. Their ranks may be low and the work mundane as they huddle ... examples. For instance, in the final years of Deng Xiaoping , his secretary, Wang Ruilin , was the only official who could see Deng and conveyed his thoughts to other mainland leaders. Mr Wang sat ...

  3. Rival cities should co-operate to make Disneyland better for all

    Posted Dec 24th 2007, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei These days, Hong Kong Disneyland appears in urgent need of some magic to improve its own fortunes. That could come from two seemingly unlikely places: Shanghai and Beijing. Here's why. Ever since the Magic Kingdom opened its doors more than two years ago, it has been in the news for all sorts of wrong or controversial reasons: from the crowd control and ticketing ...

  4. Raise wages, cut taxes to boost consumption

    Posted Dec 17th 2007, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei For the past few years, Beijing has vowed to boost domestic consumption as a key engine of economic growth but achieved little success. The economy is mainly powered by investments and exports, to the increasing dismay of Washington and Brussels. This is likely to change next year, however, as the Beijing leadership will be under increasing pressure to find effective ...

  5. Beijing should legalise and regulate booming underground banks

    Posted Nov 26th 2007, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei The mainland leadership's embarrassing decision to impose cash withdrawal limits at banks in Shenzhen at the beginning of this month only to lift them days later, has focused media attention on the illegal outflow of mainland funds into Hong Kong's stock market through the booming underground banking operations. While there is no way of knowing the exact ...

  6. B-grade way to offer A-list shares

    Posted Dec 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... When PetroChina launched its initial public offering on the mainland in late October, it was a darling for which mainland investors had waited so long. About 3.3 trillion yuan of orders were placed for its 66.8 billion yuan share offering, the world' ...

  7. All that glitters is bad news for Wen watchers

    Posted Nov 19th 2007, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei Nothing is more politically sensitive and riskier on the mainland than publicly speculating about the personal lives and family members of top government and Communist Party leaders. The official media is banned from carrying anything except for officially sanctioned bits of information and offenders risk the peril of heavy official retribution. But fewer things arouse ...

  8. Mainland airlines still have a long way to go

    Posted Nov 12th 2007, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei Those who often fly on mainland airlines have probably accumulated as many nightmarish stories of delays or cancellations as they have frequent flyer miles. Mainland airlines have certainly come a long way since the old days when CAAC, the acronym for the civil aviation regulator and operator, was jokingly said to mean 'Chinese airlines always cancel'. ...

  9. Hu secures his legacy but lineup shows power sharing in party

    Posted Oct 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei in Beijing President's vision enshrined in charter amid signs of resistance to his theories When more than 2,200 delegates to the Communist Party's 17th National ... the so-called fifth-generation leaders, with Li Keqiang and Mr Xi at the top. Other core fifth-generation leaders are most likely to include the new Politburo members, including Wang Qishan , Wang Yang ...

  10. The limits of Hu's influence are laid bare

    Posted Oct 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei With the eight other members of the revamped Politburo Standing Committee standing behind him, President Hu Jintao yesterday declared the Communist Party's 17th National Congress 'a resounding success' and, in a live television broadcast, promised to open up 'a broader vista' for the party and the country. But judging from the new leadership ...




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