17 September 2019

Hong Kong

  • 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...
  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam has to at least agree to discuss the remaining four demands of the protesters, says the author. Photo: Reuters

    How will history judge our chief executive?

    - Sep 12, 2019 8:00am
    A new normal has descended on Hong Kong. Get used to it. If you think this new normal is just a passing nightmare about a free society morphing into an authoritarian one, please wake up. It’s...
  • Students boycotting their classes stage a rally at Edinburgh Place in Central on Sept. 2. They plan to stage a second round of class boycotts and a rally in Sha Tin on Friday. Photo: Bloomberg

    Schools brace for another round of class boycotts

    - Sep 11, 2019 6:28pm
    Students have shown no signs of ending their anti-government protests in the second week of the new school year. On Monday morning, students and alumni from many secondary schools across the territory formed human chains outside...
  • A fire is seen at the entrance of Central MTR Station last Sunday after an anti-government rally. Authorities may need to invoke an emergency law to tackle the situation, an observer argues. Photo: Reuters

    Why the Emergency Regulations Ordinance may be needed

    - Sep 11, 2019 4:36pm
    During a protest rally at Victoria Park on Aug. 18, some participants addressed the crowd and said that they saw themselves as Hongkongers, and not Chinese. Based on what I heard through the live television broadcast...
  • The police force believes it is necessary to provide off-duty officers with additional equipment they can use to exercise police powers under emergency circumstances. Photo: Reuters

    Move to issue extendable batons to off-duty officers slammed

    Sep 11, 2019 3:46pm
    A move to arm off-duty officers with extendable batons could only aggravate the strained relationship between the police and the public, a pro-democracy lawmaker warned. James To Kun-sun, deputy chairman of the Legislative Council’s security panel,...
  • A video screenshot released by MTR shows that at 10:53 pm on Aug. 31 evacuation was triggered at Prince Edward Station. Another depicts riot police entering Prince Edward Station via Entrance/Exit C2. Source: MTRC

    No deaths from police law enforcement at rail station: officials

    Sep 11, 2019 1:57pm
    Hong Kong authorities and the city’s railway operator, MTR Corp, have reiterated that no one died as a result of a police crackdown on anti-government protesters at a train station late last month. Dismissing online rumors...
  • The turmoil has already lasted longer than the SARS outbreak in 2003 and the Occupy protests in 2014, and the impact on business is worse. Photo: Reuters

    How to lift your mood in these times of uncertainty

    - Sep 11, 2019 12:37pm
    Sometimes I wonder if there is something wrong with my smartphone. For over two months now, my handset has rarely rung. I’ve even started taking calls from those with phone numbers starting with “3” – usually...
  • GIS involves multiple disciplines, such as database, images, applied mathematics and mathematical models. Representational image: Bloomberg

    The latest education trend: Integrating GIS with STEM

    - Sep 11, 2019 11:01am
    STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education has been advocated for about 10 years, and has become one of the most sought after subjects in Hong Kong. Let us now look into some new developments in relation...
  • Marco Rubio is among the US senators that have voiced concern over perceived erosion of Hong Kong's autonomy. Photo: Reuters

    US senators seek info on export rules for HK amid China worries

    Sep 11, 2019 9:36am
    A group of US senators on Tuesday urged the Trump administration to assess US export rules for Hong Kong, expressing concern that China could acquire sensitive technologies because of Hong Kong’s special treatment under United States...
  • German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (right) speaks with Joshua Wong during the "Bild 100" event at the Reichstag building in Berlin on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    China angered after German foreign minister meets Joshua Wong

    Sep 10, 2019 4:19pm
    China expressed anger on Tuesday after German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas met prominent Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung, saying that no foreign country had a right to interfere in China’s internal affairs, Reuters reports. Wong...
  • Hong Kong is facing its biggest crisis since World War II, tycoon Li Ka-shing said on Sunday. File photo: Bloomberg

    Li Ka-shing calls for reconciliation to end HK crisis

    Sep 10, 2019 3:38pm
    Tycoon Li Ka-shing has urged reconciliation between the government and the protesters to help bring an end to Hong Kong’s months-long social unrest, suggesting that both sides need to be more tolerant of each other. Young...
  • A video clip doing the rounds online shows a bare-chested man appearing to a take a swing at a student who was lined up during a human-chain protest in Kowloon Monday morning. Photo: Facebook/screenshot

    As school pupils form human chains, two attack incidents

    Sep 10, 2019 2:03pm
    As students and alumni at secondary schools continued to stage human-chain protests to press the government to accept all the five demands of anti-extradition bill activists, there were at least two incidents so far this week...