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Fluency in Chinglish doesn't count as World City yardstick

Before I start to tell you two stories, let me ask you a question: In general, do you feel English-language skills of Hong Kong people are increasing or declining since the 1997 handover?

Monday, 16 December, 2013, 11:29am 52 comments

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

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

Thirty years on, a young turk recalls historic trip

When the 12 members of the "Young Professionals Delegation" met National People's Congress vice-chairman Xi Zhongxun in Beijing in May 1983, they could hardly imagine that the state leader's son, Xi Jinping, would eventually become paramount leader.

20 May 2013 - 5:27am

Old master Thatcher's lesson in realism on handover

The two British architects of Hong Kong's return to China are now dead. First it was Percy Cradock. Now, it's his boss Margaret Thatcher. Yet, the logic of their arguments for preserving Hong Kong's way of life by not confronting but by negotiating with Beijing and securing guarantees from it is still with us. It still very much underlies the thinking of the more intelligent and principled people from the pro-Beijing camp in Hong Kong.

11 Apr 2013 - 3:03am 5 comments

Could Hong Kong use some of Thatcher's 'conviction' politics?

Margaret Thatcher, Britain's longest-serving leader of the 20th century, once claimed credit for "New Labour" and Tony Blair, who served almost as long as she did as prime minister. That the former Conservative Party leader could get away with that pronouncement, without attracting derision, says something about her dominance of British politics and her legacy.

11 Apr 2013 - 2:45am 8 comments

Hong Kong thriving as Asia's hot spot for diplomacy

Growing diplomatic activity in Hong Kong has made it one of the most cosmopolitan centres in the world.

Figures obtained by the Sunday Morning Post show that 12 fully fledged overseas consulates have opened in the city since China regained sovereignty from Britain in 1997.

6 Jan 2013 - 1:44pm 3 comments

Handover blamed for private hospitals not providing free beds

Officials blamed the 1997 handover as well as missing documents for some private hospitals having not been required to set aside 20 per cent of their beds for the needy.

4 Dec 2012 - 3:27am

No need to fret about a land lease 'cliff' in 2047

All the talk now in world business circles is about a so-called financial "cliff", when savage spending cuts and sharp tax increases are scheduled to kick in to compensate for past failures to reach a sensible bipartisan deal on the United States budget.

7 Jun 2013 - 11:49am

Let patriotism in HK evolve naturally

Since 2004, the government has produced three videos to broadcast with the national anthem every night before the television news. Starting next week, a new one will be shown. This averages one new video a year. Broadcasting the nation's anthem should be a solemn affair. But many families in Hong Kong watch the news while they have dinner.

29 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Hong Kong mascot aims to meet Becks

Hong Kong's 2009 East Asian Games mascot will race across the harbour on Sunday, soon after he (or she, or it) is unveiled, to meet a bigger icon - David Beckham.

5 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Talkover/Handover - Dialogues on Hong Kong Art 10 Years After 1997

Talkover/Handover - Dialogues on Hong Kong Art 10 Years After 1997

1a space, Cattle Depot Artist Village

Reviewed: Jul 7

There's a surfeit of handover-related exhibitions on at the moment, many of which smack of dubious self-congratulation. Talkover/Handover, however, is a genuine attempt to reflect on Hong Kong's return to Chinese sovereignty.

10 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Anniversary celebrations look set to fizzle rather than sizzle

I share John Shanahan's frustration concerning the celebrations for the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region ('Marks out of ten', April 7).

Hongkongers deserve better, but unfortunately they will only get the celebratory events that sponsors are willing to pay for.

16 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Tale of two handovers

1. Post-handover Hong Kong legislative Council: 60 provisional legislators; no through train; full direct elections by 2007 at the earliest.

Post-handover Macau Legislative Assembly: 27 deputies, 10 directly elected, 10 indirectly elected, seven appointed; through train from last elections in 1996; direct elections can be approved by two-thirds majority in 2009.

16 May 1999 - 12:00am

Transition trouble

In Taiwan they are starting to worry. If Hong Kong's smooth transition to Chinese sovereignty is followed by a similarly successful handover in Macau next year, it will be difficult for Taipei to resist pressure to complete the process of national reunification.

7 May 1998 - 12:00am

Handover party hurt by weather

Fewer than one in five people attended handover events, according to a South China Morning Post survey.

The poll showed only 19 per cent took part in activities despite a packed schedule of festivities organised by the SAR Government and pro-Beijing groups.

29 Jul 1997 - 12:00am