28 January 2020

Julie Zhu

Freelance journalist
  • A Mayday concert explodes in a riot of color. Organizers of a Hong Kong event are planning to feature the popular Taiwanese rock group. Photo: internet

    Mayday concert eyed to appease HK youth

    - Jan 13, 2015 6:07pm
    A rock festival to fix Hong Kong’s social issues? Organizers of a planned rock concert seem to think so, hoping it will allow young Hong Kong people to let off steam after the recent street protests,...
  • Occupy Central organizer Benny Tai said it's quite normal for a scholar like himself to be discussing political issues with foreigners. Photo: AFP

    Benny Tai dismisses charges of collusion with foreigners

    - Jan 13, 2015 5:13pm
    Benny Tai, organizer of the Occupy Central movement, admitted that he had been discussing political issues with foreigners, but denied that such discussions constituted foreign interference, Ming Pao Daily reported. Tai made the remarks in reaction...
  • Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (seventh from left) at the ceremony for a new book on Occupy Central written by Ng Hong-mun, a former Hong Kong deputy to the National People's Congress  Photo: Tai Kung Pao

    CY Leung reveals ‘external forces’ in Occupy Central

    - Jan 13, 2015 4:49pm
    Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying charged that “external forces”, including foreign governments, were involved in the Occupy Central movement, based on leaked emails of the protest organizers, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday. Leung has been blaming “external...
  • An image grab from a CCTV footage showing a man about to lob a firebomb at the residence of Jimmy Lai early Monday morning. Photo: YouTube

    Apple Daily vows to remain strong despite firebomb attacks

    - Jan 12, 2015 5:49pm
    Ip Yut-kin, the publisher and editor-in-chief of Apple Daily, vowed to help the firm stay strong after the firebomb attacks at the home of media tycoon Jimmy Lai and the office of Next Media, Ming Pao...
  • Alan Ho is led in handcuffs to the prosecution office after his arrest for alleged involvement in a prostitution racket. Photo:

    Stanley Ho nephew arrested in prostitution crackdown

    - Jan 12, 2015 5:19pm
    A nephew of Macau casino tycoon Stanley Ho has been held for questioning over alleged involvement in a prostitution racket. Alan Ho was one of dozens arrested Monday by prosecutors in the gaming enclave, according to...
  • Police investigate the scene of the theft. Photos: Ming Pao Daily

    Cop fires four shots but fails to stop newspaper thief

    - Jan 12, 2015 4:05pm
    A police officer fired four shots to try to stop a thief early Monday, Ming Pao Daily reported. The officer was conducting a surveillance operation at about 5 a.m. after receiving reports of thefts of newspapers. He...
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    Albert Ho to resign from Legco to trigger de facto referendum

    - Jan 9, 2015 5:45pm
    Democratic Party lawmaker Albert Ho Chun-yan announced Friday his decision to quit the Legislative Council to trigger a “de facto referendum” on political reform in Hong Kong, Ming Pao Daily reported. Ho said he will resign as a “super...
  • Ling Jihua, a one-time principal aide of former Chinese president Hu Jintao, is said to be under investigation on graft charges. Photo: Reuters

    LeTV, firms linked to Ling Jihua brother tank

    - Dec 24, 2014 3:06pm
    Shares of several listed firms including entertainment website LeTV have tanked after Ling Jihua, a one-time principal aide of former Chinese president Hu Jintao, was reported to be under investigation for graft, the Hong Kong Economic Journal...
  • HSBC group CEO Stuart Gulliver believes that supporting the LGBT community is good for business. The rainbow flag (left) is a symbol of LGBT pride. Photo: HKEJ

    Why companies should support LGBT community

    - Dec 19, 2014 5:38pm
    “Embracing diversity is simply good for business.”  HSBC group chief executive officer Stuart Gulliver spoke those words in support of the LGBT community. (LGBT refers to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders.) He was talking about the...
  • BYD is seen as an overvalued stock that lacks strong earnings support. Photo: Bloomberg

    Falling oil prices, high valuation blamed for BYD rout

    - Dec 19, 2014 4:37pm
    Shares of electric-vehicle maker BYD Co. (01211.HK) tanked because of falling oil prices, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Friday, citing its investment analysis department. Crude oil price has plunged to as low as US$55 per barrel...
  • China's ambitious One Belt, One Road plan covers nations with a combined population of 4.4 billion, or 63 percent of the world’s total. Photo: Baidu

    China’s grand plan to cover more than half of the world

    - Dec 19, 2014 10:18am
    China’s One Belt, One Road initiative, one of the three major strategies outlined by the central government, will open up vast markets for the country while bolstering efforts to internationalize the renminbi, Yiu Ting said in a commentary...
  • Alva To (inset) expects a 15 percent spike in prices of small and medium-sized apartments. Photo: HKEJ

    Small, medium flats to see 15% price growth in 2015

    - Dec 17, 2014 5:16pm
    Small and medium-sized flats in Hong Kong will see a further 15 percent increase in prices next year amid robust demand, according to property service provider DTZ. However, prices will begin to stabilize in the second...
  • Hong Kong can capitalize on the opportunities thrown up in the services and financial sectors, as well as in urban management, under China's upcoming 13th Five-Year Plan.

    How HK can ride China’s next five-year plan

    - Dec 15, 2014 5:47pm
    Hong Kong must cement its special status in line with China’s next five-year development plan, Fang Zhou, director of the One Country Two Systems Research Institute, wrote in the Hong Kong Economic Journal. The former British...
  • Middle and lower level workers in Hong Kong are suffering as their salaries are hardly keeping pace with inflation. Photo: HKEJ

    Why it’s necessary to invest more in our youth

    - Dec 12, 2014 7:23pm
    If college graduates don’t get enough opportunities to move up the ranks and reach the top-tier of the workforce, they will have to brace for a lifetime of struggle, a group of academics wrote in the...
  • Fast-food restaurants are becoming popular as the mainland urbanizes. Photo: Internet

    Private equity firms eye mainland catering sector

    - Dec 12, 2014 5:21pm
    Xiabuxiabu Catering Management, a Chinese operator of hotpot restaurants, is scheduled to list in Hong Kong next week, rewarding the efforts of private equity funds behind the scenes. The fragrance of profits in the mainland catering industry...
  • Online dating app Momo has quickly won millions of users among lonely young people in China. Photo:

    Firms that target singles could be hot new bets

    - Dec 11, 2014 5:43pm
    With a growing number of singles in many cities, new business opportunities are being thrown up around the world. That is the case even in China, which is why investors should seek out companies that target...
  • As large apartments became more unaffordable, tiny units have seen demand shoot up in Hong Kong, leading to a price spike in the segment. Photo:

    Bubble builds as HK tiny apartment prices shoot up

    - Dec 11, 2014 4:24pm
    Small apartments in Hong Kong have seen their prices skyrocket recently due to rising demand from investors and younger homeseekers. Now, a bubble is building up in that segment. Tiny flats are the so-called class A private...
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    Will Li Ka-shing’s move into aircraft leasing pay off?

    - Dec 10, 2014 7:32pm
    Cheung Kong group chairman Li Ka-shing appears to have taken a leaf out of the book of late shipping tycoon Pao Yue-Kong with regard to moving into a new business when the need or opportunity arises....
  • China's internet czar Lu Wei meets with Apple chief executive Tim Cook (left) and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg during his US visit. Photos:

    China internet czar tells it like it is during US visit

    - Dec 10, 2014 5:27pm
    China’s top internet regulator has impressed US officials and technology executives with his candid talk and friendly demeanor during his whirlwind visit to the United States last week. Lu Wei, director of the State Internet Information...
  • China must help firms take advantage of the current bullish sentiment in the stock market, an expert says. Photo: Baidu

    What China needs to do amid the stock market rally

    - Dec 9, 2014 5:37pm
    Chinese authorities should consider loosening their grip on initial public offerings (IPOs) to help ramp up share supply amid the current bullish market sentiment, columnist Luk Man wrote in the Hong Kong Economic Journal Tuesday. Authorities must...