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Hong Kong looks at easing travel for vaccinated residents: Carrie Lam

  • “We have been actively studying whether social distancing measures can be further adjusted if a certain number of people are vaccinated, and we will discuss with other regions whether we can mutually provide travel convenience to vaccinated tourists,” Lam said in an emailed release.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to reporters' questions during a press conference in Hong Kong.(AP)
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to reporters' questions during a press conference in Hong Kong.(AP)
Published on Mar 27, 2021 03:57 PM IST
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Hong Kong halts Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines, cites defective packaging

The suspension comes as the Asian financial hub has faced a sluggish take-up of vaccines due to dwindling confidence in China's Sinovac vaccine and fears of adverse reactions.
Refrigerated shipping containers carrying the BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine imported by Fosun Pharma are transported at the Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, China, on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. (Bloomberg)
Refrigerated shipping containers carrying the BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine imported by Fosun Pharma are transported at the Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, China, on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. (Bloomberg)
Published on Mar 24, 2021 03:01 PM IST
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US consulate in Hong Kong closes after staff test positive for Covid-19

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.
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)
Published on Mar 15, 2021 02:40 PM IST
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China hits back at US criticism of legal overhaul in Hong Kong

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.
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)
Published on Mar 12, 2021 02:06 PM IST
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'Combination of punches': China justifies legal overhaul in Hong Kong

Hong Kong was rocked by massive and sometimes violent pro-democracy protests in 2019 against Beijing's encroachment on its unique freedoms.
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)
Updated on Mar 12, 2021 10:27 AM IST
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China approves plan to veto Hong Kong election candidates, aims for tighter cont

Critics say this will be one of the final nails in the coffin of Hong Kong's democracy movement.
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)
Updated on Mar 11, 2021 01:23 PM IST
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Former Hong Kong anti-Beijing lawmaker Chi-fung moves to Australia

  • Hui on Wednesday thanked the Australian government for intervening so that he was allowed to travel from London to Australia this week on a flight that was repatriating Australian citizens.
Former pro-democracy lawmaker Ted Hui Chi-fung(Reuters/ File )
Former pro-democracy lawmaker Ted Hui Chi-fung(Reuters/ File )
Updated on Mar 10, 2021 12:12 PM IST
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Hong Kong minister warns citizens against ‘oblivious’ criticism of China

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.
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)
Updated on Mar 09, 2021 01:27 PM IST
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Pro-Beijing committee to elect some Hong Kong legislators

Wang added that the size, composition and formation method of the current election committee will also be adjusted, and that the chief executive will continue to be elected by the election committee.
"The election committee will be entrusted with the new function of electing a relatively large share of Legco members and directly participating in the nomination of all candidates for the Legco,” Wang Chen, vice-chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, said Friday during the annual session in Beijing. (Representative Image)(Kin Cheung / AP)
Published on Mar 05, 2021 01:10 PM IST
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Hong Kong makes 100th pro-democracy arrest under national security law

Police issued a statement late Tuesday confirming the arrest of a 61-year-old man “after in-depth investigation by national security department.”
Democracy advocate Jimmy Lai leaves the Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal where the government is arguing against allowing him bail in Hong Kong Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. The court denied bail Tuesday for prominent democracy advocate and newspaper founder Lai, upholding the government prosecution's appeal. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)(AP)
Democracy advocate Jimmy Lai leaves the Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal where the government is arguing against allowing him bail in Hong Kong Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. The court denied bail Tuesday for prominent democracy advocate and newspaper founder Lai, upholding the government prosecution's appeal. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)(AP)
Published on Mar 03, 2021 01:54 PM IST
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Carrie Lam backs HK electoral changes excluding 'rather hostile' opponents

  • Carrie Lam said political strife and unrest in the city, including anti-government protests in 2019 as well as protests in 2014, showed there were always some people who are “rather hostile” to the central authorities in China.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said people were “sick and tired” of violence in Hong Kong and intervention by foreign forces in the city.(AP file photo)
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said people were “sick and tired” of violence in Hong Kong and intervention by foreign forces in the city.(AP file photo)
Updated on Feb 23, 2021 09:19 PM IST
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Hong Kong homes ranked least affordable for 11th year

Hong Kong’s median property price dropped slightly to 20.7 times its median household income in 2020, from 20.8 times the year prior.
A combination of declining income and escalating property prices during 2020 prompted affordability to worsen in most cities. Apart from Hong Kong, the other cities ranked in the top 10 saw affordability deteriorate from the year before as the pandemic exacerbated the wealth gap.(AFP)
A combination of declining income and escalating property prices during 2020 prompted affordability to worsen in most cities. Apart from Hong Kong, the other cities ranked in the top 10 saw affordability deteriorate from the year before as the pandemic exacerbated the wealth gap.(AFP)
Published on Feb 23, 2021 10:16 AM IST
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Chinese Official signals overhaul of Hong Kong’s election system

Beijing needed to reform the city’s electoral system “to ensure that Hong Kong’s governance is firmly controlled by patriots,” Xia Baolong, director of China’s cabinet-level Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, said in a speech Monday.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said Hong Kong should be governed by “patriots” in order to ensure the city’s stability following unprecedented unrest in 2019.(AP)
Chinese President Xi Jinping said Hong Kong should be governed by “patriots” in order to ensure the city’s stability following unprecedented unrest in 2019.(AP)
Published on Feb 22, 2021 04:05 PM IST
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Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested again while in jail: Report

He was arrested in an August raid by about 200 police officers on the newsroom of his Apple Daily, known for its feisty and critical coverage of China and Hong Kong.
Media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrives at a court in Hong Kong.(AP/ File photo)
Media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrives at a court in Hong Kong.(AP/ File photo)
Published on Feb 17, 2021 04:53 PM IST
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'Worse than my ex': Myanmar's very online youth take on the junta, coup

Photos of the relatable, sly remarks have been shared thousands of times on social media, with retweets and comments from users in Hong Kong, the United States and elsewhere.
A person shows the three-fingers salute in front of a placard with the image of Aung San Suu Kyi during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 15, 2021. (REUTERS)
A person shows the three-fingers salute in front of a placard with the image of Aung San Suu Kyi during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 15, 2021. (REUTERS)
Published on Feb 17, 2021 07:52 AM IST
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Hong Kong imposes sweeping pro-China curriculum on schools

  • The measures, announced late Thursday, seek to inculcate patriotism to kindergarten-age children through “story-telling, role-playing, drawing, singing, dancing and other activities.” Students as young as six will be taught to memorise offences criminalised by the national security law.
FILE PHOTO: Children play before taking part in a specialized class preparing toddlers for kindergarten interviews in Hong Kong, China May 17, 2015. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Children play before taking part in a specialized class preparing toddlers for kindergarten interviews in Hong Kong, China May 17, 2015. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/File Photo(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 05, 2021 04:00 PM IST
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US nominates Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement for Nobel Peace Prize

Millions of Hongkongers demonstrated peacefully against the extradition bill in June 2019, but over weeks and months, some subsequent protests became more violent as the administration of Chief Executive Carrie Lam refused to acknowledge the demands of the opposition.
Pro-democracy protesters flash their smartphone lights as they gather on a street in Hong Kong on February 2, 2021. (AP)
Pro-democracy protesters flash their smartphone lights as they gather on a street in Hong Kong on February 2, 2021. (AP)
Published on Feb 04, 2021 07:35 AM IST
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Hong Kong government critic Jimmy Lai returns to court

Lai was brought to the Court of Final Appeal in a prison van and entered through an inflatable tunnel as large numbers of journalists sought to capture the scene.
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)
Published on Feb 01, 2021 03:38 PM IST
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China’s President Xi says ‘patriots’ should govern Hong Kong

The comments from Xi underscore Beijing’s consistent message that Hong Kong’s lawmakers and civil servants need to be patriotic.
China’s leader made the statement in a video conference with Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Wednesday.(AFP)
China’s leader made the statement in a video conference with Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Wednesday.(AFP)
Published on Jan 27, 2021 06:55 PM IST
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Thousands of Hong Kongers locked down to contain coronavirus

Hong Kong has previously avoided lockdowns in the city during the pandemic, with leader Carrie Lam stating in July last year that authorities will avoid taking such “extreme measures” unless it had no other choice.
Health workers wear protective gear inside a locked down portion of the Jordan residential area to contain a new outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Hong Kong, China January 23, 2021. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu(REUTERS)
Health workers wear protective gear inside a locked down portion of the Jordan residential area to contain a new outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Hong Kong, China January 23, 2021. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 23, 2021 10:15 AM IST
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Hong Kong pushes for surveillance cameras in classrooms

  • According to South China Morning Post (SCMP), Tommy Cheung Yu-yan, an adviser to the Executive Council, Chief Executive Carrie Lam's de facto cabinet, suggested that placing CCTV cameras in classrooms would reveal if teachers had made "subversive remarks".
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said it was
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said it was "heartbreaking" that, among the more than 10,000 people arrested over the pro-democracy protests, 40 per cent were students.(AP file photo)
Published on Jan 22, 2021 04:09 PM IST
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Hong Kong cops arrest 11 for assisting pro-democracy protesters' escape attempt

A police source confirmed the arrests early on Thursday of 8 men and 3 women aged 18 to 72 for "assisting offenders", an offence under the Criminal Procedure Ordinance carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail.
The court on December 30, 2020 jailed 10 of the 12 Hong Kong pro-democracy activists for up to three years over a bid by the group to flee the city by speedboat to seek sanctuary in Taiwan. Two teenage pro-democracy campaigners amongst the group of 12 activists will be sent back to Hong Kong, police said.(AFP)
The court on December 30, 2020 jailed 10 of the 12 Hong Kong pro-democracy activists for up to three years over a bid by the group to flee the city by speedboat to seek sanctuary in Taiwan. Two teenage pro-democracy campaigners amongst the group of 12 activists will be sent back to Hong Kong, police said.(AFP)
Published on Jan 14, 2021 08:31 PM IST
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Hong Kong bans Air India flights, says one-third of 23 new cases recently travelled from India

Hong Kong had banned flights operated by Air India in August too. These flights were part of the Vande Bharat Mission.
Hong Kong recorded the highest number of new infections in almost a month.(AP Photo)
Hong Kong recorded the highest number of new infections in almost a month.(AP Photo)
Updated on Sep 20, 2020 07:42 PM IST
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Amid crisis, China rejected Hong Kong plan to appease protesters: Report

The Chinese central government rejected Lam’s proposal to withdraw the extradition bill and ordered her not to yield to any of the protesters’ other demands at that time, three individuals with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
China’s role in directing how Hong Kong handles the protests has been widely assumed, supported by stern statements in state media about the country’s sovereignty and protesters’ “radical” goals.(AP FILE)
China’s role in directing how Hong Kong handles the protests has been widely assumed, supported by stern statements in state media about the country’s sovereignty and protesters’ “radical” goals.(AP FILE)
Updated on Aug 30, 2019 12:31 PM IST
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Hong Kong: Law and order must be upheld | Analysis

The most important task is to punish violent criminal acts, restore social stability, safeguard law and order
Some protesters blocked the streets for long hours and impeded traffic; some radical ones even stormed the Hong Kong Legislative Council building, destroyed public facilities, attacked the police with petrol bombs and damaged the national flag of China(AP)
Some protesters blocked the streets for long hours and impeded traffic; some radical ones even stormed the Hong Kong Legislative Council building, destroyed public facilities, attacked the police with petrol bombs and damaged the national flag of China(AP)
Updated on Aug 11, 2019 07:09 PM IST
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Hong Kong protests against extradition bill were ‘riots’: Beijing

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang Thursday said the largely peaceful protests were “an act that undermines Hong Kong’s stability.”
Protest organisers have announced plans for another mass rally for Sunday.(AFP File Photo)
Protest organisers have announced plans for another mass rally for Sunday.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Jun 13, 2019 03:37 PM IST
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Despite rally, Hong Kong leader refuses to scrap extradition bill

Striking a defiant tone after the city’s largest protest since the 1997 handover, chief executive Carrie Lam said the legislature would debate the bill on Wednesday as planned, rejecting calls to delay or withdraw the law.
Police officers detain protesters during a protest to demand authorities scrap a proposed extradition bill with China, on Gloucester Road in Hong Kong, China June 10, 2019.(REUTERS)
Police officers detain protesters during a protest to demand authorities scrap a proposed extradition bill with China, on Gloucester Road in Hong Kong, China June 10, 2019.(REUTERS)
Published on Jun 10, 2019 04:21 PM IST
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Hong Kong | ByAgence France-Presse

China directs India to Hong Kong government in Nirav Modi case

Modi, who is wanted in connection with the 12,700-crore fraud at the Punjab National Bank, is reportedly in Hong Kong.
Diamantaire Nirav Modi is wanted in connection with <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>12,700-crore fraud at the Punjab National Bank.(Livemint file)
Diamantaire Nirav Modi is wanted in connection with 12,700-crore fraud at the Punjab National Bank.(Livemint file)
Updated on Apr 09, 2018 05:14 PM IST
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