Special Administrative Region of the People'S Republic of China

One foot in China, one in the world

Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, the former president of the Legislative Council and now a member of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, dropped a bombshell recently by suggesting that enacting local legislation to implement Article 23 of the Basic Law should be a

Sunday, 12 June, 2011, 12:00am

The right tone for a crisis

Is there no limit to the political opportunism that can be extracted from tragedy? Lamentably, the answer is 'no'. The Hong Kong community is still reeling from the fatal bungling of the hostage crisis in Manila but, out there in the lower depths of political pond life, some people are determined to turn tragedy to their advantage.

28 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Regina Ip defends the government's decision not to apply some concessions demanded by human rights groups

The security chief yesterday dismissed fears that retaining the power to ban Hong Kong groups linked to outlawed mainland counterparts would mean the introduction of mainland standards in the special administrative region (SAR).

29 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Only Chinese citizen can get an SAR passport

I refer to the letter from 'Name and Address Supplied' headlined 'Born in Hong Kong, but still denied a passport' (South China Morning Post, November 7) concerning the eligibility for applying for a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) passport.

19 Nov 2002 - 12:00am


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6 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

Call goes out for talent training

A Hong Kong business representative has proposed setting up a high-technology talent training centre with Shenzhen in a meeting with a Shenzhen vice-mayor.

The businessman said the training centre would serve as a springboard for Special Administrative Region hi-tech firms to market products on the mainland market.

13 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

US a useful guide to immigration control

Instead of crying over spilled milk, I would suggest that we start to think about damage control now an estimated 600,000 candidates are eligible to come to the SAR following the Court of Final Appeal's ruling on the right of abode issue.

20 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Taiwan visitors told not to embarrass SAR during stay

Travellers from Taiwan are having their travel documents stamped with warnings saying that they should not embarrass the SAR during their stay.

Immigration officers are placing the notices in permits carried by travellers who have only recently been granted visa-free entry as part of efforts to increase visitors from Taiwan during the tourism slump.

16 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

'Troubling disregard' for rule of law

The Government has shown 'a troubling lack of commitment' to the rule of law despite the mainland's hands-off approach, according to a Washington-based democracy watchdog.

In its latest report, the National Democratic Institute highlighted post-handover developments it said had sent 'unfortunate signals'.

8 May 1998 - 12:00am

Provisions extend to absent non-Chinese

I refer to the letter headlined 'Post-handover status fears' (South China Morning Post, June 2), inquiring about the need to return to Hong Kong before July 1 this year in order to retain right of abode in Hong Kong.

According to the writer, he is a non-Chinese citizen born in Hong Kong and is now studying abroad. He is holding a Hong Kong permanent identity card.

17 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

The end is nigh for prophets of doom

We are entering the final month of British rule not with a whimper but with a bang. Some Cassandras, particularly the Democrats, have predicted apocalypse with shrillness or glee.

But, alas, the economy which was supposed to collapse in 1996 and into 1997 has been buoyant. The stock market is breaking records and approaching the 15,000 point mark.

29 May 1997 - 12:00am

Assembly should go after the handover

In the next two days a sub-group of the Preparatory Committee will meet in Beijing to finalise its proposals on how to form the first legislative council of the Special Administrative Region (SAR).

The proposals will be submitted to the Preparatory Committee for approval later this month.

13 May 1997 - 12:00am

Laws must be made now for the SAR

Some laws of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region have to come into force as soon as the transfer of government takes place.

These laws include the complicated legislation that determines who can have the right of abode and the simple one that makes July 1 a public holiday.

These laws have to be made before the handover.

22 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Case of flexibility

The Hong Kong Government and the British side on the Joint Liaison Group have always clearly stated that they regard the provisional legislature as unjustified and unnecessary, and therefore refuse to co-operate with it.

18 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Hand draft abode bill to shadow body: call

The Government was yesterday urged to allow its draft bill on right of abode to be examined by the provisional legislature.

In the wake of the failure to strike a Sino-British accord, Special Administrative Region (SAR) executive councillor Tam Yiu-chung said the interim body should go ahead with legislating once the bill was available.

16 Apr 1997 - 12:00am