28 January 2020

Hong Kong

  • People sign their names on a giant piece of cloth and write down their thoughts about the months-long protest movement during a gathering in Central on Sunday. Photo: AFP

    Thousands join rally and vow more protest action in 2020

    Dec 30, 2019 11:54am
    Thousands of people gathered in Hong Kong on Sunday for a rally that sought to take stock of the months-long protest movement and send a signal that the campaign for greater democracy will be kept going...
  • The Novichok Prize for 2019 goes to lawmaker Junius Ho 'for his audacious courage in using the Legco chamber to make deeply offensive racist and sexist remarks,' our columnist writes. Photo: Bloomberg

    The 2019 (dubious) honors list

    - Dec 27, 2019 4:04pm
    In the spirit of the season this column offers readers an opportunity to catch up on a clutch of awards made in recognition of extraordinary performance during the course of 2019: The Golgotha Award for Suffering...
  • Anti-government protesters attend a rally at a shopping mall in Hong Kong’s Sha Tin area on Christmas day. Across the city, more demonstrations are planned for New Year’s Eve. Photo: Reuters

    Hundreds gather at malls for 3rd day in Christmas protests

    Dec 27, 2019 1:08pm
    Hundreds of protesters marched through Hong Kong shopping malls on Thursday, disrupting business in the city for a third day over the festive period and prompting riot police to close off a mall in a tourist...
  • With the months-long unprecedented protests, Hong Kong people have shown that their concerns go beyond economic and livelihood issues. Photo: Reuters

    Time for a new approach to ease the crisis

    - Dec 27, 2019 10:51am
    The events of the past six months have made it amply clear that Hong Kong people aren’t politically apathetic anymore. The record-breaking voter turnout in the recent District Council election was an unmistakable proof of the...
  • As China seems to interpret the law to mean whatever it wants it to mean, many Hongkongers feel Chinese officials, and their surrogates in HK, are not to be trusted, the author observes. Photo: Reuters

    2019: The year China’s Hong Kong chickens came home to roost

    - Dec 27, 2019 8:00am
    Zhou Enlai, premier of the People’s Republic of China from 1949 until his death in 1976, used to say: “We Chinese mean what we say.” China’s word was its bond. This year, the People’s Republic of China...
  • A file photo depicts Christmas lights decorations in Tsim Tsa Tsui East. Hong Kong has much to reflect upon as a tumultuous year draws to a close. Photo: CNSA

    Let our children have a hopeful Christmas

    - Dec 24, 2019 4:27pm
    Over several decades of work in advocating child protection and upholding their rights, I have borne witness to a number of key milestones that Hong Kong had passed through in relation to those matters. For example,...
  • A police officer points a revolver at a crowd during a tense moment last Sunday when protesters threw objects at law enforcement personnel following a rally in the Central district. Photo: AFP

    Police defend gun-drawing officer, cite self-defense

    Dec 24, 2019 1:24pm
    Police defended the action of an officer who drew his gun on a crowd during a confrontation with protesters on Sunday, saying he was forced to brandish his weapon in order to save himself and his...
  • Demonstrators, many of them wearing dark clothes and face masks, participate in a rally called to express support for the protester support platform Spark Alliance, whose assets have been frozen by authorities. Photo: HKEJ

    Thousands join rally in support of curbs-hit protester aid group

    Dec 24, 2019 1:17pm
    Thousands of people gathered at Edinburgh Place in Central on Monday night, voicing their support for Spark Alliance, a fundraising platform that has been helping arrested protesters over the years before its assets were frozen last...
  • Protesters face off against riot police at a Hong Kong rally on Sunday in support of the human rights of Xinjiang Uighurs in China. Photo: Reuters

    More protests planned in HK over Christmas week

    Dec 23, 2019 4:22pm
    Hong Kong is bracing for demonstrations over Christmas week with protesters planning events in districts across the city, including in prime shopping malls, the latest in more than six months of unrest, Reuters reports. Protests planned...
  • A file picture shows the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Hong Kong. Most of the Catholic churches in the city will hold their Christmas Eve Mass hours earlier than usual on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

    Most Catholic churches tweak Christmas Eve Mass schedules

    Dec 23, 2019 2:19pm
    The majority of Catholic churches in Hong Kong will hold the Christmas Eve Mass hours earlier than usual on Tuesday, a precautionary measure in view of the unstable social situation. Reverend Dominic Chan Chi-ming of the Hong...
  • Riot police subdue protesters in clashes after a rally that saw masked activists throw objects at officers and indulge in other activities, including pulling down the national flag. Photo: HKEJ

    Officer pulls gun on crowd in clashes after Uyghur support rally

    Dec 23, 2019 1:22pm
    A police officer pointed his revolver at a crowd on Sunday after a rally held by a group of people to show support for Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang descended into confrontation between the protesters and law...
  • Despite being a rich city, Hong Kong has seen a significant slide in the happiness index among the locals in recent years. Photo: Bloomberg

    Peace, not money, generates prosperity

    - Dec 23, 2019 12:45pm
    Though Hong Kong is in the top league globally in terms of GDP per capita, the happiness index of Hong Kong people has dropped in recent years. The social situation in the past few months has...
  • Protesters attend a two-million strong march on June 16. Despite the opposition camp’s huge win in the November District Council election, Hong Kong authorities have failed to make any concessions to try to end the ongoing crisis. Photo: Reuters

    HK protests offer a grim reminder for Taiwan

    - Dec 23, 2019 11:17am
    The Hong Kong resistance movement of the past six months is a phenomenal and historic event, one that could also have profound implications for China’s development path over the next several decades. So far a key...
  • A person tries out Japan Tobacco’s Ploom Tech+ smokeless tobacco device at an event in Tokyo on Jan. 17. In HK, there is debate as to whether authorities should impose a total ban on alternative smoking products or show some flexibility.  Photo: Bloomberg

    Liberal Party pushes middle path on alternative smoking products

    - Dec 20, 2019 6:33pm
    Last year, the Hong Kong government put forward a bill seeking to ban the sale of alternative smoking products, including electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), heat-not-burn tobacco products and herbal cigarettes, provoking a fierce backlash from the industry and local...
  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam, shown here at a press conference in Beijing on Monday, has received expressions of support from the state leaders amid the ongoing unrest in Hong Kong. Photo: AFP

    How Carrie Lam secures her legitimacy to rule

    - Dec 20, 2019 5:04pm
    On Monday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor went to Beijing to meet with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to report on the current situation in Hong Kong and the SAR administration’s work. Perhaps...
  • President Xi Jinping speaks at a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of Macau’s return to Chinese rule, in Macau on Friday. Photo: Reuters

    China won’t allow foreign forces to interfere in HK, Macau: Xi

    Dec 20, 2019 4:16pm
    President Xi Jinping said on Friday China would never allow foreign forces to interfere with its special regions of Hong Kong and Macau, as he swore in a new pro-Beijing government for the gambling hub of...
  • Police carried out some arrests as months-long investigations have pointed to suspicious transactions and questionable activities in relation to a fund that aims to support protesters, an officer, Chan Wai-kei, said on Thursday. Photo: HKEJ

    Four arrested over alleged misuse of protester support fund

    Dec 20, 2019 3:43pm
    Four people were arrested on Thursday for alleged offences in connection with a fund that aims to help Hong Kong protesters who face legal or financial troubles amid the pro-democracy fight. Arresting the four, who are...
  • Police fire tear gas at protesters during a dispersal operation in Admiralty on June 12. Photo: HKEJ

    Pan-dems fail in bid to launch inquiries into June 12 clashes

    Dec 20, 2019 12:16pm
    Pan-democratic lawmakers pushed three motions for the Legislative Council to investigate alleged police brutality in the handling of protesters, only to see them all rejected. The incident proposed to be investigated took place outside the government headquarters in...
  • It is the diminishing confidence in Hong Kong’s rule of law and autonomy due to the recent events here, rather than Washington's moves to enact new Hong Kong-related legislation, that will trigger a potential brain drain and capital flight from the c

    Erosion of freedoms, not US law, that investors will fret about

    - Dec 19, 2019 5:10pm
    When US President Donald Trump officially signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act into law late last month, the mainland officialdom lashed out at Washington almost immediately. Before Trump cleared the legislation, state-owned newspaper...
  • Former chief secretary Rafael Hui walks out of Stanley Prison in Southern District on Wednesday morning. Photo: HKEJ

    Rafael Hui freed after serving 5 years in jail for corruption

    Dec 19, 2019 1:48pm
    Former chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan was released on Wednesday after spending five years in jail for bribery and misconduct in public office. Hui, 71, walked out of Stanley Prison in Southern District shortly after 9...