25 January 2020

Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong Bar Association chairman Philip Dykes delivers a speech on Monday at an event to mark the opening of the Legal Year 2020. Photo: RTHK news video/screenshot

    Not all protester cases would warrant prosecutions: HKBA chief

    Jan 14, 2020 4:41pm
    Authorities must examine the offenses carefully before pursuing prosecutions of the thousands of people arrested during anti-government protests, the Hong Kong Bar Association (HKBA) chief said on Monday, pointing out that cases should be evaluated on the...
  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam unveiled the new measures targeting the elderly, unemployed and low-income residents on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Carrie Lam pledges HK$10 billion in economic relief amid unrest

    Jan 14, 2020 4:26pm
    Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Tuesday pledged HK$10 billion (US$1.3 billion) in relief measures to prop up the economy as it grapples with months of anti-government protests that have hurt business confidence in the...
  • Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma speaks at a ceremony opening the legal year 2020 at the Concert Hall of Hong Kong City Hall on Monday. Photo: ISD

    Top judge vows to expedite protest cases, ensure fair trial

    Jan 14, 2020 2:23pm
    Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li said the judiciary has formed a task group to look into how Hong Kong courts could best and expeditiously deal with the huge volume of cases related to the months-long protest movement....
  • Police Commissioner Chris Tang is set to attend a meeting of the Central and Western District Council on Thursday and field questions regarding the handling of the anti-government protests. Photo: HKEJ

    Police chief set to ‘face off’ with pan-dems at DC meeting

    - Jan 14, 2020 1:04pm
    With the pro-democracy camp now controlling 17 out of the 18 District Councils, several pan-dem DC members have vowed to question the police over their handling of the anti-government protests, outlining plans to summon police commanders...
  • People queue up at an outlet of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, which runs the Mark Six lottery and other betting events including horse racing. File Photo. HKEJ

    Fancy a HK$130 million jackpot?

    - Jan 14, 2020 12:55pm
    First the good news, a mega HK$130 million Mark Six jackpot is up for grabs in the New Year. Now, for a cold fact: in the Jockey Club’s history, there hasn’t been any single winner who...
  • Since the middle of last year, interest from Hong Kong people in Ireland has increased dramatically, immigration consultants say. Photo: Bloomberg

    Ireland draws growing interest among HKers seeking to emigrate

    - Jan 14, 2020 11:04am
    “Ireland, the new favourite for emigration. One passport, three identities. Tax as low as 12.5 per cent. The only English-speaking country in the European Union.” So reads an advertisement on the Chinese-language website of Bartra Capital...
  • Supporters of Tsai Ing-Wen wave campaign flags during a rally last Friday on the eve of the island’s elections. The Taiwan contest kicked off an important election year in the world, prompting an observer to remind the media of its duties. Photo: AFP

    Key duties of the media when reporting election news

    - Jan 13, 2020 6:44pm
    This year, we will witness quite a number of important political elections in the world. The list includes Taiwan’s presidential and legislative elections, which concluded last Saturday, Hong Kong’s legislative council election in September and, of...
  • Secretary for Labour and Welfare Law Chi-kwong said he had to make a quick decision regarding the maternity leave bill as there was not enough time. Photo: RTHK

    Labor chief says sorry for abrupt motion on maternity leave bill

    Jan 13, 2020 2:42pm
    Secretary for Labour and Welfare Law Chi-kwong has apologized to Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor for attempting to bypass a Legislative Council committee to push a bill on maternity leave, the Hong Kong Economic Journal...
  • A Kuomintang supporter holds Taiwanese flags during an election rally in Taipei last week. Photo: Reuters

    A KMT cabbie drove me to the DPP victory party

    - Jan 13, 2020 1:19pm
    Like many Hong Kong people, I went to Taipei over the weekend to witness the elections in Taiwan, and the landslide victory of President Tsai Ing-wen. But unlike many who started to monitor the counting of...
  • Participants hold flag-like banners bearing the message “Liberate Hong Kong; revolution of our times”, during a rally in Central on Sunday. Photo: HKEJ

    Rally calls for sanctions on HK officials over human rights

    Jan 13, 2020 1:12pm
    Thousands of people staged a rally on Sunday calling on the international community to impose sanctions on Hong Kong officials perceived to be trampling on the human rights of local citizens. Organizers claimed a turnout of...
  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam delivers the keynote address at the opening of the Asian Financial Forum at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai on Monday. Photo: AFF

    Lam: HK strengths as financial hub intact despite protests

    Jan 13, 2020 12:41pm
    Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Monday said Hong Kong’s strengths as a global financial hub have not been undermined by months of pro-democracy protests. Protests in the city escalated in June over a now-withdrawn...
  • A woman walks in front of the closed Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan on Sunday. Photo: AFP

    Wuhan pneumonia outbreak not currently spreading: WHO

    Jan 13, 2020 9:39am
    An outbreak of pneumonia that has killed one person in China and infected 40 others appears to be linked to a single seafood market in the central city of Wuhan and has not so far spread...
  • Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, said his group will launch its latest world report on Tuesday at the United Nations in New York. Photo: AFP

    Human Rights Watch head denied entry to Hong Kong

    Jan 13, 2020 8:12am
    The global head of Human Rights Watch said he was denied entry to Hong Kong, where he was scheduled to launch the organization’s latest world report this week, Reuters reports. Kenneth Roth, the group’s executive director,...
  • Pro-democracy demonstrators from Hong Kong attend a rally in support of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen outside the Democratic Progressive Party headquarters in Taipei on Saturday. Photo: Reuters

    HK protesters celebrate Tsai’s landslide poll win

    Jan 13, 2020 8:01am
    Hong Kong’s democracy protesters and politicians have hailed a sweeping election win by Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen as a fillip for their movement that puts further pressure on China, Reuters reports. Some who left the Asian...
  • Compared to Hong Kong, which is roiled by months of anti-government protests, Macau enjoys a far greater degree of social stability. Photo: Xinhua

    Can Macau replace Hong Kong as global financial hub?

    - Jan 10, 2020 6:16pm
    Last month, President Xi Jinping paid an official visit to Macau to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the city’s handover to Chinese sovereignty. Meanwhile, mainstream media outlets on the mainland were promoting Macau’s achievements over the...
  • Luo Huining, the new director of Beijing's Liaison Office in Hong Kong, meets with Chief Executive Carrie Lam at the Government House on Thursday. Photo: ISD

    New liaison office chief voices firm support for Lam

    Jan 10, 2020 2:10pm
    Luo Huining, the new director of Beijing’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong, praised Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor for her leadership amid the months-long social unrest in the city during a meeting at the Government House...
  • According to HKU microbiologist Yuen Kwok-hung (first, from right), a test on coronavirus now takes six to eight hours, but with additional information from the mainland, the length can be shortened to two to three hours. Photo: HKEJ

    HK seeks genetic info on Wuhan virus to develop quick test

    Jan 10, 2020 12:11pm
    As Wuhan-linked pneumonia cases continue to rise, Hong Kong authorities have sought genetic information from mainland China on the unknown virus behind the infections, hoping to use the knowledge to develop a quick test for detection...
  • The Legco House Committee has virtually ground to a standstill since the start of the current legislative session in October last year. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why the pro-Beijing camp is tolerating Legco filibusters

    - Jan 9, 2020 6:58pm
    Over the past three months, the House Committee of the Legislative Council has already held 11 meetings, all of which were presided by lawmaker Dennis Kwok Wing-hang of the Civic Party. But up to now, it...
  • Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan on Wednesday said the current outbound travel alert system does not cover mainland. Photo: RTHK News video screenshot

    No travel warning for Wuhan despite outbreak, health chief says

    Jan 9, 2020 2:11pm
    No outbound travel alert (OTA) will be issued for the central Chinese city of Wuhan despite an outbreak of pneumonia cases there, Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee said. Chan made the remarks during...
  • Hong Kong’s Security Secretary John Lee has drawn criticism for suggesting that some protesters may have received training from foreign forces. Photo: Now News video/screenshot

    Some protesters may have received foreign training: John Lee

    Jan 9, 2020 1:28pm
    Hong Kong’s security chief said on Wednesday that there is reason to believe that some of the city’s protesters may have received outside help, in terms of training and tactics, for stirring up trouble in the...