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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.

Emerging-market wobbles to test if Asia really is safer

HONG KONG/SINGAPORE — While Asia proved to be relatively stable through the Turkey-led emerging market sell-off this month, the region has its own vulnerabilities with the junk-bond market shaping up as a key area to watch.

Revelations In Hong Kong

By Jonee C. Bilasano Trying to follow a packed schedule is akin to riding a car on full throttle. Every stop seems to be a...

China warns Hong Kong journalists’ club after activist speech

Hong Kong’s foreign journalists’ club found itself at the center of the latest battle over free speech in the financial hub, as Beijing loyalists...

HK buskers take a bow

HONG KONG — The rumbustious street performers who have long claimed one of Hong Kong’s busiest shopping districts as their informal stage took their final bow Sunday night after local authorities caved to noise complaints over their legendary cacophony.

HK property bears rear their heads (yet again)

HONG KONG’S property market has a habit of humbling the bears, shattering predictions that the laws of gravity must eventually prevail.

Same-Sex visa win in Hong Kong pressures other Asia finance hubs

A landmark Hong Kong court ruling granting visas to spouses of gay expatriate workers will help fuel LGBT groups pressuring Singapore and Japan to...

Affordable housing solutions can be found in pipes, 3-D printers

BANGKOK — A critical shortage of affordable housing across the world is triggering creative solutions from Hong Kong to El Salvador, in the form of modified pipes, containers and 3-D printers.

Alibaba shows off smart wine store at Vinexpo

HONG KONG -- With no shop workers or cash tills and payments made using facial recognition, China’s largest e-commerce platform Alibaba created a fully automated wine store at Hong Kong’s Vinexpo fair on Tuesday.

Duterte apologizes to Hong Kong for 2010 Manila hostage crisis

By Arjay L. Balinbin PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday, April 12, "formally" apologized to the government of Hong Kong for the Aug. 23,...

Duterte off to Hong Kong

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter After his participation at the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) in Hainan Province in China, President Rodrigo R. Duterte proceeded...

Seeing HK as the locals do

HONG KONG has always been a favorite out-of-the-country haunt of Filipinos and the numbers prove it: from December to January 2017, 894,489 Filipinos visited...

Street art makes splash in HK

HONG KONG — From murals made famous by Instagram to painting battles, Hong Kong’s once largely underground street art scene has exploded in recent...

Hong Kong welcomes the New Year

THE NEW YEAR Countdown Celebration at Hong Kong has become one of the biggest and most remarkable countdowns across Asia. Organized by the Hong...

Light show, VR rollercoaster are new attractions in Hong Kong

THE metro has been even more hectic than usual this holiday season and as Christmas and New Year’s eve loom, some folks may consider...

Marco Polo’s Hong Kong hotels get an update

THREE Marco Polo hotels in Hong Kong have gotten an update with contemporary lobbies and exteriors, and an additional Continental Club floor of suites. All...

Hong Kong eyeing $483-trillion global derivatives market

HONG KONG is gearing up to grab a bigger slice of the $483-trillion global derivatives market as regulatory upheaval in Europe increases demand for...

Hong Kong action star honors Bruce Lee legacy

By Angela Dawson, Front Row Features BRUCE LEE, who helped introduce martial arts to Western culture, faced off against kung fu master Wong Jack Man in...

Mooncakes from heaven: Hong Kong’s sweet obsession

HONG KONG – It is one of Hong Kong’s most treasured food traditions: the buying, giving, and eating of mooncakes to mark mid-autumn festival,...

Second storm hits Hong Kong amid recovery

HONG KONG -- A powerful storm lashed Hong Kong and Macau on Sunday, just days after a punishing typhoon swept through the region and...

HK’s mortgage lenders do business in the shadow

HONG KONG -- When Horan Fu decided to buy a 500-square-foot apartment for HK$7.4 million last year, the biggest draw was the developer’s offer...