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  1. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    It's an old problem … how will we fund a universal pension?

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 05:55am by Tammy Tam

    ... negotiations for the handover. In 1995, the administration under last governor Chris Patten unveiled a five-year plan for an annual 27 per cent rise in welfare spending "to make Hong Kong a city ... the city's financial reserves. Chen Zuoer, then deputy director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office and China's chief negotiator on the Sino-British Finance Group, even likened the plan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1582338/its-old-problem-how-will-we-fund-universal-pension
  2. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Deng Xiaoping's legacy felt in Hong Kong's debate on political reform

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 05:31am by Tammy Tam

    ... Tammy Tam Late paramount leader saw city as integral part of China, and Xi Jinping is of the same mind Deng's legacy felt in reform debate At midnight on June 30, 1997, the Union flag ... of 1997, when journalists- myself included- rushed to Beijing amid mounting rumours that Deng was seriously ill. It was only about five months to go before July 1, and Deng had once told a city ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1580440/deng-xiaopings-legacy-felt-hong-kongs-debate-political-reform
  3. 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

    ... Tammy Tam Pan-democrats must welcome every window of opportunity to discuss universal suffrage Seize the day or miss the boat in dialogue with Beijing For Hongkongers, communication between Beijing and the pan-democratic camp is always warmly welcomed. And so it was when the long-awaited talks between pan-democratic lawmakers and Beijing's top representative in the city ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1575636/seize-day-or-miss-boat-dialogue-beijing
  4. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    'Subversives' in Hong Kong not a new worry for state leaders

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 06:10am by Tammy Tam

    ... Tammy Tam Liaison office chief Zhang Xiaoming's emphasis on national security echoed Deng's warnings 'Subversives' in city not a new worry for state leaders When Beijing's top representative in Hong Kong said last week that the central government needed to consider the city's move to universal suffrage in 2017 from the "perspective of national ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1570811/subversives-hong-kong-not-new-worry-state-leaders
  5. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Picking sides in the battle for reform

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

    ... he had expressed his appreciation for precisely this neutrality, saying he did not think it fair to put the burden of political duties on the shoulders of the city's civil servants. We ... pan-democrats to support its proposal depends on how loud and clear moderate public opinions are, he said. There are those who worry that the two opposing sides in the debate could set the city on fire ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1565697/picking-sides-battle-reform
  6. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Southern tours may become a habit for Beijing

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 05:56am by Tammy Tam

    ... were subsequently introduced – such as lifting restrictions on mainland visitors to boost the city’s economy and allowing more yuan business – were the result of that gathering in Shenzhen. ... and end-all” in the city’s pursuit of universal suffrage. Another point, according to someone at one of the meetings, was that regardless of the success or failure of the political reform, “Leung ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1560861/southern-tours-may-become-habit-beijing
  7. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Hope for silver lining on cloud over reform

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

    ... Tammy Tam Both sides jostle for position as winding road to universal suffrage heads towards endpoint Hope for silver lining on cloud of reform Everything is hard at the beginning, according to the Chinese proverb, and so it is for the first steps in Hong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1556861/hope-silver-lining-cloud-over-reform
  8. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Problems between Legco and Leung stretch to Beijing

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

    ... Tammy Tam Challenges to HK's executive-led political structure extend 'battlefield' to the north Problems between Legco and Leung stretch to Beijing When the chief executive and the chairman of the Legislative Council disagree over whether ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1553479/problems-between-legco-and-leung-stretch-beijing
  9. 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

    ... when Beijing's top representative in Hong Kong paid a visit to one of the city's border towns and rubbed shoulders with the locals. Some said there was nothing unusual about central ... affairs. That's what many pan-democrats made of the visit on June 26- which they saw as a threat to the city's autonomy. So which was it? Two weeks ago, Secretary for Economic Development ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1548171/pr-stunt-or-interference-expect-see-more-zhang-xiaoming
  10. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Another rabid editorial- but is it really from Beijing?

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 05:06am by Tammy Tam

    ... seriously comments on the city in the fiercely nationalistic state-run Global Times newspaper- assuming they represent the views of Beijing's policymakers- now is the time to think twice before ... population, and because of simmering tensions between the city and the mainland. But if Leung was trying to ease the situation, it may have backfired. While the Global Times declined to comment ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1543157/another-rabid-editorial-it-really-beijing

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