The ruling in the Congo case by the National People's Congress Standing Committee, which is binding on local courts, is a step backwards, given that pre-1997 Hong Kong had adopted a policy of restrictive rather than absolute immunity, and this is clearly the way the worldWednesday, 31 August, 2011, 12:00am
With the annual July 1 march approaching, many participants will have vivid memories of the protest in 2003 that defines the event for them. With youth activism on the rise, however, there will be many young marchers for whom the question of new national security laws that prompted 500,000 people to take the streets back then, may not seem relevant.21 Jun 2011 - 12:00am
Macau will try to complete controversial national security legislation by 2009, Chief Executive Edmund Ho Hau-wah said yesterday.
He said consultation on the legislation might begin next year.14 Nov 2007 - 12:00am
The controversial property law and legislation to unify taxes on domestic and overseas companies yesterday were given the all-clear to be presented to the annual plenary session of the National People's Congress early next year.
Presentation to the NPC usually ends in legislative endorsement of the bills and the proposals becoming law.30 Dec 2006 - 12:00am
FAIRS, WHILE IDEAL for sourcing products, are also excellent places for exchanging knowledge. Nine seminars on seven topics will be held in conference room 201A in conjunction with the trade fair.22 Apr 2006 - 12:00am
The need to better understand the Basic Law has long been recognised. It arises from the frequent constitutional crises Hong Kong has encountered. So it might be thought that a move by a central government think-tank to collect and publish the recollections of those who drafted our city's constitution would not cause much controversy.8 Sep 2005 - 12:00am
A central government think-tank is going to try to learn what the 'original intent' of the Basic Law's drafters was, when they wrote Hong Kong's mini-constitution in the mid-1980s.8 Sep 2005 - 12:00am
Beijing to publish their views in hopes of avoiding disputes over interpretation
Beijing is to ask drafters of the Basic Law to think back 20 years to recall the intention behind provisions governing Hong Kong's political system, in a controversial bid to avoid disputes over interpretations.7 Sep 2005 - 12:00am
Setting aside the debate over whether Margaret Chu's attack on Chris Patten and his administration was racist ('A Chinese chief par excellence,' March 26), let's consider its substance - that Lord Patten was responsible for, even engineered, the inflation of the 1990s, especially the surge in property prices.5 Apr 2005 - 12:00am
We are told that the Hong Kong government now accepts, after consultation with mainland experts, that the term of Tung Chee-hwa's successor must be two years. The experts advised that the legislative intent was that a successor to a chief executive whose term comes to a premature end should be appointed only to complete the remainder of the term.17 Mar 2005 - 12:00am