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05 October 2014



"the fault lies not so much with the Hong Kong Government, but with the drafters of the law who let this go through"

And who appointed those idiots? China? Surely not...

franceso cipriani

Please read article 45 very carefully as your perception is incorrect. China government can appoint only after election in HK. It would be similar to the queen appointing governor general of Canada.

The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall be selected by election or through consultations held locally and be appointed by the Central People's Government.

The method for selecting the Chief Executive shall be specified in the light of the actual situation in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and in accordance with the principle of gradual and orderly progress. The ultimate aim is the selection of the Chief Executive by universal suffrage upon nomination by a broadly representative nominating committee in accordance with democratic procedures.

June Wong

I can't agree with your more, David. Thank you for writing the piece: I hope many people get to read it.

I really hope Hongkongers could just stop complaining and asking for things (and things that in my opinion are not necessarily to the benefit of Hong Kong anyway), and just focus on strengthening ourselves and improving our competitive advantage. Otherwise, we will fast become what you said - irrelevant,


The Special Economic Partnership with China is a political fig leaf which, as if by magic, appeared right after the July 2003 demos, after stalling for 10 years. Its provisions are so narrow that only thinly segmented industries can benefit, and even these can have the 'privilege' withdrawn unilaterally if the PRC decides that they are disadvantaging Chinese companies. In case you haven't guessed, I have actually read through all the rules.

I can also tell you that, despite helping companies enter the Chinese market, not a single one out of hundreds of my clients has qualified under SEPA. The 'privilege' itself consists only of offering a level playing field, i.e. removing barriers, to companies from Hong Kong (which have to be 3 years old, apart from the other restrictions).

The figures quoted from time to time by time servers such as John Tsang ("an empty taxi pulled up and John Tsang got out") for jobs created by SEPA are hogwash, conjured out of thin air.

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