15 December 2019

Hong Kong

  • Hundreds of thousands stage a march in Hong Kong on Dec. 8. The mass rally, which came after a big win for the pro-democracy camp in the Nov. 24 DC election, has failed to stir the city’s leader into responding to the public’s demands. Photo: Reuters

    Dialogue with the losers trumps talking to the winners

    - Dec 13, 2019 6:48pm
    The citizens have spoken, most definitively on the streets but in even bigger numbers at the ballot and what has been the response from the Lam administration? Almost unbelievably the first thing that the Chief Executive...
  • People line up to attend the memorial service for Alex Chow Tsz-lok at the Po Fook Memorial Hall in Tai Wai on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    Crowds pay tribute to HKUST student who died from carpark fall

    Dec 13, 2019 2:18pm
    Thousands of people gathered in Tai Wai on Thursday night to pay tribute to a student who died from injuries after a fall from a carpark in Tsueng Kwan O last month. The death of Alex...
  • Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng said speculation that she had been "forced to remain in her post" and similar rumors were totally fallacious. Photo: HKEJ

    Cheng again denies FT report that she offered to quit

    Dec 13, 2019 1:45pm
    Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah has again denied a report of The Financial Times that she had offered to quit, saying she was impressed by “the writers’ abilities to make up stories”. In separate interviews...
  • Riot police arrive to clear a barricade set up by protesters along Nathan road on Dec.1. Foreign experts brought in to advise a police watchdog have quit, adding to doubts about the ability of force to carry out a proper review of recent events. Photo: AF

    IPCC expert panel might be gone, but its advice still holds true

    - Dec 13, 2019 1:21pm
    In a bid to boost the credibility of the Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC), the police watchdog that is looking into some complaints on alleged misconduct of law enforcement personnel during the anti-government protests, Chief Executive Carrie...
  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivers a speech on Friday at an annual symposium in Beijing on international affairs and China's diplomacy. Photo: Reuters

    US seriously damaged hard-won mutual trust: China’s Wang Yi

    Dec 13, 2019 12:53pm
    China’s foreign minister Wang Yi said on Friday that the United States has seriously damaged the hard-won mutual trust between the countries by criticizing Beijing over issues such as Hong Kong and the treatment of Muslim...
  • Anti-government protesters attend a "United We Stand" rally in Central on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    The top 10 buzzwords of 2019

    - Dec 13, 2019 11:23am
    The year 2019 will be remembered for the cataclysm brought about by the much-reviled and now-scrapped extradition bill and the massive, often violent, protests that it has engendered in Hong Kong. The upheaval has also spawned...
  • Refinitiv has been accused of bowing to Beijing's pressure and filtering out some Reuters content on Hong Kong protests from its Eikon terminals in China. Photo: Reuters

    Refinitiv blocked Reuters HK protests stories in China: report

    Dec 13, 2019 10:32am
    As anti-government demonstrations engulfed Hong Kong in August, Reuters broke a sensitive story: Beijing had rejected a secret proposal by city leader Carrie Lam to meet several of the protesters’ demands in a bid to defuse...
  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam hosted small gatherings with members of pro-establishment parties following their disastrous defeat in the recent District Council elections. Photo: HKEJ

    Despite CE apologies, defeated pro-Beijing pols still fuming

    - Dec 12, 2019 7:10pm
    Following the recent District Council elections, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has scheduled a banquet on Dec. 21 for retiring DC members and incumbents who failed to get re-elected from the pro-establishment camp. However, given...
  • The new US law has raised concerns in the Hong Kong business community over its impact on the confidence of investors in the city. Photo: Bloomberg

    On the impact of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act

    - Dec 12, 2019 6:52pm
    Although it has come as no surprise that US President Donald Trump eventually signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act into law, there are still concerns in the local business community about the new law....
  • Anti-government protesters gather on a bridge during clashes with police outside PolyU on Nov.17. The government should nurture our young people into responsible citizens of modern society, says the author. Photo: Reuters

    Do we want a Hong Kong without morals and rule of law?

    - Dec 12, 2019 4:36pm
    Since June 9, when one million people took to the streets to oppose the now-withdrawn extradition bill, police have arrested more than 6,000 people for protest-related offenses, with students constituting a significant portion of them. I...
  • China is expected to announce some 'gifts' to Macau for being an obedient child, unlike Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg

    ‘Good boy’ Macau to win policy rewards from China: report

    Dec 12, 2019 4:23pm
    Chinese President Xi Jinping will announce a raft of new policies aimed at diversifying Macau’s economy and helping the territory reduce its reliance on the casino sector and develop as a financial center, Reuters reports. The...
  • Motions moved by DAB members for disqualification of Tanya Chan (L) and Shiu Ka-chun failed in the Legco on Wednesday, handing the opposition camp a victory. Photos: HKEJ

    Establishment camp fails in Legco motions targeting 2 pan-dems

    Dec 12, 2019 4:22pm
    The pro-establishment camp moved two motions in the Legislative Council on Wednesday for disqualification of two prominent opposition lawmakers who had been found guilty earlier this year by a local court over offenses related to the 2014...
  • Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung said his bureau is taking all complaints against teachers seriously. Photo: HKEJ

    Education chief warns teachers against misconduct

    Dec 12, 2019 1:30pm
    Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung has warned teachers against misconduct, saying his bureau is taking all complaints against them seriously. The warning came after a spokesman for the Education Bureau (EDB) revealed that it is investigating...
  • Many local fans of Nakamura Tokichi will miss its signature matcha and egg rolls – and the experience of dining in an authentic Kyoto teahouse. Photo: Wpcpey/Wikimedia Commons

    Sayonara to Nakamura Tokichi

    - Dec 12, 2019 11:17am
    When Japanese green tea purveyor Nakamura Tokichi landed in Hong Kong in 2015, the local property market was down following the Occupy protest movement a few months back.  It was an auspicious start as it meant...
  • Chinese officials and state media have been showering praise on Macao, describing the SAR as a model that Hong Kong should emulate. Photo: Reuters

    Macao SAR is no model for Hong Kong

    - Dec 12, 2019 8:00am
    Macao is busy preparing for a visit by President Xi Jinping to mark the 20th anniversary of the Special Administrative Region (SAR) and the swearing-in of new Chief Executive Ho Iat-seng. On November 29, hundreds of...
  • With the latest mass-rally largely peaceful and calm returning to the city, the government should seize the opportunity and make some announcements to the public, observers say. Photo: Reuters

    Why community dialogue relaunch is unlikely this month

    - Dec 11, 2019 1:24pm
    On Sunday, hundreds of thousands of people once again took to the streets in Hong Kong to voice their demands and show their support for the months-long protest movement. The mass demonstration was largely peaceful and...
  • The departure of foreign experts from a panel advising a Hong Kong police watchdog is seen as a vote of no confidence in the independence of an investigation into police conduct. Photo: Reuters

    Foreign experts quit HK police watchdog panel

    Dec 11, 2019 1:12pm
    Five foreign experts have quit a panel advising Hong Kong’s police watchdog on an investigation into police conduct during months of pro-democracy protests after raising doubts about the probe’s independence, a lawmaker and media said on...
  • The civil unrest in Hong Kong has inspired protest movements in various parts of the world, including France, Chile and Spain. Photo: Reuters

    HK protesters beat Xi Jinping in final 5 for Person of the Year

    - Dec 11, 2019 1:05pm
    Just as the civil unrest in Hong Kong is considered the most serious popular challenge to the authority of President Xi Jinping since he took power in 2012, the young protesters in this city of ours...
  • Riot police charge towards anti-government protesters during a dispersal operation in Tsim Sha Tsui on Dec. 1. Police said a total of 6,022 people have been arrested for protest-related offenses since June 9. Photo: Reuters

    Over 6,000 arrested for protest-related offenses since June

    Dec 10, 2019 4:35pm
    A total of 6,022 people have been arrested for protest-related offenses since June 9, when about a million took to the streets to oppose the now-withdrawn extradition bill. As the protests entered its seventh month on Monday,...
  • Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam speaks to the media ahead of an Executive Council meeting on Tuesday. Photo: RTHK news video/screenshot

    Lam doesn’t rule out cabinet rejig, says law & order main focus

    Dec 10, 2019 1:17pm
    Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday did not rule out a cabinet reshuffle but said restoring law and order is her top priority. “My first priority now is really to restore law and order in...