Author: Harvey Kong

The head of China’s foreign ministry arm in Hong Kong, Cui Jianchun, recently stated that no diplomats accompanying him on a trip to Hainan island objected to the city’s dual national security laws. He emphasized that such protections are standard worldwide. During his five-day trip to Hainan with 50 participants, including diplomats and business leaders, Cui highlighted that all consuls general, regardless of their country’s development status, supported China’s national security laws. The trip aimed to foster cooperation and understanding between participants, including Australian Consul General Gareth Williams and German Chamber of Commerce President Johannes Hack. Cui expressed confidence in…

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Beijing’s foreign ministry arm in Hong Kong has criticized US President Joe Biden’s extension of the city’s “emergency status,” which is the fourth renewal of an executive order removing Hong Kong’s preferential trade partner status. China’s foreign ministry office in Hong Kong urged the US to stop intervening in the city’s affairs and abide by international norms. They condemned the US for its “persecution fantasy” and called for an end to political shows that humiliate themselves. The renewal of Hong Kong’s “emergency status” by Biden follows the initial declaration by former President Trump in response to Beijing imposing a national…

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In a recent cocktail reception attended by diplomats, Hong Kong Legislative Council president Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen emphasized the importance of dialogue and cooperation over sanctions, decoupling, and ideological bias. Leung highlighted the need for engagement with the international community amidst global transformations and the implementation of a domestic security law in the city. Leung stressed that dialogue and collaboration are essential for navigating uncertainties and adversities, warning that punitive measures can lead to resentment and lose-lose situations. Despite challenges in US-Hong Kong relations, American Consul General Gregory May expressed a desire for friendly exchanges with lawmakers. The reception, attended by…

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Beijing’s top official on Hong Kong affairs, Xia Baolong, recently met with Airport Authority chairman Fred Lam in the capital to discuss leveraging Hong Kong’s unique advantages under the “one country, two systems” principle for national development. Xia encouraged the airport to support Chief Executive John Lee and make further contributions to the city’s governance and national development. Xia also praised the airport’s achievements and urged it to become an international aviation hub, aligning with Beijing’s vision of developing Hong Kong under the “eight centres” policy. This policy focuses on areas like finance, technology, and aviation to enhance Hong Kong’s…

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As of June 30, authorities had received 339 applications for Hong Kong’s new Capital Investment Entrant Scheme (CIES), launched on March 1. The scheme aims to attract successful businessmen and entrepreneurs, potentially bringing over HK$10 billion in investment to Hong Kong. The CIES offers a fast track to residency for wealthy individuals and their families who invest at least HK$30 million, with 90% going into financial assets and the remaining HK$3 million into innovation and strategic industries. Investment in residential properties does not count towards the amount. The scheme’s threshold is three times higher than its previous version to prevent…

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Former and current employees of Christian Zheng Sheng College, a school for rehabilitating drug addicts, have turned to Hong Kong’s court for labour disputes in a bid to claim unpaid wages amidst police accusations of fraud against the charity’s directors. Dennis Yeung King-yin, a former teacher at the college, along with five others filed documents at the Labour Tribunal in Jordan seeking resolution on the unpaid salaries issue. The college, established in 1985 to aid teenagers battling drug addiction or under probation, made headlines earlier when directors were arrested for allegedly misappropriating funds. Yeung, owed wages since March and long…

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Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, John Lee, recently discussed the accomplishments and future plans for the city. He highlighted the completion of constitutional responsibilities, including the implementation of the national security law. Lee emphasized the focus on economic growth, development, and improving people’s livelihoods. Under his leadership, Hong Kong has seen improvements in the economy, with a GDP growth forecast of 2.5-3.5% this year. Efforts have also been made to enhance residents’ lives through initiatives like the light public housing scheme. Lee outlined three major directions for the city: focusing on local economic development, leveraging existing advantages and exploring new growth…

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Hong Kong University (HKU) recently recognized several academics for their outstanding contributions to various fields, including microbiology, earth science, law, and molecular biology. The university praised these professors for their significant impact on society and commitment to research excellence and innovation. Notable names in the ranking also included population health expert Paul Yip Siu-fai, who excelled in social sciences and humanities. However, tensions within the university surfaced following a management reshuffle that sparked controversy between HKU vice-chancellor Xiang Zhang and council head Priscilla Wong Pui-sze. (From left) HKU vice-chancellor Xiang Zhang and Priscilla Wong, head of the university council, are…

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Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, John Lee Ka-chiu, expressed concern over the extended vacancies and frequent staffing changes in senior management roles at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). Lee emphasized the importance of resolving the ongoing leadership row between HKU President Xiang Zhang and the school’s council led by Priscilla Wong Pui-sze. Lee, who also serves as HKU’s chancellor, noted the negative impact of prolonged vacancies on overall administrative work. He stressed the need for a new investigation group to reconcile the conflict and bring clarity to the situation as quickly as possible. The dispute originated from the council’s endorsement…

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China’s space agency has selected its first astronaut from Hong Kong, a policewoman who previously worked in a secret technical services division. Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu hailed this selection as a historic moment, emphasizing the country’s focus on science and technology development in Hong Kong. While the identity of the astronaut remains undisclosed, the China Manned Space Agency revealed that she is among the 10 chosen astronauts in the latest batch, which also includes a resident from Macau. The group will undergo rigorous training at the China Astronaut Research and Training Centre. Previously, a chief inspector from…

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