No need to keep citing Hong Kong's autonomy says Beijing rep, as familiar phrases are left out of premier's report

Premier Li Keqiang delivers the annual work report to the NPC on Wednesday morning. The speech raised fears among some after it failed to mention key policy phrases referring to Hong Kong's autonomy. Photo: Xinhua

There is no need to repeat such catchphrases as “Hongkongers governing Hong Kong” or to note that the city enjoys “a high degree of autonomy” every time officials mention the principle of “one country, two systems”.

Thursday, 6 March, 2014, 4:58pm 1 comment

Andrew Li Kwok-nang wants clear timeline for talks on 2047 issues

Andrew Li Kwok-nang

Andrew Li Kwok-nang, who retired as chief justice in 2010, made the call when he reflected on the 30th anniversary of the "Young Professionals Delegation", which headed north to express their views on Hong Kong's future.

20 May 2013 - 5:27am 2 comments

HP chairman resigns after Autonomy deal

Ray Lane

Hewlett-Packard chairman Ray Lane is giving up his chairmanship two weeks after investors re-elected him in a narrow majority of votes, issuing a rebuke of his oversight of the botched acquisition of Autonomy.

6 Apr 2013 - 2:49am

Defeatist talk on democracy is contrary to Hong Kong spirit

Deng Xiaoping. Photo: AP

Everyone with half a brain knew that the authorities in Beijing were never going to willingly fulfil the original promise of Hong Kong people ruling Hong Kong by democratic means and, indeed, the earliest declarations on this subject, from Deng Xiaoping downwards, indicated that talk of elections was very much in a qualified context.

16 Mar 2013 - 2:40am 2 comments

Beijing not interfering if Hong Kong asks for Basic Law interpretation

Protestors who support the right of abode of foreign domestic workers are seen outside Court of Final Appeal in Central as the case proceeds in the court. Photo: Edward Wong

To many people, an interpretation of the Basic Law by the National People's Congress Standing Committee is something to be avoided at all costs because, they believe, it constitutes interference in Hong Kong affairs.

13 Mar 2013 - 3:00am 1 comment

Flagging up fears over threat to Hong Kong's autonomy

Protestors wave Hong Kong colonial flags outside Sheung Shui MTR station.

Yu Zhengsheng, a member of the Politburo Standing Committee, recently denounced Hong Kong activists who waved colonial flags during protests, and warned that "opposition" and "centrifugal forces" would not be allowed to rule the city after universal suffrage was introduced.

12 Mar 2013 - 3:14am 4 comments

An NPC interpretation is not the answer to Hong Kong's immigration problems

An NPC interpretation is not the answer to Hong Kong's immigration problems

Eleven years after the unanimous Court of Final Appeal decision in the Chong Fung-yuen case granting Hong Kong residency to children born in Hong Kong of mainland parents, and more than 196,000 such births later, the government has made its most comprehensive move yet to address our overcrowded maternity wards and the follow-on surge in school enrolment.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:50pm 1 comment

Hong Kong must find its place in a family of 1.3 billion

Zhang Xiaoming

Shortly after the 18th Communist Party congress, Beijing officials responsible for Hong Kong and Macau lost no time to reiterate the central authorities' policies on the two special administrative regions. Of the pronouncements made, a 6,000-word article by Zhang Xiaoming, a deputy director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, deserves special attention.

9 Dec 2012 - 10:23am 4 comments

Letters to the Editor, December 3, 2012

Protesters at a "Protect Lung Mei" rally. Photo: Sam Tsang

Air quality objectives are outdated

The government should implement new air quality standards as soon as possible.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm

Autonomy founder says its sales practices were legal

Mike Lynch, the founder of software firm Autonomy. Photo: Bloomberg

Mike Lynch, who founded the British software company accused by Hewlett-Packard of falsifying finances, said that while he might have used some of the contested accounting and sales methods, they were all legal.

24 Nov 2012 - 3:59am

HP accuses Autonomy of wrongdoing, takes US$8.8b charge

Hewlett-Packard's offices in Meyrin near Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: Reuters

Hewlett-Packard stunned Wall Street by alleging a massive accounting scandal at its British software unit Autonomy and taking an US$8.8 billion writedown, the latest in a string of reversals that renewed questions about the competence of the storied company’s board and senior managers.

21 Nov 2012 - 2:34pm

Shifting ground on Hong Kong's autonomy

China has shifted from stressing a "high degree of autonomy" to emphasising the sovereignty, security and power of the central government.

China unveiled its basic policies regarding Hong Kong in 1984 when the Sino-British Joint Declaration was initialled. Those policies, the Chinese government stressed, would remain unchanged for 50 years.

21 Nov 2012 - 7:25am

No need for ban on calling for autonomy, says Rita Fan

Former Legislative Council president Rita Fan Hsu Lai- tai. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

There is no need to ban calls for Hong Kong autonomy if proponents do not take action to split the city from Beijing rule, political heavyweight Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai says.

Fan said most Hongkongers did not support calls for independence or greater autonomy. They enjoyed freedom of speech and there was no need to forbid such comments.

30 Oct 2012 - 3:15am 1 comment

Leung Chun-ying's sobering reminder of limits of autonomy

Chief Executive, C Y Leung

On the first day of business of the Legislative Council, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying took the unusual step of making a policy statement without taking any questions from the lawmakers. The howls of protest from a number of lawmakers diverted attention from the messages in his statement, constructed to send strong signals to the people of Hong Kong regarding their place in the nation.

28 Oct 2012 - 3:10am 7 comments

Hong Kong's one country, two systems gives hope for Manila

Some have doubts about Hong Kong's "one country, two systems" model but as inspiration for resolving a problem there can be no doubting its worth. An agreement reached between the Philippine government and the country's biggest Muslim rebel group involves a plan that, from a distance, bears striking similarity.

15 Oct 2012 - 1:53am 1 comment