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Mike Lam, founder of AbouThai, a pro-democracy district councilor, outside the West Kowloon Magistrates Courts following a bail hearing in Hong Kong, China, on Friday, March 5, 2021. (Bloomberg)

Hong Kong: Customs officials raid shop founded by pro-democracy activist

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON APR 09, 2021 09:56 PM IST
Hong Kong: Customs officers on Thursday raided 25 shops belonging to the chain, AbouThai, and arrested a 33-year-old male director of the group, the government said in a statement.
A file photo shows the main chamber of the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. (AFP)
A file photo shows the main chamber of the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. (AFP)

China tightens grip on Hong Kong with sweeping electoral shake-up

By Sutirtho Patranobis I Edited by Nadim Siraj
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2021 03:07 AM IST
Changes to the electoral system essentially mean lawmakers standing for elections in Hong Kong have to be vetted for their loyalty to the mainland, thereby ensuring that only “patriotic” candidates run for office in the special administrative region
One of the eight Hong Kong pro-democracy activists, with black hood, is escorted by police officers after arriving at a police station in Hong Kong.(AP)
One of the eight Hong Kong pro-democracy activists, with black hood, is escorted by police officers after arriving at a police station in Hong Kong.(AP)

8 Hong Kong democracy activists set to return from China after jail terms

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 22, 2021 03:44 PM IST
  • They were among 12 activists whose boat was intercepted at sea by mainland authorities in August 2020 allegedly en route to the democratic island of Taiwan.
People show their appointment details to a staff while entering a community vaccination center administering the BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine imported by Fosun Pharma in Hong Kong, China.(Bloomberg)
People show their appointment details to a staff while entering a community vaccination center administering the BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine imported by Fosun Pharma in Hong Kong, China.(Bloomberg)

Hong Kong vaccine bookings jump on 1st day of expanded access

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 17, 2021 12:43 PM IST
  • Some 30,800 people reserved slots to get the Chinese-made Sinovac Biotech Ltd. shot and 113,200 others booked doses of Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE’s vaccine at community vaccine centers in the 24 hours ending at 8pm Tuesday, the government said.
Initial public offerings in the city have already hit almost $11 billion, a close to 500% jump from a year earlier, with video streaming platform Bilibili Inc. and search giant Baidu Inc. among companies preparing multi-billion dollar deals.(AP/ Representational)
Initial public offerings in the city have already hit almost $11 billion, a close to 500% jump from a year earlier, with video streaming platform Bilibili Inc. and search giant Baidu Inc. among companies preparing multi-billion dollar deals.(AP/ Representational)

Hong Kong: IPO hits almost $11 billion, close to 500% jump from 1 year earlier

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 17, 2021 12:17 PM IST
A pandemic-induced hunger for technology stocks and the threat of US delistings have been a boon for the financial hub during a difficult political stretch, driving a surge in initial and secondary share sales.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam.(AFP)
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam.(AFP)

New Hong Kong law on patriotic oaths may threaten judges

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 16, 2021 03:16 PM IST
They warn that the so-called "negative list" - which proscribes unpatriotic acts - under the oath-taking bill is far too vague and could put judges under intense pressure if their rulings and judgments are viewed as challenging the government.
Benny Zee, a scientist from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, demonstrates retinal eye scanning technology used for early detection of autism during an interview with Reuters in Hong Kong, China.(Reuters)
Benny Zee, a scientist from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, demonstrates retinal eye scanning technology used for early detection of autism during an interview with Reuters in Hong Kong, China.(Reuters)

Hong Kong scientist develops retinal scan technology for early childhood autism

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 15, 2021 03:51 PM IST
  • Retinal eye scanning can help to improve early detection and treatment outcomes for children, said Benny Zee, a professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
FILE PHOTO: People receive a dose of the Sinovac Biotech's Covid-19 vaccine at a community vaccination centre in Hong Kong, China, on February 23, 2021. (Paul Yeung/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo)
FILE PHOTO: People receive a dose of the Sinovac Biotech's Covid-19 vaccine at a community vaccination centre in Hong Kong, China, on February 23, 2021. (Paul Yeung/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo)

US consulate in Hong Kong closes after staff test positive for Covid-19

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 15, 2021 02:40 PM IST
The two cases emerged during an "ambush lockdown" -- a tactic used by Hong Kong authorities to descend overnight on apartment blocks where they suspect there may be cases and test everyone inside.
China on Thursday voted to pass legislation on Hong Kong's electoral system. The legislation was passed with only one abstention and 2,895 delegates voting in favour. (Representative Image)(REUTERS)
China on Thursday voted to pass legislation on Hong Kong's electoral system. The legislation was passed with only one abstention and 2,895 delegates voting in favour. (Representative Image)(REUTERS)

China non-compliant with joint declaration on Hong Kong: UK

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 13, 2021 06:56 PM IST
In a statement, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab condemned the Chinese decision to impose "radical changes to restrict participation in Hong Kong's electoral system"
Pedestrians wearing protective masks walk past a shuttered store with lease advertisements in the Sheung Shui area of Hong Kong, China.(Bloomberg)
Pedestrians wearing protective masks walk past a shuttered store with lease advertisements in the Sheung Shui area of Hong Kong, China.(Bloomberg)

Hong Kong orders compulsory coronavirus testing after gym cluster

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 13, 2021 06:47 PM IST
  • The city's government said 35 of the new cases were related to the outbreak at Ursus Fitness, a gym in the city's Sai Ying Pun district.
The measures are part of Beijing's efforts to consolidate its increasingly authoritarian grip over the Asian financial hub following the imposition of a national security law in June 2020, which critics see as a tool to crush dissent. (Representative Image)(REUTERS)
The measures are part of Beijing's efforts to consolidate its increasingly authoritarian grip over the Asian financial hub following the imposition of a national security law in June 2020, which critics see as a tool to crush dissent. (Representative Image)(REUTERS)

G7 expresses 'grave concerns' over electoral changes in Hong Kong

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 13, 2021 10:10 AM IST
China's parliament approved on Thursday a draft decision to change Hong Kong's electoral system, further reducing democratic representation in the city's institutions and introducing a mechanism to vet politicians' loyalty to Beijing.
Zhang Xiaoming (C), Executive Deputy Director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council, gestures in front of journalists at the end of a State Council press conference on Hong Kong electoral reform in Beijing on March 12, 2021. (NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP)
Zhang Xiaoming (C), Executive Deputy Director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council, gestures in front of journalists at the end of a State Council press conference on Hong Kong electoral reform in Beijing on March 12, 2021. (NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP)

China hits back at US criticism of legal overhaul in Hong Kong

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 12, 2021 02:06 PM IST
Semi-autonomous Hong Kong is an internal Chinese issue that no foreign country has the right to interfere in, said Zhang Xiaoming, deputy director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council.
Executive deputy director of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council, Zhang Xiaoming, speaks during a news conference on parliament's approval of the decision to change the Hong Kong electoral system in Beijing, China March 12, 2021. REUTERS/Thomas Peter(REUTERS)
Executive deputy director of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council, Zhang Xiaoming, speaks during a news conference on parliament's approval of the decision to change the Hong Kong electoral system in Beijing, China March 12, 2021. REUTERS/Thomas Peter(REUTERS)

'Combination of punches': China justifies legal overhaul in Hong Kong

AFP |
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2021 10:27 AM IST
Hong Kong was rocked by massive and sometimes violent pro-democracy protests in 2019 against Beijing's encroachment on its unique freedoms.
A total of 2,895 delegates voted in favour of the proposal, which will authorise its standing committee to finalise the details of the electoral reform process and applauded for the longest period after the Hong Kong electoral proposal was passed.(AP Photo)
A total of 2,895 delegates voted in favour of the proposal, which will authorise its standing committee to finalise the details of the electoral reform process and applauded for the longest period after the Hong Kong electoral proposal was passed.(AP Photo)

US condemns Beijing's move to overhaul Hong Kong's electoral system

ANI | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON MAR 12, 2021 05:59 AM IST
Washington [US], March 12 (ANI): The United States has condemned China's national legislature approving a resolution to drastically overhaul Hong Kong's electoral system to ensure only 'patriots' can rule the city, a move which is feared to further clamp down on opposition voices in the city.
China's President Xi Jinping votes on changes to Hong Kong's election system during the closing session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 11, 2021.(NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP)
China's President Xi Jinping votes on changes to Hong Kong's election system during the closing session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 11, 2021.(NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP)

China approves plan to veto Hong Kong election candidates, aims for tighter cont

AFP |
UPDATED ON MAR 11, 2021 01:23 PM IST
Critics say this will be one of the final nails in the coffin of Hong Kong's democracy movement.
Deputy Commissioner Song Ru'an of Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong, left, speaks to the international media during a press conference about city's electoral system, after Beijing proposed a major revamp that will increase central government control over Hong Kong politics, in Hong Kong, Tuesday, March 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)(AP)
Deputy Commissioner Song Ru'an of Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong, left, speaks to the international media during a press conference about city's electoral system, after Beijing proposed a major revamp that will increase central government control over Hong Kong politics, in Hong Kong, Tuesday, March 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)(AP)

Chinese lawmakers set to tighten control on Hong Kong

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 11, 2021 11:19 AM IST
The measure adds to a crackdown against a protest movement calling for greater democracy in Hong Kong. The crackdown has prompted complaints Beijing is eroding the autonomy promised when Hong Kong return to China in 1997 and has hurt its status as a global financial center.
"When we talk about patriotism, we are not talking about the abstraction of loving a cultural or historical China, but rather loving the currently existing People's Republic of China under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party," Song Ru'an, the Deputy Commissioner of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong.(AP)
"When we talk about patriotism, we are not talking about the abstraction of loving a cultural or historical China, but rather loving the currently existing People's Republic of China under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party," Song Ru'an, the Deputy Commissioner of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong.(AP)

Loyalty to CCP will decide if Hong Konger is 'patriot', says Chinese official

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 05:03 PM IST
China has acted to quash dissent in semi-autonomous Hong Kong after huge and sometimes violent pro-democracy demonstrations swept the city for months in 2019.
Deputy Commissioner of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong Song Ru'an told reporters the proposed changes were an internal matter for China and were needed to "close obvious loopholes and deficiencies" in the city's political system.(AP)
Deputy Commissioner of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong Song Ru'an told reporters the proposed changes were an internal matter for China and were needed to "close obvious loopholes and deficiencies" in the city's political system.(AP)

'Could mean end of democracy': Critics decry Hong Kong voting system

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 04:48 PM IST
China's rubber-stamp parliament, the National People's Congress (NPC), is expected to approve on Thursday a resolution that will reduce democratic representation in Hong Kong.
Teresa Cheng, Hong Kong's secretary for justice, listens during a Bloomberg Television interview in Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Hong Kong's top legal official warned residents to steer clear of criticisms of the government that stray too far from the facts, as officials defend Beijing's plan to overhaul the city's elections. Photographer: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg(Bloomberg)
Teresa Cheng, Hong Kong's secretary for justice, listens during a Bloomberg Television interview in Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Hong Kong's top legal official warned residents to steer clear of criticisms of the government that stray too far from the facts, as officials defend Beijing's plan to overhaul the city's elections. Photographer: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg(Bloomberg)

Hong Kong minister warns citizens against ‘oblivious’ criticism of China

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2021 01:27 PM IST
Hong Kong’s top legal official warned residents to steer clear of criticisms of the government that stray too far from the facts, as officials defend Beijing’s plan to overhaul the city’s elections.
Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's chief executive, while speaking during a news conference in Hong Kong, China.(Bloomberg)
Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's chief executive, while speaking during a news conference in Hong Kong, China.(Bloomberg)

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam 'fully welcomes' proposed electoral changes

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 01:04 PM IST
  • Chinese authorities have said the draft decision before China's National People’s Congress would mean the largely pro-Beijing committee that elects Hong Kong’s leader would also choose a large part of the legislature to ensure that the city is run by “patriots.”
Chinese state councillor and foreign minister Wang Yi. (AFP)
Chinese state councillor and foreign minister Wang Yi. (AFP)

'Totally constitutional': China on altering Hong Kong's electoral reforms

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 05:54 AM IST
On March 4, the National People's Congress in China announced that it would deliberate on amending the electoral system of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, according to a statement from the bloc dated Friday.
A TV screen showing news over the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC), is seen in Hong Kong, China March 5, 2021. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu(REUTERS)
A TV screen showing news over the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC), is seen in Hong Kong, China March 5, 2021. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu(REUTERS)

China abandons 24-year experiment with open Hong Kong elections

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 10:47 AM IST
On Friday, China laid out sweeping plans to prevent similar surprises in future Hong Kong elections, requiring candidates for office to be “patriots” and reportedly removing district councilors from the next leadership vote.
China on Thursday launched a legislative process for drastic electoral system reform in Hong Kong.(REUTERS)
China on Thursday launched a legislative process for drastic electoral system reform in Hong Kong.(REUTERS)

US condemns China's move to alter Hong Kong's electoral system

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 05:43 AM IST
The new reforms come months after China passed the nationals security law to quash the resistance to its rule in Hong Kong.
Over the last 26 years Hong Kong topped the table for all but one year -- a source of pride to the city's government which often used the accolade in its official press releases and investment brochures. But when the 2021 ranking is released later on Thursday, (AFP)
Over the last 26 years Hong Kong topped the table for all but one year -- a source of pride to the city's government which often used the accolade in its official press releases and investment brochures. But when the 2021 ranking is released later on Thursday, (AFP)

Hong Kong removed from annual index of the world's freest economies

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 06:33 PM IST
The announcement is a reputational blow for Hong Kong and comes as Beijing ramps up its bid to quash dissent after huge and sometimes violent pro-democracy demonstrations in 2019.
Police officers stand as supporters of pro-democracy activists facing charges related to national security gather outside West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts, in Hong Kong, China March 1, 2021. REUTERS/Lam Yik(REUTERS)
Police officers stand as supporters of pro-democracy activists facing charges related to national security gather outside West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts, in Hong Kong, China March 1, 2021. REUTERS/Lam Yik(REUTERS)

Hong Kong makes 100th arrest under China's security law

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 10:18 AM IST
As of Tuesday, 100 people have been arrested on suspicion of activities harming national security, police said in a separate statement.
The case comes days before an annual meeting of China’s legislature opens in Beijing, with senior officials calling for lawmakers to overhaul the former British colony’s election system to further diminish the influence of pro-democracy politicians.(AFP)
The case comes days before an annual meeting of China’s legislature opens in Beijing, with senior officials calling for lawmakers to overhaul the former British colony’s election system to further diminish the influence of pro-democracy politicians.(AFP)

Hong Kong Activists return to court, continue arraignment on subversion charges

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 12:41 PM IST
The hearing Tuesday will determine whether the 47 defendants remain in jail or get released on bail before a trial that could be months away.
The government announced spending measures of more than HK$120 billion ($15.5 billion) to alleviate economic hardship for city residents struggling after a two-year economic recession.(Shutterstock)
The government announced spending measures of more than HK$120 billion ($15.5 billion) to alleviate economic hardship for city residents struggling after a two-year economic recession.(Shutterstock)

Hong Kong’s first trading tax hike since 1993 pummels stocks

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 01:55 PM IST
Hong Kong’s benchmark Hang Seng Index sank 2.9% as of 2:48 p.m. local time, led by a 8.6% tumble in Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd. The bourse operator was headed for its biggest slump since 2015, even after reporting record annual earnings on Wednesday.
FILE PHOTO: Empty seats of pro-democracy lawmakers are seen during Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam's annual policy address at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, China November 25, 2020. REUTERS/Lam Yik/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Empty seats of pro-democracy lawmakers are seen during Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam's annual policy address at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, China November 25, 2020. REUTERS/Lam Yik/File Photo(REUTERS)

Chinese Official Signals Changes to Hong Kong Election Rules

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 07:39 AM IST
Speaking to the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macau Studies, Xia said that to improve Hong Kong’s electoral system, “relevant legal loopholes within the framework of the Constitution and the Basic Law” need to be closed
Media tycoon Jimmy Lai, founder of Apple Daily, looks on as he leaves the Court of Final Appeal by prison van, in Hong Kong on February 1, 2021. (Reuters Photo)
Media tycoon Jimmy Lai, founder of Apple Daily, looks on as he leaves the Court of Final Appeal by prison van, in Hong Kong on February 1, 2021. (Reuters Photo)

Hong Kong activist publisher Jimmy Lai denied bail again

PTI | | Posted by Prashasti Singh
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 08:55 PM IST
Lai is one of several activists facing charges and possibly lengthy prison terms under the sweeping National Security Law that Beijing imposed on the semi-autonomous southern Chinese city last year following massive anti-government protests in 2019.
Thousands of Hong Kongers have already made the sometimes painful decision to leave behind their hometown and move to Britain since Beijing imposed a strict national security law on the Chinese territory last summer.(AP)
Thousands of Hong Kongers have already made the sometimes painful decision to leave behind their hometown and move to Britain since Beijing imposed a strict national security law on the Chinese territory last summer.(AP)

Nearly 5,000 Hong Kong citizens sign up for new UK visa - The Times

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 06:17 AM IST
Britain changed its visa application programme in late January, allowing Hong Kong residents who hold a British National Overseas (BNO) passport to live in the UK for five years and eventually apply for citizenship.
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