Politics of Hong Kong

'Amend HK law to deny babies abode'

A mainland legal expert has called for 'creative methods' to address Hongkongers' disquiet about the granting of Hong Kong residency to babies born in the city to mainland parents.

Thursday, 19 July, 2012, 12:00am

Political tomes fair game

The Hong Kong Book Fair is an echo of what is happening in society, according to many publishers and booksellers attending this year's event Wan Chai. Hongkongers turn to books to understand the issues dominating the newspaper headlines, from the chief executive election to compulsory national education in schools, they say.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Election hopefuls off and running

Election hopefuls plan to make a flying start to the campaign season when nominations open for September's Legislative Council election today.

Among the first to register will be Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong candidates contesting the five so-called super seats created under recent electoral reforms.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Legco ties with administration 'may worsen'

The relationship between the administration and the legislature has deteriorated and could get worse still, the Legislative Council's house committee has warned.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Public Eye

Leung conjures up HK$7b magic trick after ducking questions

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Political drama sequels and reruns aplenty at this year's Book Fair

The city's political battles will reverberate at this year's Book Fair, when publishers release more books on current affairs than in previous years, written by both those in government and their critics.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Questions for C.Y. deserve an answer

Leung Chun-ying's relations with the Legislative Council will go some way towards making or breaking him as chief executive. His appearance in the council chamber this week for the first of what will be many question-and-answer sessions was in a sense a dress rehearsal for the real thing. Next time he will appear before a new legislature to be elected in September.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


Material for course must be objective

The government-funded national-education teaching handbooks and exchange groups have proved controversial.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

C.Y. accused of hiding behind rhetoric

Leung Chun-ying can't get away with relying on smart rhetoric forever, lawmakers and academics said after the new chief executive failed to impress on his debut question-and-answer session with lawmakers.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Leung refuses to comment about Li Wangyang suicide report

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying refused to comment on the mainland investigation report that concluded that June 4 dissident Li Wangyang committed suicide.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


C.Y. must get rid of awful cage homes

Whatever other problems he is encountering, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying deserves commendation for his proposals to rid Hong Kong of cage homes and improve accommodation and care for Hong Kong's underclasses.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Upright ways

All the insiders know it: serving as a senior official in colonial Hong Kong government is the next best thing to being the most powerful ruler in the world. Perhaps even better.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

C.Y. offers HK$7b of sweeteners

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying gave out HK$7.35 billion of sweeteners in his first question-and-answer session as he sought to move beyond a series of scandals that have battered his fledgling administration.

Faced with plunging popularity ratings and the resignation of a minister, Leung turned his appearance yesterday at the Legislative Council into a 'mini-policy address'.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Pro-Beijing and democrat camps set for showdown

Three more incumbent legislators announced bids for the 'super seats' in the upcoming Legislative Council elections, consolidating a much-anticipated stand-off between the pro-establishment and pan-democracy camps for the five newly-established seats.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

A Cinderella moment

When the clock strikes midnight tomorrow, Hong Kong's lawmakers will experience a Cinderella moment. The chimes will mark the end of the Legislative Council's four-year term and just like in the fairytale, when the fine carriage turns back into a pumpkin and the horses back into mice, legislators will find themselves ordinary citizens again.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am