National People's Congress Standing Committee

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.

Wednesday, 13 March, 2013, 3:00am 1 comment

Corrections & clarifications

In yesterday's report 'Higher threshold for income tax stays' on page A6, the first paragraph incorrectly said the National People's Congress Standing Committee 'endorsed raising the income tax threshold'. It should have said it decided against changing a proposed amendment to the tax threshold. The NPC Standing Committee, which is discussing the amendment this week, has yet to endorse it.

29 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Basic Law interpretation a matter of diplomacy

Yesterday's decision to seek a Basic Law interpretation, initiated by a Hong Kong court, seems likely to provoke less hostility than on previous occasions, when the executive branch asked Beijing to re-examine rulings by the top court in light of the city's highest governing law.

9 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Editorials from Ta Kung Pao

'The proposal of allowing all registered voters to vote on six district council functional constituency seats, including the existing ones, after candidates for the sector are nominated by district councillors is not impractical. It would not necessarily be inconsistent with the method of returning functional constituency seats.

28 May 2010 - 12:00am

No room for lies in economic statistics

Mainland statisticians have been steadily earning respect for drawing an increasingly accurate picture of the nation's economic development. That is a marked contrast to six years ago, when 60,000 violations of statistics laws were reported.

30 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

In Brief

Pan-democrats to protest over democracy report

15 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Urban and rural planning law passed

A new law on urban and rural planning was passed yesterday, and lawmakers approved amendments to three much-discussed pieces of legislation on conservation, civil procedure and lawyers.

29 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

In Brief

Wstern corridor management debated

Members of the National People's Congress Standing Committee discussed a proposal on management of the western corridor linking Hong Kong to Shenzhen. The road is expected to be opened in July next year.

23 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Show of force

People gather outside the Legislative Council last night in a candlelit vigil protesting against the National People's Congress Standing Committee's interpretation of the Basic Law.

2 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Reinterpretation of the Basic Law

Three legislators have joined a campaign on the abode issue calling on the Government to seek reinterpretation of the Basic Law by Beijing.

They are organising publication of a joint statement calling on the administration to seek a reinterpretation by the National People's Congress Standing Committee.

8 May 1999 - 12:00am