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Handover politics? I was more worried about the rain, Hong Kong tram driver recalls.

When Hong Kong changed from a British colony to a Chinese special administrative region 20 years ago, those living in the city witnessed the significant moment from different locations, on different jobs and with different feelings. All the little things they experienced, from a hug with Chinese officials to a change in ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Beijing broke its promises to Hong Kong, veteran Democrat laments 20 years after the handover.

When Hong Kong changed from a British colony to a Chinese special administrative region 20 years ago, those living in the city witnessed the significant moment from different locations, on different jobs and with different feelings. All the little things they experienced, from a hug with Chinese officials to a change in ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

‘I prayed for the flags to unfurl properly,’ recalls event producer at Hong Kong’s handover ceremony.

When Hong Kong changed from a British colony to a Chinese special administrative region 20 years ago, those living in the city witnessed the significant moment from different locations, on different jobs and with different feelings. All the little things they experienced, from a hug with Chinese officials to a change in ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

‘At midnight I took off my Royal Hong Kong Police badge and got on with fighting crime’.

When Hong Kong changed from a British colony to a Chinese special administrative region 20 years ago, those living in the city witnessed the significant moment from different locations, on different jobs and with different feelings. All the little things they experienced, from a hug with Chinese officials to a change in ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Glory of a lifetime: Chinese military flag-bearer remembers handover day in Hong Kong.

When Hong Kong changed from a British colony to a Chinese special administrative region 20 years ago, those living in the city witnessed the significant moment from different locations, on different jobs and with different feelings. All the little things they experienced, from a hug with Chinese officials to a change in ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

‘I’m the worst player in the lineup’ – Hong Kong’s Tweet-happy Marco Fu shows funny side on social media.

Hong Kong snooker star Marco Fu Ka-chun is more than simply a master of potting, he is also a master of pithy Tweeting – and it’s clear that he doesn’t always take himself too seriously. The world number six often takes to Twitter and other social media platforms to offers his views, congratulate fellow ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

PolyU’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Global Student Challenge fosters innovation and social responsibility.

Innovation is inseparable from entrepreneurship, and so is social responsibility. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University has therefore aimed to promote entrepreneurial culture of 'Do Well Do Good' spirit at its 5th Innovation and Entrepreneurship Global Student Challenge competition. Other than cultivating social ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Hong Kong leader announces Executive Council-backed HK$7.9 billion plan to scrap MPF offset mechanism.

In a move likely to spark an outcry from the business sector, Hong Kong’s outgoing leader has announced that he and the Executive Council have hammered out an eleventh-hour arrangement to stop employers from dipping into workers’ pension funds for severance and long-service payments. Leung Chun-ying delivered ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Hong Kong Legco grants cash for Kai Tak sports park – 11 years after it was first mooted.

Hong Kong legislators granted the cash for the long-awaited HK$31.9 billion sports complex in Kai Tak after a six-hour debate on Friday, despite lingering doubts over the project’s pro-business financial arrangements. At the Legislative Council’s Finance Committee meeting, 36 lawmakers green-lit the sports ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Hong Kong firefighters improve rescue techniques as number of suicidal jumpers rises.

Hong Kong’s firefighters have improved upon their techniques in rescuing suicidal jumpers as the city’s skyscrapers get ever taller. Local firefighting personnel said they must cope with an extra level of stress in trying to retrieve people at extreme heights. To coax suicidal individuals back indoors, ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Hong Kong retiree has waist bag stolen from toilet.

Hong Kong police are searching for a thief after a 73-year-old man had his waist bag carrying HK$20,000 stolen while using a public toilet in Yau Ma Tei on Friday. According to police, the bag also contained a mobile phone, a wallet and the victim’s bank and identity cards. The incident happened in the public ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

New Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to take questions from lawmakers five days into the job

Hong Kong’s leader in waiting is extending an olive branch to lawmakers by taking questions from them just five days after assuming office. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor also pledged to honour her election pledge to spend HK$5 billion on education, according to a source from the new administration. In another ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

China's Xi visit to Hong Kong confirmed: report

Hong Kong, China, Jun 23 - President Xi Jinping will come to Hong Kong next week to mark 20 years since the city was handed back to China by Britain, local media said, in a visit that will be incendiary to activists. Although widely expected, officials have not so far said whether Xi will make

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The end of globalisation? Chinese companies haven't heard about it

Stephen King, the tousled imagineer whose day job is senior economic adviser to HSBC, swept through Hong Kong this week with a new book and a predictably grabbing message: the West’s 70-year love affair with globalisation and free trade is under threat as “localism” infects the politics of Europe and the ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

President Xi Jinping's visit to Hong Kong for 20th anniversary of handover confirmed – details of his packed itinerary revealed

It’s confirmed. Xi Jinping will visit Hong Kong for the first time since becoming president in 2013 to join the 20th anniversary marking the handover and has a packed itinerary that includes touring the People’s Liberation Army garrison and a high-profile infrastructure project, the Post has learned. Sources ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

The gods must be angry: cars crash into Chinese ancestral temple four times in a month

An ancestral temple in southern China has been hit by cars several times during recent heavy rain due to its location, according to local media. A white SUV skidded off the road and crashed through a wall of the complex on Thursday afternoon, the Guangzhou Daily newspaper reported. Feng shui a force to be reckoned with in ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Chinese school hammers home message that cell phones are simply not allowed

A middle school in southwestern China is going to extreme lengths to hammer home its message that pupils are banned from carrying cell phones on its grounds. In footage first shown on the Pear Video website and later republished by the state-run People’s Daily, a man in a combat uniform is seen using a hefty metal ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Hong Kong's external ties expand in past 20 years: deputy commissioner of Chinese foreign ministry office in HK

THE "one country, two systems" principle is crucial to maintain prosperity and stability of Hong Kong, said Song Ru'an, deputy commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region . Following the principle, mechanisms to safeguard overseas fellow ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

Photo exhibition to mark 20 years of Hong Kong's return

AN exhibition of photos taken by film makers about shikumen, a unique style of architectures in Shanghai, kicked off today in Shanghai to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong. The exhibition, organized by the city's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, the government of Huangpu District and some other ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

University of Hong Kong alumni group backing reforms gains majority in school’s advisory body

A pressure group pushing for governance reforms at Hong Kong’s oldest university has taken a major step forward after gaining a majority in an advisory body to the school’s governing council. All six candidates aligned with the HKU Alumni Concern Group were elected on Thursday into the standing committee of the ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Embrace Beijing and pay ministers more, ex-leader Tung Chee-hwa urges Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s first post-colonial leader, Tung Chee-hwa, has urged the city to groom ministerial talent and forge closer ties with the mainland, saying it has “everything to gain when things work well with China and everything to lose when we don’t work with China”. In a rare admission during an ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

What exactly is Hong Kong’s Executive Council and why does it matter?

Hong Kong’s incoming leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has announced 16 names to join her cabinet, the Executive Council , as non-official members. The 16 will work with 16 principal government officials appointed on Wednesday. Exco is the top policy-making body of the Hong Kong government. It does not function like a ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Graft-buster drops probe into incoming leader Carrie Lam’s role in HK$3.5 billion Palace Museum deal

Hong Kong’s graft-buster has dropped its investigation into incoming leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s role in a contentious deal with Beijing officials to build a local version of the Palace Museum, according to the legislator who filed a complaint against her. Lawmaker Claudia Mo Man-ching, who lodged a ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

‘Different crowd’ of mainland immigrants fill Hong Kong’s talent gap

Former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa said the past decade had seen a “different crowd” of mainland immigrants filling the talent gap in Hong Kong. Since 2003, various talent schemes have drawn tens of thousands of mainland professionals. Meanwhile, the city continues to welcome mainlanders who move to Hong Kong ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Tung Chee-hwa: the whole world is trying to ride on China’s economic progress ... why shouldn’t Hong Kong?

After a light lunch on a humid afternoon on October 8, 1997, 60-year-old Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa and wife Betty got into their blue Mercedes-Benz and set off for the Legislative Council building at Statue Square, Central. The former shipping magnate was ready for his historic task: to roll out his maiden policy ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Veteran Hong Kong journalist released after police fail to find sufficient evidence for indecent assault charge

A five-month probe into an alleged indecent assault case that involved the arrest of a retired journalist ended because police failed to find enough evidence against him, police said on Thursday. Cheung Kwai-yeung, 62, former head of Radio Television Hong Kong’s Putonghua channel, was arrested on February 6 after a ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Goodbye rain as Hong Kong Observatory issues very hot weather warning

Hongkongers looking to ditch their umbrellas after 10 consecutive days of rain might want to keep them handy against the blazing sun on Friday morning. The Hong Kong Observatory issued a very hot weather warning at 9.45am, warning of a high risk of heatstroke. By 10am, temperatures in most urban districts in Hong Kong had ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

President Xi Jinping’s visit to Hong Kong for 20th anniversary of handover confirmed – details of his packed itinerary revealed

It’s confirmed. Xi Jinping will visit Hong Kong for the first time since becoming president in 2013 to join the 20th anniversary marking the handover and has a packed itinerary that includes touring the People’s Liberation Army garrison and a high-profile infrastructure project, the Post has learnt. Sources with ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

One platform for all interests

Graduated from ESF Kennedy School and West Island School, Alan Brown has been teaching in Hong Kong for the past decade in various learning centres and primary schools, including ESF Sha Tin Junior School. During his time of teaching, he learned and valued the importance of extracurricular classes for young children’s ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Grieving couple granted permission to bury miscarried foetus

Under Hong Kong law, parents are not allowed to bury deceased foetuses younger than 24 weeks.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Russia's Financial Carousel Crashes into Asia

Russia is improving ties with offshores in Hong Kong and Singapore, but numbers don't tell the whole story.

- The Diplomat - US

Asian shares flat as weak oil prices weigh on investors

HONG KONG — Asian shares are ending the week on a subdued note with most indexes little changed Friday as the price of oil halted its decline, while still hovering near its lowest level in almost a year.

- Billings Gazette - US

Cornerstone for Hong Kong prosperity lies in stability: Malaysian scholar

A Malaysian political scholar has highlighted the importance of Hong Kong's stability and rule of law, saying that they form the cornerstone of its continuous development and prosperity. Hong Kong, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of its return to China, enjoys the confidence of international investors due to its ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

Photo exhibition held in Jakarta to mark 20 years of Hong Kong's return to China

A photo exhibition was held here Tuesday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China. Organized by Chinese embassy in Indonesia, the exhibition displayed nearly 40 big photos unfolding Hong Kong's great achievements in politics, economy, social affairs and culture in the past 20 years. More than 100 ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

Hong Kong to become wealth management center for mainland: HKEX chief executive

HONG Kong's financial sector has boomed remarkably since its return to the motherland and the city will become a wealth management center for the mainland in the next two decades, said Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited chief executive Charles Li. The "one country, two systems" principle is the cornerstone for the ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

From Hong Kong to world stage - WHO chief Margaret Chan's endeavor to safeguard public health

MARGARET Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization said she was glad that the WHO and its partner organizations have made great achievements in the past 10 years, with people's health condition and life expectancy largely improved. The number of deaths due to malaria and AIDS dropped by 50 percent in the past ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

Maritime court is kept busy

SHANGHAI Maritime Court said that nearly 20 percent of the cases it heard last year involved residents outside the Chinese mainland. The court finished 5,101 cases in 2016, up 8.28 percent from 2015, involving nearly 4.6 billion yuan . Of them, 983 concerned people from 36 countries and regions, including Hong Kong, Taiwan ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

Rules for mainland-HK bond link

China’s central bank has issued rules on overseas investment in the mainland interbank bond market via the mainland-Hong Kong bond connect program. Qualified overseas investors can buy bonds in the interbank bond market either with the yuan or foreign currencies, under the rules released by the People’s Bank of ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

Basic Law 're-education' urged by Beijing's former top man in Hong Kong

Beijing’s top man in Hong Kong during the city’s handover to China two decades ago has urged “re-education” for citizens in constitutional matters and greater emphasis on their obligations to the country. Zhou Nan, former director of the official Xinhua News Agency’s Hong Kong branch – ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Hong Kong couple win right to bury stillborn son

They can now collect the 15-week-old foetus from a hospital and carry out a proper burial.

- BBC - UK

Kwun Tong’s HK$30 million shop overtakes glitzy Causeway Bay

Telecom Digital Holdings, which operates a chain of retail outlets for mobile phones in Hong Kong and Macau, has paid HK$30 million for a shop in the dowdy industrial neighbourhood of Kwun Tong, topping the market price in the city’s glitzy Causeway Bay shopping district. The 301 square foot shop at the Kwun Tong ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Hong Kong ‘part-time girlfriend’ sex services end for 10 women arrested in undercover operation

A secondary school pupil and two university graduates were among 10 Hong Kong women arrested in an undercover police operation after they were accused of placing online advertisements as “part-time girlfriends” to offer sex services, police said on Thursday. The phenomenon of “part-time girlfriends”, ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Hold landlords of illegal cubicle flats criminally accountable, exiting Hong Kong development minister says

Hong Kong’s outgoing development minister said one of the most urgent tasks and significant challenges for his successor would be holding landlords criminally accountable for operating illegal cubicle flats in the city’s industrial buildings. Eric Ma Siu-cheung said the flats posed an imminent fire threat and ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Single Hong Kong mother of epileptic son seeks residency after seven refusals

A single mother who has been refused Hong Kong residency seven times since 2001 has reiterated her hope that she can stay in the city on humanitarian grounds to care for her 17-year-old epileptic son. Since April last year, the Chinese mother and holder of an Argentine passport has petitioned top official Chief Executive ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Hong Kong must reach deal this year on operating cross-border railway, MTR boss warns

An operating agreement for the HK$84.4 billion high-speed railway line between Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Guangzhou must be finalised this year to reduce uncertainty, the chairman of the MTR Corp has told the government. Frederick Ma Si-hang also said it would be a “joke” if the controversial co-location ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Stormy Hong Kong weather blamed for slump in visitors to cable car

The stormy weather has been blamed for a slump in visitors to the Ngong Ping 360 cable car on Lantau, which reopened earlier this month after a five-month revamp. Numbers to the Tung Chung attraction dropped 25 per cent between June 5 and 18, to 40,000, compared with the same period, managing director Stella Kwan Mun-yee ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Basic Law ‘re-education’ urged by Beijing’s former top man in Hong Kong

Beijing’s top man in Hong Kong during the city’s handover to China two decades ago has urged “re-education” for citizens in constitutional matters and greater emphasis on their obligations to the country. Zhou Nan, former director of the official Xinhua News Agency’s Hong Kong branch – ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Beijing's New $12.9 Billion Airport Will Be Battleground for Global Airlines

The new airport in Beijing will be able to host 45 million passengers a year when it opens in 2019, with the capacity to handle 72 million a year. We expect this mega-airport to steal share from regional rival hubs in Hong Kong and Singapore. -Sean O'Neill

- Skift - US

'I Am Rocket,' 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Director James Gunn Tells Chinese Screenwriters

The structure of 'Guardians of the Galaxy' comes straight from Hong Kong cinema ,' Guardians' director James Gunn said this week. Johnnie To, John Woo and Ringo Lam made me fall in love with cinema even more than I had been before.' Other early influences when Gunn was a...

- Variety - US

Quick-thinking Hong Kong workers use fork-lift to rescue man trapped under lorry

In a quick-thinking move, a group of Hong Kong workers used a fork-lift to free a 60-year-old man trapped under a lorry on Thursday morning, before the arrival of emergency personnel. An employee of the victim, who owns a transportation company, was also injured in the accident, which happened in a car park outside the ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

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