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Hong Kong Politics

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.

Monday, 20 May, 2013, 5:27am

Anson Chan's misleading view of Britain's colonial influence on policy

How true is it that, during colonial rule, our policymakers always placed the interests of Hong Kong above British interests? Former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang insists Hong Kong policymakers were not required to consider British reaction. That, of course, is misleading at best and nonsense at worst.

18 May 2013 - 4:10am 23 comments

The gutsy and gutless among pan-dems

Whatever you think about the four filibustering lawmakers, at least they took a principled stance. Not so their 20-plus pan-democratic colleagues in the legislature. They didn't want to alienate many of their core supporters for whom any antics that cause trouble or embarrassment for the government are welcome.

16 May 2013 - 2:47am 7 comments

Meeting budget deadline impossible, Jasper Tsang warns

The budget bill could not be passed by Wednesday even if the weeks-long filibuster ended, Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing said. Officials have warned that funding for public services would be disrupted the next day.

13 May 2013 - 5:24am 5 comments

The missing debate on universal pension

There are many reasons why the filibuster by some legislators over the 2013 budget was a very bad idea, but the most important one is that it brought into disrepute the very policy they claimed to be fighting for: a universal pension.

7 Jun 2013 - 11:37am 4 comments

Filibustering legislators feel the heat

I applaud People Power legislator Albert Chan Wai-yip for cracking the biggest political joke of the year. He was advocating the art of compromise publicly on the radio last week, offering the government the chance to stop the filibuster circus at the legislature should it agree to their watered-down "conditions".

13 May 2013 - 1:52am

Lawmakers plan trip costing up to HK$560,000 to study poverty

Lawmakers are considering spending up to HK$560,000 of public money on a week-long trip to find ways to deal with one of Hong Kong's most pressing problems - poverty.

12 May 2013 - 6:05am 20 comments

Gauging reaction of mainland China to policies not viable, says Anson Chan

The leaked memo, which first appeared in a Chinese-language newspaper, said: "From June 1, an assessment on mainland perception and related public relations measures will become … mandatory … for all Policy Committee papers."

12 May 2013 - 6:04am 7 comments

Public will be consulted on pension, say ministers

With radical lawmakers mounting a filibuster of the budget bill to press the case for a universal pension scheme, government ministers yesterday said the public would be consulted soon on a retirement protection scheme.

12 May 2013 - 5:57am

Time to widen election debate

The political temperature has risen after the pan-democrats floated more ideas for how universal suffrage should be achieved in 2017. A contentious point is a popular vote to elect the nominating committee for the chief executive poll, as opposed to the existing election committee whose ballot is confined to 240,000 voters.

11 May 2013 - 2:35am