19 October 2019

Hong Kong

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    Crossroads postscript: In case you missed anything

    - Oct 11, 2014 3:29pm
    This series touched a nerve in Hong Kong and elsewhere, creating a lively forum for issues ranging from the democracy movement and governance to social concerns such as air pollution and poverty, as well as infrastructure and...
  • Police ring protesters in Civic Square. A student group says it will talk to other protesters to scale back their action if the government reopens the square. Photo: Internet

    Students will swap street occupation for Civic Square reopening

    - Oct 10, 2014 6:57pm
    A group of student activists said they will talk to fellow protesters about scaling back their occupation of Hong Kong roads if the government agrees to reopen Civic Square in Tamar Park, ground zero of the...
  • Leung Chai-yan has made several controversial remarks on social media. Photo: Facebook

    Leung daughter threatens to sue foreign media over online posts

    - Oct 10, 2014 6:18pm
    Leung Chai-yan, the daughter of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, has threatened to take legal action against a number of foreign news publications for “defamatory articles” on her controversial remarks. “Unless you removed your defamatory...
  • A women's toilet is well stocked with all kinds of amenities. Signs remind users they can protest and keep the toilet clean at the same time. Photo:, Facebook, Mingpao

    Toilets spick and span at Occupy sites

    Oct 10, 2014 5:36pm
    Going to the toilet around the areas occupied by protesters may be a daunting business because they may be dirty, never mind the long queues. Not so, apparently. The toilets used by the protesters are spick...
  • As the Occupy campaign approaches its third week, many of the participants are feeling exhausted and the goal seems so far away. Photo: HKEJ

    Prepare for a protracted fight for democracy

    - Oct 10, 2014 5:26pm
    Hong Kong’s campaign for democracy has entered a crucial stage. The students, who are at the forefront of this campaign, should brace themselves for a protracted fight as the community starts yearning for a return to normal...
  • Australian newspapers follow through on story about payout to CY Leung. Photo:Fairfax Media

    Leung lawyer tried to stop ‘secret payments’ article

    - Oct 10, 2014 4:49pm
    A lawyer for Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying had tried to prevent a newspaper article alleging that Hong Kong’s top official received secret payments from an Australian engineering firm from being published, Next Media magazine reported Friday. The lawyer...
  • An Australian media report on how Leung Chun-ying got millions in secret fees. The man behind the breaking news is John Garnaut, Fairfax Media's Asia Pacific editor. Photo:, Apple Daily

    CY Leung, Bo Xilai and the Aussie China hand reporter

    Oct 10, 2014 4:12pm
    Leung Chun-ying may not have seen this coming. Having risen to Hong Kong’s highest office as chief executive, he is about to fall heavily. Just like Bo Xilai, once a rising political star in mainland China...
  • Police stand behind a haze of tear gas. The sudden order to withdraw after a chaotic dispersal operation damaged police morale. Photo: AFP

    Cops blame superiors for chaotic protest response

    Oct 10, 2014 2:16pm
    Hong Kong police are under fire from junior officers for last week’s chaotic operation in which tear gas and pepper spray were used on unarmed student protesters, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday. The failure is being blamed...
  • Some participants have dropped out of the Wine & Dine Festival because of security concerns. Photo:

    Street protests force relocation, rescheduling of tourism events

    Oct 10, 2014 1:25pm
    Two of the five tourism-related events scheduled to be held in Central this month have been rescheduled or moved to another venue due to the ongoing street protests, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday. The four-day Wine &...
  • Leung Chun-ying has denied any impropriety in a US$7 million contract with UGL. Nonetheless, some lawmakers say they will begin impeachment proceedings against him. Photo: AFP

    Leung faces tax probe over HK$50 mln Australian payments

    Oct 10, 2014 12:27pm
    A government prosecutor has been appointed to investigate allegations Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying did not pay tax on about HK$50 million in consultancy fees from an Australian company, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Friday....
  • The impact of the Occupy campaign on arrivals is expected to ease as the situation improves, says Paul Leung, former director of strategic planning and research at the Hong Kong Tourism Board. Photo: HKEJ

    Overreliance on mainland tourists is risky

    - Oct 10, 2014 12:01pm
    This year’s Golden Week holiday is quite different from the ones we’ve seen before. Arrivals registered a single-digit growth during the period, the first time it was this slow since the start of the Individual Visitors Scheme (IVS)....
  • One of the frozen tenders is for a HK$3 billion train refurbishment project for which UGL is bidding. Photo: Bloomberg

    Hong Kong stops bidding for MTR projects involving UGL

    Oct 10, 2014 11:31am
    Hong Kong has halted bidding for railway projects involving an Australian company at the center of controversial payments to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, Apple Daily reported Friday. MTR Corp. (00066.HK), Hong Kong’s railway operator, shelved the...
  • A pro-democracy demonstrator reacts on hearing Chief Secretary Carrie Lam has called off talks with students while protesters block areas around the government headquarters. Photo: Reuters

    Protest set to escalate after Carrie Lam calls off talks

    Oct 10, 2014 10:28am
    Student leaders have called on protesters to bring their tents for “camping” at Admiralty today after Chief Secretary Carrie Lam called off talks set for this afternoon. Lam said yesterday it would be impossible to have a...
  • Hong Kong's reputation as one of Asia’s top innovative cities is being eroded amid strong global and regional competition, says Edmund Lee, executive director of Hong Kong Design Centre. Photo: HKEJ

    Design is key to Hong Kong competitiveness

    - Oct 10, 2014 9:54am
    When it comes to sustainable development and enhancing our competitiveness, Hong Kong appears to be resting on its laurels. No doubt we have many things to be proud of: an advanced service economy with well-run infrastructure,...
  • To many corporates, Hong Kong is their preferred city in the region in which to grow their business, says Standard Chartered Bank Hong Kong CEO May Tan. Photo: HKEJ

    What makes Hong Kong tick?

    - Oct 10, 2014 8:55am
    For decades, Hong Kong has stood out from Asia’s competitive business landscape and maintained its position as one of the most important economic engines in the region. Hong Kong’s competitive business environment is built upon a...
  • Hong Kong is stepping up a competition law to strengthen its regime of consumer protection. Photo: Internet

    Hong Kong a step closer to competition law

    - Oct 9, 2014 7:35pm
    Hong Kong moved a step closer to a competition law Thursday with the release of draft guidelines ahead of a legislative debate on the proposed measure. The guidelines, called the First Conduct Rule, set the conditions...
  • Wan Qingliang's expulsion from the party is expected to be confirmed at its upcoming plenum. His case has been transferred to judicial authorities. Photo:

    Top Guangzhou cadre sacked from party for graft

    - Oct 9, 2014 6:31pm
    A former top cadre in Guangzhou has been expelled from the Communist Party for corruption, state news agency Xinhua reported Thursday, citing China’s anti-graft watchdog. Wan Qingliang, a former party chief in the southern Chinese city,...
  • This should have said 'The faces of protest', Joshua Wong writes in  a self-effacing Facebook post. Photo: Time

    Wong makes Time cover, takes issue with it

    - Oct 9, 2014 6:01pm
    Time magazine has anointed Joshua Wong as the face of Hong Kong’s student protest. He disagrees. “The headline should be changed to ‘The faces of protest’,” Wong said in a self-effacing Facebook post after the magazine...
  • The salesman's analogy about brand choices for smartphones is apt for Hong Kong's political situation. But iPhone 6 and Nokia? Seriously? Photos: Internet

    Why universal suffrage is more iPhone than Nokia

    - Oct 9, 2014 4:08pm
    As it turns out, more Hong Kong people rooted for the protesters than cheered iPhone 6. But that does not mean the much coveted device was out of sight or out of mind. After all, iPhone...
  • Some moderate democrats are advising the protesters to retreat but the younger generation are not persuaded. Photo: HKEJ

    Let demonstrators lead the campaign, please

    - Oct 9, 2014 4:06pm
    There is no doubt religious and political leaders have a role to play in the student-led Umbrella Movement. They can try their best to protect the protesters from a potential bloody crackdown ordered by the government...