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Hong Kong Politics

Return to rental caps proposed as Legco debates Leung Chun-ying's policy address

Lawmakers criticise government for failure to improve housing crisis, as Labour Party's Cyd Ho floats reintroduction of annual rental caps scrapped in 1998.

Thursday, 13 February, 2014, 12:44pm

Regina Ip’s New People’s Party seals deal with Civil Force group

The number of district council members of the New People’s Party has almost tripled, from 12 to 31, after it confirmed its alliance with New Territories East group Civil Force on Wednesday.

Instead of a clear-cut merger, senior NPP figures will also sign up to Civil Force and vice versa.

12 Feb 2014 - 7:04pm

Occupy Central critics point to policeman's 2011 death, warn against protest

About 100 people yesterday turned out at Central's Exchange Square to mourn a police officer who died after falling off the rain-soaked roof of a footbridge during a farmer's protest in the area two years ago.

17 Jun 2013 - 11:20am 1 comment

Pro-Beijing camp turn to showbiz in suffrage debate

Half a dozen names from the entertainment industry showed up at a forum organised by the Love China-Hong Kong Alliance of Youth Cultural Societies to express their desires for harmony amid what they said was the radical pursuit of democracy.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:39am 1 comment

Beijing recalling its big guns to handle a more complex city

Last week, while a 29-year-old American stole the limelight in Hong Kong and the world, a Beijing veteran on Hong Kong's political and legal affairs quietly went back to the capital from Macau.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:39am

Snowden's case will test 'one country, two systems'

Technological advances have rendered borders meaningless when it comes to trade, pollution, diseases and spying; airspace and territorial waters have little relevance in these matters. Former CIA operative Edward Snowden is causing storms that are short-circuiting political power grids in the US and elsewhere.

17 Jun 2013 - 4:23am 2 comments

The limits of Chinese parochialism

Three events in recent days have focused needed attention on the international roles of China and Hong Kong: President Xi Jinping's high-profile visit to the US, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's almost invisible visit to the US, and the case of ex-CIA operative Edward Snowden.

16 Jun 2013 - 2:25am 7 comments

Time for C.Y. to show some leadership

Let me practise some equal-opportunities criticism. A few columns ago, I complained that the fragmented pan-democrats have no Mandela or Aung San Suu Kyi, not even a presentable leader like Martin Lee was in the 1990s.

13 Jun 2013 - 6:59am 5 comments

Occupy Central provocations won't help to build a consensus

Taking a leaf from "Occupy Wall Street", academics bent on holding Beijing's feet to the fire are organising an "Occupy Central" movement to pressure the central government to succumb to their demands for "true" democracy. Yet Hong Kong's version of "deliberation days" follows the American model in name only.

9 Jun 2013 - 2:40am 5 comments

Faith gives city hope for better future

Hong Kong is at the crossroads of its political development. This is the best of times for democracy in this city, and the worst of times for a hitherto peaceful, stable society.

Since 1997, anti-government forces, never heard of in the colonial era, have gone astray.

8 Jun 2013 - 2:11am

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