Beijing seeks to soften blow of Hong Kong white paper

21 August 2014 | South China Morning Post

Central government officials privately admit white paper should have been better prepared and want to soften the tone, say sources

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Foreign helpers roped in for anti-Occupy Central cause

18 August 2014 | EJ Insight

Anti-Occupy Central organizers are eyeing foreign domestic helpers to help them fulfill their political agenda, some reports said.

The Association of Indonesian Migrant Workers in Hong Kong said some employers asked domestic helpers for their Hong Kong identity card, saying that they needed it to file a claim, Next Plus reported Monday.

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Ex-Judge Rejects China Patriotism Call for Hong Kong Courts

Jill Mao, Natasha Khan | 15 August 2014 | Bloomberg

Hong Kong’s former top judge said the city needs to defend the independence of the judiciary after a Chinese policy paper stoked concerns of heightened influence by the government in Beijing.

The white paper issued by the Chinese government in June saying judges should be patriotic raised “widespread concerns,” Andrew Li, the former chief justice of the Court of Final Appeal, said today in a commentary in the South China Morning Post.

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Solicitors thrash United Front

15 August 2014 | Big Lychee

The week closes on a bright note in the form of a Law Society squabble most of us don’t really understand in deep detail, but basically: good triumphs over evil.

Not many of us spare much time thinking about solicitors. They’re the breed of lawyer who scrape a living doing photocopying – or as they call it, ‘conveyancing’. Triads, money-launderers and bankrupts depend on them to use paperwork and form-filling to make nastiness look legitimate or to issue veiled threats, they are not typically to the manor born, but unpolished and locally and relatively modestly educated sons of the upwardly mobile lower-middle. They tend to be short, shifty-looking and have hair and fingernail problems.

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Beijing seen backing Lam over no-confidence vote

August 14 2014 | EJ Insight

Mainland judicial departments have reportedly contacted representatives of global law firms in Beijing and solicited their views on the no-confidence vote faced by Law Society of Hong Kong president Ambrose Lam, Apple Daily reported on Thursday.

Kevin Yam, a member of the Law Society’s constitutional and human rights committee who initiated the motion of no confidence, said the central government is trying to apply pressure on the local legal sector.

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Solicitors vote to unseat Law Society president Ambrose Lam

Joyce Ng | 14 August 2014 | South China Morning Post

The Law Society yesterday passed a historic vote of no confidence in its president for his remarks backing Beijing’s recent white paper on Hong Kong.

A no-confidence motion in Ambrose Lam San-keung was passed by a wide margin, with 2,392 votes for and 1,478 against.

 

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Beijing Growls at Hong Kong

25 June 2014 | New York Times

For the first time since the British handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997, Beijing has unambiguously asserted its complete jurisdiction over Hong Kong.

A recent government paper reminded Hong Kong that whatever autonomy it has flows from the Chinese government and that the doctrine of “one country, two systems” implied in the original agreement allows Hong Kong to retain its capitalist system but does not confer political independence.

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Next on China’s ‘My Way’ List: Hong Kong

Patrick Smith | 23 June 2014 | The Fiscal Times

Push is rapidly coming to shove between China and Hong Kong, which bills itself as the “World City.” If the world doesn’t sit up and take notice soon, the political future of the autonomous territory could be imperiled and things could end badly all around.

A degree of antagonism between the mainland and Hong Kong’s democracy advocates has been a feature of life in the territory since Britain handed its colony back to China in 1997 under a legally inscribed formula called “one country, two systems.” Hong Kong was designated a Special Administrative Region and guaranteed 50 years of autonomous self-government, including direct elections and universal suffrage.

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