17 September 2019

Hong Kong

  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam: "It’s extremely inappropriate for foreign parliaments to interfere in HKSAR internal affairs in any way.” Photo: Reuters

    Carrie Lam says she won’t allow US interference

    Sep 10, 2019 1:56pm
    Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Tuesday said she deeply regretted interference by foreign parliaments in Hong Kong’s affairs, adding that an escalation of violence cannot solve social issues in the city. Lam was speaking after...
  • Executive Council member Fanny Law claimed that some of the young girls in the anti-extradition bill movement have been misled to give free sex to frontline protesters. Photo: Reuters/HKEJ

    What Fanny Law should learn about the youth from our tycoons

    - Sep 10, 2019 1:34pm
    The past three months of protests have put Hong Kong youth in the spotlight, and our political views often determine how we perceive them. For many of those who agree with what they are fighting for,...
  • Joshua Wong, pictured here at Tegel Airport in Berlin on Monday, has urged the world to stand together with Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters. Photo: Reuters

    Joshua Wong likens HK to Berlin during Cold War

    Sep 10, 2019 10:40am
    Comparing the struggle of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters to the role of Berlin during the Cold War, activist Joshua Wong told an audience in the German capital that his city was now a bulwark between the...
  • Repeated violent conflicts and transport disruptions have led to the cancellation or rescheduling of many international conferences and exhibitions in Hong Kong, the city’s finance chief says. Photo: Reuters

    HK Aug visitors down 40% on year: Paul Chan

    Sep 9, 2019 3:20pm
    Visitor arrivals in Hong Kong were down almost 40 percent in August compared to the same month last year, after a nearly 5 percent slide in July, amid the ongoing unrest in the city, according to...
  • Hong Kong’s current protest movement has turned Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, who opposes unification, into the frontrunner in the hotly contested January presidential race. Photo: Reuters

    China: The challenges of Hong Kong and Taiwan

    - Sep 9, 2019 2:28pm
    Twenty-two years ago, when Hong Kong became part of China, the former British colony’s relationship with Taiwan became part of China’s cross-straits relationship. Thus, when the pro-independence politician Chen Shui-bian became president of Taiwan in 2000,...
  • Amid the widespread anti-government sentiment in society, the pro-Beijing camp is intent on securing its existing number of seats in the legislature. Photo: Bloomberg

    Some pro-Beijing Legco old-timers may cancel retirement plans

    - Sep 9, 2019 12:58pm
    Despite the withdrawal of the extradition bill, the political firestorm it has sparked continues to rage, and members of the pro-establishment camp are getting increasingly concerned about its negative implications for their prospects in the upcoming elections,...
  • People watch a protest from a shop in Central on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    Some HK hotels now offer cheapest rates in Greater Bay Area

    - Sep 9, 2019 12:42pm
    A room at a four-star hotel near Victoria Park is now cheaper than similar accommodation in Zhongshan or Zhuhai, and you can walk into a Michelin-rated restaurant without any booking, especially on a Sunday. Another sign of...
  • Joshua Wong, co-founder of the pro-democracy organization Demosisto, is free to travel to Germany and the US, a judge ruled on Monday after the activist was arrested at the Hong Kong airport the previous day. Photo: Reuters

    Joshua Wong freed by court after airport arrest

    Sep 9, 2019 12:41pm
    Democracy activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung was released once again by a court after the 22-year-old was arrested at the airport on Sunday on suspicion of breaching his previous bail conditions. During a hearing on Monday, the Eastern Court...
  • Hong Kong’s protesters should step back and adopt a more pragmatic approach in relation to their demands, the writer argues. Photo: Bloomberg

    Time for protesters to ditch ‘all or nothing’ strategy

    - Sep 9, 2019 11:19am
    Following the withdrawal of the extradition bill, there has been much speculation as to whether the move can put an end to the unrest that has gripped Hong Kong for more than three months. But looking...
  • A pro-establishment party has warned that if violent protests continue in Hong Kong, it will become necessary for the government to study the feasibility of invoking an emergency law. Photo: Reuters

    Dire consequences if govt invokes emergency law

    - Sep 9, 2019 11:15am
    Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor finally relented and announced on Sept. 4 that she was fully withdrawing the controversial extradition bill. Nevertheless, as many have pointed out, the concession was too little, too late. And...
  • Protesters hold up their five fingers during a rally in Hong Kong on Sunday to call attention to the demand that the government accept all of their five demands in the wake of the extradition bill crisis. Photo: Reuters

    School students form human chains after weekend of protests

    Sep 9, 2019 11:07am
    Hundreds of secondary school students formed human chains in districts across Hong Kong on Monday in support of anti-government protesters after another weekend of clashes in the city. Metro stations which had closed on Sunday amid...
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Beijing's top officials had listened to her views. Photo: Reuters

    Germany’s Merkel presses for peaceful Hong Kong resolution

    Sep 9, 2019 10:17am
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel renewed calls for a peaceful solution to unrest in Hong Kong on Saturday during her trip to China. The Hong Kong protests have overshadowed a three-day visit Merkel had planned to use...
  • Protestors leave after lighting fire on a road during a rally in Hong Kong on Sunday. The unrest triggered by the extradition bill shows no signs of ending despite the withdrawal of the bill by the government. Photo: Reuters

    Police fire tear gas amid fresh violent protests over weekend

    Sep 9, 2019 9:37am
    Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in Causeway Bay on Sunday, one of many violent incidents that took place over the weekend as the unrest in Hong Kong escalated. Police moved on protesters as they...
  • Protesters react after police fire tear near the government headquarters on Aug. 31. The pan-dems may have tacit understanding with radical protesters not speak against each other, but it doesn’t mean a  reconciliation, an observer says. Photo: AFP

    Unspoken pact of pan-dems, radical protesters is tenuous

    - Sep 6, 2019 6:11pm
    One reason why Hong Kong’s anti-extradition bill movement has drawn much attention around the world is the sheer number of the people who have taken to the streets and the high frequency of mass mobilization. In...
  • Students and alumni of King’s College in Mid-Levels stand next to each other in a protest action on Thursday, urging the government to meet all the demands of the public in the wake of the extradition bill fiasco. Photo: RTHK

    Students form human chains, urging govt to meet ‘all 5′ demands

    Sep 6, 2019 5:50pm
    Students and alumni from secondary schools in Hong Kong continued to stage protests on Thursday and Friday, forming human chains and sending a message to the government that it should meet the other demands of the...
  • The four-storey building at 88 and 90 Staunton Street in Sheung Wan is expected to be given the status of a Grade 2 historic building. Photo: URA

    Building once owned by now-defunct newspaper up for conservation

    Sep 6, 2019 5:40pm
    An old tenement building in Sheung Wan that played an important part in the development of the city’s newspaper industry may well be added to the list of declared monuments in Hong Kong. The Antiquities Advisory Board is...
  • Protesters shout anti-police slogans and point lasers at police officers in Hang Hau MTR Station, forcing Exit A of the station to be closed for some time on Thursday night. Photo: Facebook/tkofriend

    Riot police confront angry crowds in 2 locations but no clashes

    Sep 6, 2019 2:44pm
    Anti-riot police faced angry crowds as they went to Hang Hau and Mong Kok on Thursday night, with the demonstrators shouting slogans and accusing the officers of abusing their power. There were some tense moments as...
  • Medical students at the University of Hong Kong hold hands as they form a human chain during a protest against police brutality on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    More rallies set as bill withdrawal fails to appease protesters

    Sep 6, 2019 1:25pm
    Hong Kong is bracing for more demonstrations this weekend, with protesters threatening to disrupt transport links to the airport as the formal withdrawal of the controversial extradition bill fails to appease some activists. Protesters plan to...
  • Fitch said it expects the “one country, two systems” framework to remain intact, but added that public discontent is likely to persist. Photo: Reuters

    Fitch downgrades HK rating amid protests

    Sep 6, 2019 12:47pm
    Global credit rating agency Fitch Ratings on Friday downgraded Hong Kong’s long-term foreign currency issuer default rating to “AA” from “AA+” following months of unrest and protests in the Asian financial hub, Reuters reports. Hong Kong’s...
  • People take an escalator next to posters and sticker notes supporting the anti-government protest movement near the Central Government Offices in Admiralty on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    Back to the futures for Hong Kong traders

    - Sep 6, 2019 12:45pm
    “Hong Kong has no future and no option.” This was the running joke among brokers on Thursday after the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (00388.HK) suspended derivatives trading for the first time in its history. Not a...