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Feb 24, 2015

Mainland Chinese visits to Hong Kong drop amid tensions

HONG KONG (Reuters) – The number of mainland Chinese visitors to Hong Kong during the Lunar New Year holidays fell for the first time in about 20 years as they have felt increasingly unwelcome amid political unrest in the city.

The drop comes as Hong Kong’s leader Leung Chun-ying said he would raise the issue of large numbers of mainland Chinese visitors with Beijing at a parliamentary meeting next month.

Feb 22, 2015

Insight – Hong Kong ‘radicals’ up ante in democracy push against China

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Nearly three months after police cleared away the last of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy street protests, lingering anger is stoking a new front of radical activism that has turned shopping malls and university campuses into a fresh battleground.

While still relatively few in number, a cluster of outspoken groups have staged small but disruptive protests in recent weeks targeting mainland Chinese visitors – tapping a seam of grassroots resentment to call for greater Hong Kong nationalism and even independence from China.

Feb 22, 2015

Hong Kong “radicals” up ante in democracy push against China

HONG KONG, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Nearly three months after
police cleared away the last of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy street
protests, lingering anger is stoking a new front of radical
activism that has turned shopping malls and university campuses
into a fresh battleground.

While still relatively few in number, a cluster of outspoken
groups have staged small but disruptive protests in recent weeks
targeting mainland Chinese visitors – tapping a seam of
grassroots resentment to call for greater Hong Kong nationalism
and even independence from China.

Feb 18, 2015

Beijing’s glare deepens crisis in Macau

MACAU/ZHUHAI, China (Reuters) – China’s crackdown on corruption and conspicuous consumption is ever more visible in its impact on Macau, the world’s biggest gambling hub, which makes most of its money from the high rollers who are staying away to avoid Beijing’s scrutiny.

During a recent visit to four of the city’s glitziest casinos, VIP rooms were mostly desolate, with some shuttered and one boarded up, their tables covered with wood and white cloth.

Jan 30, 2015

Sunac China to buy 49.3 percent stake in troubled developer Kaisa: Caixin

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Sunac China Holdings Ltd has agreed to buy a 49.3 percent stake in troubled Chinese property developer Kaisa Group, a report in financial news magazine Caixin said on Friday, citing an unidentified senior company executive.

The report came as Sunac announced a share trading suspension pending the release of an “announcement containing inside information in relation to the company.”

Jan 27, 2015

Kaisa failed to unblock sales during talks with Shenzhen govt-company source

HONG KONG, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Troubled Chinese property
developer Kaisa Group failed to remove a local
government block on sales at its Shenzhen projects during talks
with public officials on Monday, a company source familiar with
the discussions said.

Kaisa’s top executives held a high-level meeting with senior
Shenzhen government officials on Monday afternoon in the
Longgang district in northern Shenzhen, where two of Kaisa’s new
projects are blocked, according to the source.

Jan 20, 2015

China “has the power” to introduce tough security laws in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Former Hong Kong leader Tung Chee-hwa said on Tuesday tough Chinese national security laws could be introduced in Hong Kong, stoking fears China may tighten control in its southern financial hub after last year’s pro-democracy street protests.

Pro-Beijing politicians and left-leaning newspapers have called for China’s draconian national security laws – used by Communist Party authorities to crush dissent – to be implemented in Hong Kong after last year’s civil disobedience campaign.

Jan 14, 2015

Hong Kong leader warns of ‘anarchy’; opposition disrupts session

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying warned pro-democracy protesters on Wednesday they risked “anarchy” as he sought to bolster his support in his first policy address since demonstrations rocked the financial hub last year.

Before Leung gave his annual speech, opposition lawmakers disrupted proceedings, calling on him to step down. Some held up banners demanding full democracy and then walked out of the legislature under yellow umbrellas – a symbol of the protests.

Jan 14, 2015

Business as usual for Kaisa in Shenzhen despite sales block

SHENZHEN, Jan 14 (Reuters) – As creditors circle troubled
Chinese property developer Kaisa Group, it’s business
as usual at the company’s sales office and housing projects in
the southern city of Shenzhen.

In a northern suburb, construction workers in yellow hats at
the Kaisa City Plaza development could be seen renovating flats
on Tuesday, while agents at the firm’s downtown sales office
were going about their jobs as normal, despite the prospect of a
debt default hanging over the developer.

Jan 13, 2015

Housing in focus as Hong Kong leader seeks support in post-protest address

HONG KONG, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Leung
Chun-ying is expected to focus on housing, the economy and youth
issues in his policy address on Wednesday, seeking to bolster
support after last year’s massive pro-democracy protests and
widespread calls for him to quit.

The annual policy blueprint has been a key platform for
leaders in the Chinese-controlled city to hand out billions to
the less-advantaged in the form of tax breaks, or to signal
shifts in economic, property and political policies.