16 September 2019


  • Hong Kong authorities cannot dismiss the remarks of global credit rating agencies offhand, Kenneth Leung writes. Photo: Bloomberg

    Time to take a deep look at concerns raised by rating agencies

    - Sep 16, 2019 6:53pm
    Global credit rating firm Fitch Ratings said this month that it has downgraded Hong Kong’s long-term foreign-currency issuer default rating to “AA” from “AA+”, and that the outlook on the rating is negative, in the wake...
  • Anti-extradition bill protesters distribute leaflets at the Hong Kong airport on Aug. 13. The months-long civil unrest in the city has taken a toll on passenger numbers as well as cargo traffic. Photo: Reuters

    HK airport logs double-digit falls in passenger, cargo volumes

    Sep 16, 2019 5:20pm
    Passengers numbers at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) fell more than 12 percent in August compared to same period last year following the months-long civil unrest in the city that at times disrupted operations at...
  • Brawls broke out between rival groups in North Point and Fortress Hill on Sunday night. Photo: HKEJ

    Middle-aged men attack protesters in Fortress Hill, North Point

    Sep 16, 2019 3:32pm
    Running battles between anti-government protesters and police led to street brawls between rival groups in Fortress Hill and North Point on Sunday night. While police were busy dispersing protesters in Causeway Bay, Wan Chai and Admiralty,...
  • Carrie Lam has insisted in no uncertain terms that her administration wasn't behind the leak of an audio recording wherein she could be heard saying that she would quit if she had a choice. Photo: Bloomberg

    Lam’s public messaging: Facts and fiction

    - Sep 16, 2019 1:44pm
    Following the release of a leaked audio clip featuring Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor earlier this month, in which she could be heard saying that she would quit if she had a choice, Reuters published...
  • A protester throws a Molotov cocktail near the government headquarters in Admiralty on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    Police fire water cannon, tear gas; protesters hurl petrol bombs

    Sep 16, 2019 9:03am
    Police fired water cannon and volleys of tear gas to disperse protesters throwing petrol bombs at government buildings on Sunday, as months of sometimes violent demonstrations showed no sign of letting up. Some protesters threw bricks...
  • Li Ka-shing reiterated that any actions that violate the rule of law cannot be tolerated. Photo: CNSA

    Li Ka-shing says he regrets protest comments were misrepresented

    Sep 13, 2019 6:37pm
    Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing said on Friday he deeply regrets that recent comments he made regarding protests in the financial hub were misrepresented and reiterated that any actions that violate the rule of law cannot...
  • Riot police prepare for a dispersal operation in Mong Kok on Aug. 3. The author says the withdrawal of the extradition bill will help facilitate constructive dialogue and break the current deadlock. Photo: AFP

    Government must stand its ground amid the violence

    - Sep 13, 2019 6:35pm
    As violence over the extradition bill saga continues to spiral, we find ourselves on the brink of self-destruction. Chief Executive Carrie Cheng Yuet-ngor has adopted a flexible and mobile strategy by first suspending the extradition bill...
  • Wilson Fung (inset) was handed a jail term as his conduct was deemed to have fallen short of the standards required of civil servants. Photo: HKEJ

    Ex-govt official gets 9-months jail for misconduct in office

    Sep 13, 2019 4:47pm
    A former senior government official was on Thursday sentenced to nine months in jail for misconduct in public office after he was found guilty of accepting money from a businesswoman in a case that involved the...
  • Deputy Chief Fire Officer Derek Armstrong Chan (right) said it was impossible for the 38 firefighters at the train station to leave the scene without taking care of all the casualties. Photo: HK China News Agency

    FSD insists no one died in Prince Edward MTR station incident

    Sep 13, 2019 3:39pm
    The Fire Services Department (FSD) said no one died as a result of police action against protesters at the Prince Edward MTR Station on the night of Aug. 31, supporting earlier statements made by other agencies...
  • People gather around lanterns and installations at Victoria Park on eve of the Mid-Autumn Festival. While Hongkongers celebrate the festival, the overall mood is somber following the recent events in the city. Photo: Reuters

    A Moon Festival to remember

    - Sep 13, 2019 3:11pm
    About 700 years ago, the Chinese used mooncakes to spread revolutionary messages, using the Mid-Autumn Festival to create special pastries that served a hidden purpose. Well, we are now in our own “revolution of our times”,...
  • Panoramic cameras are equipped on a smart lamppost installed in Hong Kong, which will be used to monitor road traffic condition, as part of the government's pilot scheme to enhance real-time city data collection. Photo: Bloomberg

    Will smart lampposts compromise our privacy? An expert view

    - Sep 13, 2019 1:01pm
    Technologies such as face recognition and radio frequency identification (RFID) have sparked privacy controversies around the globe, with people fretting about systems that can be used for surveillance. In Hong Kong, a government initiative for “smart...
  • A student wears a rain poncho with sticky notes during a rally at Edinburgh Place in Central on Sept. 2. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why high-schoolers are joining the pro-democracy protests

    - Sep 13, 2019 12:29pm
    Today quite a lot of secondary school students in Hong Kong display a strong capacity for critical and independent thinking. And the reason why they are getting so deeply involved in the ongoing social resistance movement...
  • Pro-Beijing and anti-SAR government demonstrators engage in lunchtime scuffles at the IFC mall in Central on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    HK braces for more protests during festival weekend

    Sep 13, 2019 9:46am
    Hong Kong activists plan to combine pro-democracy protests with traditional lantern celebrations marking the Mid-Autumn Festival this weekend, after a brief lull in sometimes violent demonstrations that have rocked the Chinese-ruled city since June. The protest...
  • Given the intense public distrust of the government these days, the pro-establishment lawmakers' apprehensions about the national anthem bill could be warranted, says the author. Photo: Bloomberg

    Pro-Beijing camp has jitters over national anthem bill

    - Sep 12, 2019 7:16pm
    Due to insurance issues, it remains uncertain whether Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor can deliver her annual policy address in the Legislative Council chamber as scheduled, although construction contractors have been working around the clock to repair the...
  • Given the tense environment in the wake of the anti-government protests, authorities need to look at the issue of safety of teachers and students travelling across the border, the writer says. Photo: Bloomberg

    Ensuring safe cross-border travel for teachers, students

    - Sep 12, 2019 5:52pm
    Following the months-long anti-extradition bill movement, there had been plenty of chatter that some Hong Kong citizens were facing extra scrutiny when they were crossing the border and traveling to mainland China. According to discussions on online...
  • DAB chair Starry Lee (C) wants the government to tackle political and livelihood issues at the same time. Photo: HKEJ

    DAB urges govt to invoke law to reclaim private land for housing

    Sep 12, 2019 5:15pm
    The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) is urging the government to invoke an existing law to forcibly take back land from private owners for use in building public housing units....
  • Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng said the emergency law would only be invoked at an appropriate time. Photo: i-Cable News

    Emergency powers, mask ban under study, says justice chief

    Sep 12, 2019 12:49pm
    Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah said officials have been studying whether it is necessary for the administration to use emergency powers to deal with the unrest stemming from the now-withdrawn extradition bill. Speaking to media...
  • Train frequencies on various MTR lines will be stepped up from 3 p.m. on Friday to cope with the anticipated increase in passenger flow. Photo: Bloomberg

    MTR cancels overnight train service during Mid-Autumn Festival

    Sep 12, 2019 11:41am
    The MTR Corporation has canceled overnight service during the Mid-Autumn Festival on Friday, and all train stations will be closed at the normal time. The rail operator said it arrived at the decision after conducting risk...
  • HKEx appears confident its LSE proposal will face no major regulatory hurdles, but closing a deal will be anything but easy. Photo: Bloomberg

    HKEx seen facing uphill battle on US$39 bln bid for LSE

    Sep 12, 2019 10:17am
    Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx) unveiled a US$39 billion takeover approach to the London Stock Exchange (LSE) on Wednesday that received a cool response from investors concerned about its regulatory and financial hurdles. To prevail,...
  • Joshua Wong speaks to students at the Humboldt University in Berlin on Wednesday. China has slammed German officials’ meetings with the Hong Kong democracy activist. Photo: Reuters

    China envoy raps Germany over meeting with HK’s Joshua Wong

    Sep 12, 2019 9:46am
    China’s envoy to Berlin has denounced a meeting between Germany’s foreign minister and Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong, warning that such engagements will hurt Sino-German ties. “What happened now, I unfortunately have to say, will have...