All schools should teach in Mandarin: Ronnie Chan

Billionaire businessman Ronnie Chan said on Wednesday that he hopes all schools in Hong Kong will primarily use Mandarin for teaching, adding that the SAR’s next generation should dream the "Chinese Dream" in the language. Speaking at a forum to discuss development in Shanghai and Hong Kong, Chan said the...

Councillor demands reasons for June 4 banner removal

A pro-democracy district councillor on Wednesday demanded that authorities explain why they removed a banner he put up in his district last week that had asked people to “remember June 4” without notifying him first. Tsuen Wan district councillor Chiu Yan-loy told an RTHK programme that, last Friday morning, he...

Get jab or risk job cuts, top hotel tells staff

One of Hong Kong's most famous hotels has told staff to get vaccinated or face the risk of layoffs after the end of this month if it fails to hit a target of having 70 percent of staff inoculated. The Peninsula in Tsim Sha Tsui is offering employees a HK$2,000...

Big countries’ tax deal to reveal rift in Europe

Flags of the European Union flutter in front of the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on March 10, 2021. (ARMANDO BABANI / AFP) A global deal on corporate tax looks set to bring to a climax a deep-seated European Union battle, pitting large...

Draft statement: EU, US to end trade tariffs

BRUSSELS - The leaders of the European Union and the United States are set to commit to lifting steel tariffs before Dec 1 2021 and avoid any further transatlantic trade disputes, according to a draft statement prepared for a June 15 summit in Brussels. A draft statement, which will be...

Biden’s UK visit puts focus back on ties

Hosting US president, Johnson will stress special bond but priorities likely to differ Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives an update on the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic during a virtual press conference inside the new Downing Street Briefing Room in central London on May 14, 2021. (Matt Dunham / POOL /...

EU denounces overhaul of HK political system

The European Union on Wednesday denounced Hong Kong's major overhaul of its political system as a breach by China of its international commitments and threatened to send a delegation to visit the autonomous city. The possible move is likely to irk Beijing which might see it as an interference with...