8 December 2019

Hong Kong

  • Carrie Lam speaks to the media after casting her vote at a polling station during district council elections on Sunday. The election results have come as a shocker to Lam and the pro-establishment camp. Photo: Reuters

    Will listen ‘humbly’ to public’s views, Lam says amid DC shocker

    Nov 25, 2019 4:25pm
    Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam said on Monday that she respects the result of the district council election, vowing that she would listen “humbly” to the public’s views and reflect on her administration’s shortcomings. “There...
  • Leading figures of the DAB bow in apology during a press conference on Monday morning. Photo: HKEJ

    DAB chairwoman Starry Lee keeps seat amid pan-dems’ onslaught

    Nov 25, 2019 1:41pm
    Lawmaker Starry Lee Wai-king was one of the few pro-establishment candidates who survived the brutal onslaught of the pan-democrats in Sunday’s district council elections. Lee, chairwoman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of...
  • Kelvin Lam’s supporters celebrate early Monday after learning of their candidate's triumph in the district council election contest. Lam had stood in after activist Joshua Wong was barred from running in the DC polls. Photo: Reuters

    Pro-democracy camp scores landslide win in HK local elections

    Nov 25, 2019 1:21pm
    Pro-democracy candidates won a landslide victory in Hong Kong’s district council elections as people turned out in record numbers on Sunday to choose their local representatives and deliver a stinging rebuke to the Carrie Lam administration....
  • Junius Ho conceded defeat, via a social media post, over his DC re-election bid, offering a particularly sweet victory for the opposition camp. Photo: Facebook/Junius Ho

    Controversial lawmaker Junius Ho bites the dust in DC election

    Nov 25, 2019 1:02pm
    Pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho Kwan-yiu, who had faced severe criticism over his remarks and conduct in recent months as he advocated a zero-tolerance approach toward anti-government protesters, suffered a humiliating defeat in the district council (DC)...
  • Voters form a long queue to cast their ballots at a polling station during the District Council elections on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    The people have spoken

    - Nov 25, 2019 10:25am
    Although Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor won’t admit it, Sunday’s District Council election was a referendum on her administration, and the results clearly show that she has lost the people’s confidence – if that wasn’t...
  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam is not likely to be replaced before the ongoing unrest subsides, pro-Beijing sources said. Photo: HKEJ

    Beijing not keen on replacing Carrie Lam right away: sources

    - Nov 25, 2019 9:23am
    During an official visit to London earlier this month, Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah was confronted by a group of protesters and was injured as a result. She reportedly suffered a wrist dislocation and bone fracture....
  • A fire burns as protesters block the bridge above the Cross Harbour Tunnel during clashes with police outside PolyU last Sunday. The government wants to reopen the tunnel as soon as possible. Photo: Reuters

    Govt to reopen Cross Harbour Tunnel, may temporarily waive tolls

    Nov 22, 2019 3:35pm
    The Cross Harbour Tunnel (CHT) is likely to reopen before its damaged toll booths are all repaired or rebuilt, Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said. Cheung told media on Thursday the government aims to allow traffic...
  • Chicken meat is seen among debris at a cafeteria in PolyU on Thursday. A protester asked some visiting university officials to help in cleaning up the canteen and the kitchen. Photo: Reuters

    PolyU holdout protesters said to suffer poor hygiene conditions

    Nov 22, 2019 12:47pm
    The few dozen protesters who are still within the campus of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), which has been under siege by riot police since Sunday in the wake of a violent standoff, are believed...
  • Despite the advancement of technologies, we are still far from the days when fully autonomous vehicles can solve every problem in today’s traffic situations. Photo: Reuters

    Why autonomous vehicle systems need human-centric approach

    - Nov 22, 2019 9:52am
    Currently the trending concept behind autonomous vehicles is removing the human and focusing on the machine. But I have a different view. After 12 years at NASA researching autonomous systems for Mars, and seven years at...
  • People gather for a demonstration in Central on Nov. 13. White-collar office workers have been taking to the streets during lunch hours to voice their support for the frontline protesters in Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters

    Showing respect for civil society is 1st step to reconciliation

    - Nov 21, 2019 7:05pm
    Compared to the Occupy movement five years ago, Hong Kong’s civil society has been getting more deeply involved in the ongoing anti-government protest movement. In recent days, many white-collar office workers, including bankers and corporate executives...
  • Pro-establishment candidates are seen as the underdogs in the district council election, but it might be a mistake to write off the camp's chances and think that the game is over. Photo: HKEJ

    DC polls: Why the pro-establishment camp is not losing hope

    - Nov 21, 2019 6:43pm
    More than five months into extradition bill-triggered crisis, Hong Kong’s leadership continues to face heavy fire for perceived misgovernance. Meanwhile the pro-establishment camp, which has long been helping the government to secure the passage of most...
  • Protesters are escorted by medical personnel after leaving PolyU on Wednesday. Security chief John Lee said that if the underage protesters who remain in campus leave, the police will let them go, but would still conduct detailed probes. Photo: Reuters

    Security chief accused of double-speak over PolyU protesters

    Nov 21, 2019 4:34pm
    Security Secretary John Lee Ka-chiu is facing criticism over remarks he made in relation to the protesters who were at the besieged Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), with the official being accused of double-speak and insensitivity that...
  • Police fire tear gas to disperse protesters in Central on Nov. 12. Photo: HKEJ

    Top officials seek to allay health risk fears over tear gas

    Nov 21, 2019 1:15pm
    Top government officials have sought to allay fears that the massive use of tear gas by police in the months-long civil unrest is posing health and environmental risks to Hongkongers. Police have fired more than 10,000...
  • Anti-government demonstrators block a road near Polytechnic University on Nov. 18. Hong Kong’s upcoming district council elections have assumed added significance in the view of the months-long social unrest in the city. Photo: Reuters

    Your vote means more in this election

    - Nov 21, 2019 1:07pm
    Many people believe pan-democratic candidates will win big in Sunday’s district council election, with the vote seen as a sort of referendum on the Carrie Lam administration and its handling of the anti-government protests that have...
  • Police detain protesters on the campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hung Hom on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Trump expected to sign HK rights bills despite China warnings

    Nov 21, 2019 9:04am
    The US House of Representatives passed two bills to back protesters in Hong Kong and send a warning to China about human rights, with President Donald Trump expected to sign them into law, despite delicate trade...
  • Protesters clash with police outside Hong Kong Polytechnic University on Nov. 17. Given the recent events, it is being said that you are not a true Hongkonger unless you have smelled teargas. Photo: Reuters

    Wake up and smell the tear gas, Mrs Lam

    - Nov 21, 2019 8:00am
    Do the idealistic young people who fought to defend their university campuses from being stormed by the police have a stake in society? Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor is on the record as saying young protesters don’t...
  • A file picture shows some industrial buildings in Ngau Tau Kok. Hong Kong needs to revive its manufacturing sector, but with select high-end segments, the author says. Photo: HKEJ

    HK needs to bring back manufacturing, albeit high-end

    - Nov 20, 2019 6:57pm
    Hit by months-long social unrest and the Sino-US trade war, Hong Kong’s economy has entered a technical recession and the prospects going forward appear anything but promising. The government has launched a series of relief and...
  • The concept of judicial independence and the separation of powers, which is one of Hong Kong’s core values, seem inimical to the political thought process of the central authorities in Beijing, the author says. Photo: Bloomberg

    Intemperate interpretation

    - Nov 20, 2019 6:02pm
    Who authorized Zang Tiewei to assert that Hong Kong’s High Court has no power to rule on the constitutionality of Carrie Lam’s executive order prohibiting face masks? Of course, it was to be expected that all...
  • An ‘SOS’ sign on the campus of PolyU on Tuesday. The standoff between protesters and police has ended, for the most part, thanks to mediation efforts led by former Legco president Jasper Tsang (inset).  Photos: Reuters, Bloomberg

    Jasper Tsang & team become a talking point after PolyU ‘rescue’

    - Nov 20, 2019 5:42pm
    The standoff at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) took a dramatic turn on Tuesday as a number of prominent social figures appeared at the scene late in the night and sought to mediate between the...
  • Simon Cheng told BBC in an interview that he was tortured in China and accused of inciting political unrest in Hong Kong. Photo: BBC News video screenshot

    UK outraged at ‘torture’ of former HK consulate employee

    Nov 20, 2019 4:26pm
    British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Wednesday condemned China’s treatment of a former employee of Britain’s Hong Kong consulate who told a newspaper Chinese secret police beat him as they sought information about pro-democracy protests in...