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Responses to the 2005 Budget; The Chief Executive's Term of Office (18 Mar 2005)


As Hong Kong's financial outlook seems to be improving Financial Secretary Henry Tang delivered a budget that was neither harsh nor lenient. Or was it just lacklustre? The Pulse looks at responses to the budget, and conducts a studio discussion with Mark Clifford, the editor-in-chief of The Standard, and economist Stephen Cheung of City University. In Part Two we examine the thorny question of how to turn two into five. The Basic Law Institute has suggested an easy way to get around the nitpicking about the legal niceties of the next Chief Executive's term. Just take out any references to the length of term in the legislation. In the end, they add, Beijing will do what it wants anyway. In the studio are the chairman of the Basic Law Institute Alan Hoo, and former Basic Law drafter and legislator Martin Lee.

The Pulse
Publish Date: 
Friday, March 18, 2005
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