China boosts cadres in Hong Kong by 100, as Beijing tightens supervision of city, media report

FILE PHOTO: A Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldier guards the entrance to the PLA Hong Kong Garrison headquarters in the Central Business District in Hong Kong, China, August 29, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China sent an extra 100 cadres to work in its top Hong Kong office in the past year to make sure the city was ruled by patriots, the South China Morning Post said on Friday. Beijing has imposed a tighter grip on the Asian financial hub in the past year, imposing… Continue reading China boosts cadres in Hong Kong by 100, as Beijing tightens supervision of city, media report

New pro-Beijing political party signals China’s future plans for Hong Kong

Charles Wong Chau-chi said that the party's purpose was to support people to stand for the position of chief executive.PHOTO: BLOOMBER

HONG KONG (BLOOMBERG) – As China moves to neutralise Hong Kong’s pro-democracy opposition, it is also giving the green light to a new political party that provides a window into how Beijing may change the territory in the years ahead. The Bauhinia Party, named after the flower on Hong Kong’s flag, was founded last May… Continue reading New pro-Beijing political party signals China’s future plans for Hong Kong

Hong Kong imposes city’s first COVID-19 lockdown in Kowloon area

Health workers are seen in 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 TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Hong Kong is locking down thousands of residents for the first time over the weekend to contain a worsening outbreak of the coronavirus. The unprecedented step for the Yau Ma Tei and Jordan areas — known for their night markets — was announced in a government statement at 4 a.m. local time. Authorities aim to… Continue reading Hong Kong imposes city’s first COVID-19 lockdown in Kowloon area

Pro-Beijing Hong Kong politicians to be vaccinated before city residents

The pro-Beijing bloc of Hong Kong politics are set to travel to Shenzhen this week to receive a coronavirus jab. Photo: Xinhua

A group of more than 200 pro-Beijing politicians in Hong Kong is set to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in mainland China, ahead of the rest of the city’s population, in order to attend the Chinese Communist party’s premier political event this year. The businesspeople, lawmakers and other professionals represent Hong Kong on some of mainland… Continue reading Pro-Beijing Hong Kong politicians to be vaccinated before city residents

Hong Kong fourth quarter 2020 unemployment at 16-year high, hit by economic slowdown

FILE PHOTO: Job seekers wearing face masks fill in forms at a job fair amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Hong Kong, China October 29, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File Photo

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rose to a 16-year high of 6.6% in October-December 2020, as a new wave of coronavirus infections slammed the brakes on a wide range of economic activities. The figure compared with 6.3% in the September-November period and was the highest since the last quarter of 2004… Continue reading Hong Kong fourth quarter 2020 unemployment at 16-year high, hit by economic slowdown

A Hong Kong website gets blocked, which would signal an end of Hong Kong’s ‘open Internet’

A Hong Kong website gets blocked, which would signal an end of Hong Kong’s ‘open Internet.’ Police blocked a Hong Kong website, The HKChronicles,  that publishes material mainly related on anti-government protests in 2019. The website has warned its users to prepare for large-scale internet blocks, filters, and censorship in the future. Sources said the… Continue reading A Hong Kong website gets blocked, which would signal an end of Hong Kong’s ‘open Internet’

HK judge cautious on calls for judicial reform

Hong Kong Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma speaks to reporters at a news conference in the territory yesterday, ahead of his retirement on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Hong Kong’s outgoing top judge said on Tuesday that calls for reform of the city’s judiciary cannot be based on dissatisfaction with court rulings, as China state media and a growing host of pro-Beijing figures call for an overhaul of how the financial hub’s courts are run. Hong Kong’s chief justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li said… Continue reading HK judge cautious on calls for judicial reform

New pro-Beijing Bauhinia Party in Hong Kong hopes to attract 250,000 members about 3.3% of the city population

The new grouping established by three mainland-born prominent businessmen, Li Shan, Clement Chen Jiawen, and Wang Chau-chi. The association has close ties with Beijing’s office in Hong Kong. The Bauhinia Party came about from a sense of disappointment at the “weak” government of the city. According to the platform of this new Bauhinia Part, it… Continue reading New pro-Beijing Bauhinia Party in Hong Kong hopes to attract 250,000 members about 3.3% of the city population