CE confident Beijing will agree to new bay area visas

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Friday that she’s confident mainland authorities will offer a new visa allowing non-Chinese residents of Hong Kong to visit other parts of the Greater Bay Area more easily. Lam said she had put forward a proposal to the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office,...

Barricades vanish as HK ‘returns to safe normalcy’

The government on Sunday removed huge water barricades protecting its headquarters in Admiralty, as Chief Secretary John Lee hailed Hong Kong's return to "safe normalcy." In a blog post, Lee said barricades erected at other locations during the 2019 protests will also be removed. "The government headquarters is an emblem...

InvestHK: HKSAR Government’s “Report on Hong Kong’s Business Environment” highlights Hong Kong’s unique advantages and unlimited opportunities

HONG KONG, Sep 30, 2021 - (ACN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) - Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK) announced today (September 29) a series of promotions building upon the "Report on Hong Kong's Business Environment: A Place with Unique Advantages and Unlimited Opportunities" (www.hkeconomy.gov.hk/en/environment/index.htm) published this week by the Government of the Hong...

Govt report says HK has risen again after US damage

The SAR government issued a report on Monday blaming the US and “black-clad violence” in 2019 for hurting Hong Kong's business environment, and praising the national security law for restoring order and the city's prospects. The 68-page “Report on Hong Kong’s Business Environment” is the first of its kind ever...

HKers want to cross the border quarantine-free: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has thanked Shenzhen authorities for helping Hong Kong combat the Covid-19 pandemic, saying officials there have done a lot to help SAR residents. Speaking at the ‘High-level Meeting cum Hong Kong/Shenzhen Co-operation Meeting 2021’ in Shenzhen, she said it is the wish of all Hong Kong...

‘UK judges to stay on at Hong Kong’s top court’

The president of the UK's Supreme Court on Friday said he and his deputy will continue to sit in Hong Kong's top court after finding the SAR's judiciary remains "largely independent”. Robert Reed and deputy president Patrick Hodge both serve as non-permanent judges at the Court of Final Appeal, along...

Beijing policies on HK won’t change, businesses told

A senior mainland official overseeing Hong Kong affairs on Tuesday reassured the business sector that Beijing will not change the one country, two systems policy, and the legal rights of investors in the SAR will continue to be protected. Speaking at a summit, the deputy director of the Hong Kong...

Hong Kong’s economy is bouncing back: Paul Chan

Financial Secretary Paul Chan said on Sunday that Hong Kong's economy is showing signs of improvement, with unemployment going down and the government's HK$5,000 voucher scheme expected to boost spending. Writing on his blog, Chan said the jobless rate has returned to 5 percent, down from 7.2 percent early this...

‘Anti-sanctions law may be used to weaken market’

Financial Secretary Paul Chan said on Sunday that he expects some people to use the introduction of the anti-sanctions law to weaken Hong Kong’s status as an international financial hub and destablise the market. Writing in his blog, Chan said people must brace themselves for the risks. The National People’s...

HK seeing population development “watershed”

A demographics expert on Monday said Hong Kong is seeing a "watershed" in its population development, after official figures showed that Hong Kong's population fell by 87,000 people over the past year, or about 1.2 percent, to 7,394,700. Professor Paul Yip from the University of Hong Kong's Department of Social...

Stay professional, People’s Daily warns Law Society

People's Daily, on Saturday warned Hong Kong's Law Society not to play with politics unless it wants to follow the fate of the Bar Association and the now-defunct Professional Teachers Union. The warning comes ahead of an election later this month for five seats on the council of the professional...

Plunging population not just down to emigration: govt

Official figures show that Hong Kong's population fell by 87,000 people over the past year, or about 1.2 percent, to 7,394,700. In a statement, the government said the drop from mid-2020 to mid-2021 can be attributed to a natural decrease, whereby the number of deaths was higher than the number...

Jab centres to stay open longer after bookings boom

Hong Kong's coronavirus vaccination centres will stay open for an extra month after a recent uptick in bookings, the government announced on Friday. The territory's 29 vaccine sites were due to close at the end of September, but 26 of them will now remain open until the end of October....

Hong Kong celebrates fourth medal at Olympics

Hongkongers again erupted in cheers on Thursday, as the SAR’s table tennis players snatched a bronze in the women’s team event – the city's fourth medal at the Tokyo Games. Among those watching the event on TV at the Olympian City mall were the parents of Doo Hoi-kem, Hong Kong's...

Beijing hits out at critics over Tong Ying-kit case

Beijing has hit out at foreign politicians for their criticism over the nine-year jail term given to Tong Ying-kit, the first person to be convicted of breaching the national security law in Hong Kong. The sentence was handed down by three handpicked national security judges on Friday, who convicted Tong...

Let the jersey controversy go, says sports chief

The official in charge of Hong Kong's sports development on Friday appealed to the public to let the controversy surrounding athletes' jerseys go, and focus on their performances instead. The Sports Commissioner, Yeung Tak-keung, was speaking in Tokyo a day after the Hong Kong Badminton Association admitted that an outdated...