Pro-Beijing Camp

Foolish to talk of moving faster towards 'one country'

Beijing loyalists did not learn a lesson from the national education debate. Photo: EPA

Why are we now, all of a sudden, refighting an old battle that was long settled? Didn't we painstakingly define and lock into place years ago how we differed from the mainland? That's what made it possible for capitalist Hong Kong to be reunited with communist China.

Monday, 3 December, 2012, 2:34am 5 comments

Is Hong Kong 'ready' for democracy?

Lawmakers will have to come up with a compromised version of constitutional reform package to prove to Beijing that Hong Kong is "ready" for democracy.

Is Hong Kong ready for democracy? This is a question that is periodically raised by Beijing loyalists and editorial writers in state-owned media. Their answers predictably provoke outrage, ridicule and derision here at home.

But the two sides are shouting past each other, using the same words but giving them very different meanings.

27 Sep 2012 - 2:42am 8 comments

Legco election offers lessons to both political camps

The Legislative Council has undergone major power shifts as a result of Sunday's ballot, which ended with a few surprises. The pan-democrats lost key directly elected seats because of infighting, but regained lost ground in functional constituencies. The pro-government camp reinforced its dominance with an impressive show. Overall, the new Legco is expected to be more diverse and dynamic.

11 Sep 2012 - 7:17am

Political parties in a legal grey area

Little is known about the way in which political parties are financed in Hong Kong. But some light has now been shed as a result of the leaking of documents said to detail donations made by media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying to the pro-democracy camp.

26 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Regina Ip tries to soften the hard edges

With a touch of humour and humility verging on self-ridicule over her image and dress style, Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee declared her candidacy, last Thursday, for December's Legislative Council by-election.

1 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

The legacy lives on for shapers of city's destiny

The Hong Kong Association lunch in London yesterday to mark the 10th anniversary of the handover was quite a gathering. It is hard to imagine what other event would get such a grouping of Hong Kong-linked Britons together in the same room, from former leading bankers and trading taipans to erstwhile ambassadors in Beijing.

6 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Middle-way party plan snubbed, says unionist

A pro-Beijing unionist legislator yesterday criticised the central government and its Hong Kong allies for failing to make room for a 'middle-way' party, leading to a leftists-democrats deadlock.

4 May 2006 - 12:00am

Thursday think tank

Five things we're all wondering about ...

1. Morgue burns wrong body ... it's not safe to eat, it's not safe to breathe and now it's not safe to die.

2. MTR makes record profits from its properties ... fancy how they always manage to build on top of the new train stations.

9 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

A victory for common sense

Sometimes, the inevitable does not happen; the unpredictable often does. Another cliche that comes immediately to mind in the wake of Hong Kong's legislative election last Sunday is that of the glass which is either half empty or half full, depending on whether it is viewed optimistically or not.

16 Sep 2004 - 12:00am