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China’s parliament to delay Hong Kong legislative vote, overhaul electoral system

HONG KONG — Elections for Hong Kong’s legislature will likely be deferred for a second year to September 2022 as Beijing plans a major...

Hearing for Hong Kong democracy activists resumes after marathon session

HONG KONG - The proceedings for 47 Hong Kong democracy activists charged with conspiracy to commit subversion resume on Tuesday, following a marathon hearing...

GLOBAL MARKETS | Asian shares perk up as calmer bonds ease...

HONG KONG/NEW YORK - Asia extended the global rally in stocks on Tuesday as a halt in a recent bond markets sell-off eased investor...

Leading HK democrats charged with subversion

HONG KONG — Forty-seven Hong Kong (HK) democrats and activists were charged on Sunday with conspiracy to commit subversion, in the largest single crackdown on the democratic opposition under a China-imposed national security law.

Dozens of leading Hong Kong democrats brace for national security charges...

HONG KONG - Several dozen Hong Kong democrats are due to report to local police stations across the city on Sunday, with some expecting...

Hong Kong sees rush for burner phones as government pushes contact-tracing...

HONG KONG — Electronics shops in Hong Kong have seen a sharp increase in demand for cheap burner phones as the Chinese-ruled city’s government eases coronavirus restrictions but pushes the use of a contact-tracing app which has raised privacy concerns.

Chinese users flock to U.S. chat app Clubhouse, evading censors

BEIJING/HONG KONG - Private social audio app Clubhouse is attracting masses of new users from mainland China, where the U.S. app remains uncensored by...

He was one of Asia’s richest men, now he’s fending off...

In just five years, Hong Kong property tycoon Pan Sutong has gone from ranking among Asia’s wealthiest people to having his company’s flagship skyscraper seized by creditors chasing more than $1 billion of debt.

Dozens of HK activists arrested under security law as crackdown intensifies

HONG KONG — Hong Kong (HK) police arrested dozens of leading democratic activists on Wednesday on suspicion of violating the city’s controversial security law in the biggest crackdown yet against the opposition camp since Beijing imposed the law in 2020.

HK’s New Year countdown celebration goes online

THE COVID-19 pandemic is not going to stop the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) from sharing the city’s New Year’s Eve celebration with the rest of the world.

Hong Kong imposes 21-day quarantine for visitors, adds South Africa to...

HONG KONG - Hong Kong extended a compulsory quarantine by an extra seven days to 21 days for all visitors outside China, effective Friday,...

Hong Kong takes aim at yacht parties in latest virus crackdown

HONG KONG has set up a hotline for residents to report parties aboard private yachts and rented party boats, as the financial hub tightens social-distancing rules to contain a surge of virus cases.

HK-Singapore bubble delay hits travel rebound hopes

THE SHELVING of the Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble shows just how delicate the process of reopening borders is — even for places that have largely contained the coronavirus.

Construction in HK shrinks  habitat of wild buffaloes

HONG KONG — Construction activity on one of Hong Kong’s largest islands is shrinking the habitat of its wild buffaloes, forcing them to search for food in residential areas, where barbed wire and building waste can injure them.

Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble to start on Nov. 22

HONG KONG/ SINGAPORE — A travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore will begin on Nov. 22, the two cities announced on Wednesday, as they moved to re-establish overseas travel links and lift the hurdle of quarantine for visiting foreigners.

How walkable is your city? London, Hong Kong put pedestrians first

BANGKOK — Urban planners and local authorities must improve walkability in cities to tackle poor health and social inequality, researchers said on Thursday, after...

Active enforcement against foreign bribery down sharply since 2018

WASHINGTON — Active enforcement against foreign bribery has dropped sharply since 2018, and three places — China, Hong Kong and India — did not open a single foreign bribery investigation from 2016 to 2019, a new report by watchdog Transparency International found.

World’s most expensive skyscraper deal turns sour

THERE’S A SAYING in Hong Kong property circles that if the city’s richest man, Li Ka-Shing, is selling, you don’t want to be the buyer.

Some of Hong Kong’s poor finally feel at home in 290...

HONG KONG — When Lau Kai Fai, his wife, and teenage son moved into a new Hong Kong flat last month, he thought the 290 square feet (27 square meters) of space in his “module home” felt like “winning the lottery.”

Hong Kong Disneyland loses right to land near theme park

WALT Disney Co.’s Hong Kong Disneyland Resort lost an option to expand its site after local authorities decided not to renew an agreement with the amusement park to develop a neighboring plot of land.

Rare dolphins return to Hong Kong as coronavirus halts ferry traffic

HONG KONG — The number of Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins seen around Hong Kong has jumped as the pause in high-speed ferry traffic due to the coronavirus allows the threatened species to make something of a comeback, scientists said.

Hong Kong eases some coronavirus curbs

HONG KONG — Hong Kong will expand the size of public gatherings to four people and re-open more sports venues from Friday as the Asian financial hub relaxes strict curbs against a third wave of the coronavirus.

Hong Kong denies mass Chinese coronavirus tests are bid to harvest...

HONG KONG denied plans to harvest residents’ DNA as part of a China-backed coronavirus-testing blitz, as deep political mistrust further complicates the city’s efforts to contain its worst outbreak ever.

Hong Kong police arrest 4 under new security law

HONG KONG — Hong Kong police have arrested four people aged 16-21 for suspected offenses under the city’s new national security law, the first such detentions outside of street protests since the legislation took effect a month ago.

HK facing worst wave of virus

ONCE a coronavirus success story, Hong Kong is facing its worst outbreak yet, and policy makers are realizing how little they can do without making a bad situation worse.

Tech firms begin to abandon Hong Kong because of security law

China’s sweeping national security law has forced technology firms to reconsider their presence in Hong Kong. The nimblest among them—the city’s startups—are already moving data and people out or are devising plans to do so.

Beijing’s top HK office slams US sanctions as ‘gangster logic and...

HONG KONG — China’s top representative office in Hong Kong condemned what it called gross interference by the United States in the Asian financial hub, labelling President Donald Trump’s move to end the city’s special status as “gangster logic and bullying”.

HK to impose most severe social distancing restrictions

HONG KONG — Hong Kong will impose strict new social distancing measures from midnight Tuesday, the most stringent in the Asian financial hub since the coronavirus broke out, as authorities warn the risk of a large-scale outbreak is extremely high.

Tech companies suspend processing Hong Kong government data requests

Facebook Inc., Google Inc., and Twitter Inc. suspended processing government requests for user data in Hong Kong, they said on Monday, following China’s establishment of a sweeping new national security law for the semi-autonomous city.

Fleeing Chinese buyers leave HK office market lifeless

HONG KONG’S distinctive Lippo Centre — twin glass-fronted octagonal towers whose facade some say resembles koala bears climbing a tree — has long been a gauge for the health of the world’s most expensive office market.

HK property market proves resilient

A CONTROVERSIAL security law that threatens to upend Hong Kong’s status as an Asian financial hub hasn’t slowed the world’s most expensive real estate market.

HK Filipino domestic workers turn to digitalization for employment

Foreign domestic workers living in Hong Kong are currently facing pressing issues such as new regulations, compromises, travel bans, and contract terminations. Not a few have been turning to digitalization as a solution to some of these concerns.

Hong Kong’s iconic HSBC lions caught in protests’ crosshairs

EXPERTS IN Hong Kong could be facing a dilemma unseen in more than six months of protests: How to clean a pair of iconic bronze lion statues that have stood guard over HSBC Holdings Plc’s main offices for decades as one of the city’s foremost symbols of colonial-era largess.

HK kicks off 2020 with lightshow

THE iconic Victoria Harbor will take center stage again when Hong Kong ushers in 2020 with an enhanced edition of one of the world’s largest light and music shows — A Symphony of Lights. A live satellite feed of the entire 10-minute show, a kaleidoscope of lighting effects that will highlight Hong Kong’s skyline, will be provided to media organizations worldwide so that the international audience can share the festivities.

Hong Kong banking giants defy dire predictions

THERE MAY BE protests, wafts of tear gas and the occasional burning Starbucks along the street, but inside Hong Kong’s biggest financial firms the outlook for business is surprisingly status quo.

4th Belt and Road Summit explores promising opportunities

More than 5,000 political and business elites from over 60 countries and regions attended the fourth Belt and Road Summit, with the theme “Creating...

Hong Kong banks to roll out support measure to small businesses...

HONG KONG — Nine major banks in Hong Kong have agreed to adopt a number of measures to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Hong Kong, the central bank said on Wednesday, as four months of anti-government protests start taking its toll on local businesses.

Rich spend millions on art as Hong Kong protests rage nearby

AS VIOLENCE escalated in Hong Kong over the weekend with protesters starting fires and throwing petrol bombs and police responding with tear gas, a roomful of Asia’s elite gathered to bid on art and wine.

Manila monitoring HK crisis — Labor chief

THE Philippines is monitoring the unrest in Hong Kong to see whether there’s a need to stop the deployment of Filipino workers there, Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said yesterday.

From Hong Kong to Macau and back

HONG KONG has always been a popular vacation destination among Filipinos. Shopping districts, food hubs, the Victoria Harbour, and Disneyland are some of the destinations that come to mind.

OFWs’ dragon boat team makes splash in HK

HONG KONG — Filipino women are paddling for gold in this year’s dragon boat races in Hong Kong, with one thing separating them from the competition — they are all maids, often taken for granted in the rich Chinese-ruled city, who no longer want to feel left out.

Trash send-off

Members of the non-government EcoWaste Coalition raise their message against the illegal entry of foreign waste into the Philippines as 2.561 tons of mixed plastic and electronic waste from Hong Kong is sent back on Monday, June 3, after it was discovered at the Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT) in Tagaloan, Misamis Oriental.

Garbage to be returned to Hong Kong

THE garbage that was illegally imported into Misamis Oriental from Hong Kong will be sent back, Malacañang said on Friday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo...

Hong Kong tightens liquidity with $192-million peg defense

HONG KONG faces the likelihood of rising borrowing costs after the city’s de facto central bank intervened to defend its currency peg for the first time since August.