Senior Russian official questions US commitment to Ukraine

Russia's security council secretary Nikolai Patrushev delivers a speech at the IX Moscow conference on international security in Moscow on June 24, 2021. (ALEXANDER ZEMLIANICHENKO  / POOL / AFP) MOSCOW - One of the most senior Russian security officials on questioned on Thursday Washington's commitment to Ukraine in light of...

Pro-Beijing heavyweights appointed to vetting body

Three pro-Beijing heavyweights were on Tuesday appointed as non-official members of a powerful new panel that will decide who gets to sit on the Election Committee, or take part in Legco and chief executive races. Chief Executive Carrie Lam said former justice secretary Elsie Leung, former Legco president Rita Fan,...

Security chief slams ‘glorification’ of terrorism

Secretary for Security Chris Tang on Saturday condemned people whom he said were glorifying terrorism and encouraging violence. He made the comment following the death of a 50-year-old man who stabbed himself after allegedly knifing a police officer in the back in Causeway Bay on Thursday’s handover anniversary. Speaking to...

New chief secretary defends his suitability for role

Newly installed Chief Secretary John Lee on Saturday insisted he is well-suited to his new role, after concerns were raised about his experience following his promotion to the second highest position in the government. "There is no know-all, I think, in this world," Lee said, as he took questions from...

Democrat questions John Lee’s suitability for CS role

Democratic Party chairman Lo Kin-hei on Friday questioned John Lee's suitability for the role of chief secretary, saying his limited experience in government and shepherding of the ill-fated extradition bill in 2019 count against him. Lee, formerly the secretary for security, was appointed to the number two position in the...

New top team fought beside me during the hardship: CE

Beijing on Friday confirmed a reshuffle of the SAR administration, with Secretary for Security John Lee replacing Matthew Cheung as chief secretary, and Police Commissioner Chris Tang replacing Lee. One of Tang's deputies, Raymond Siu, is becoming the territory's new police chief. At a press conference, Chief Executive Carrie Lam...

Government reshuffle in the works, say reports

Hong Kong’s number two official, Matthew Cheung, is being allowed to bow out of Carrie Lam’s administration by Beijing, local media reported on Friday. The 70-year-old Chief Secretary will be replaced by Secretary for Security John Lee in a reshuffle that is reportedly being considered by the State Council. Police...

US deputy secretary of state visits Cambodia

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, right, walks with US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Ruth Sherman, left, prior to their meeting at the Patriarchate in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 29, 2021. (OZAN KOSE / POOL / AP) PHNOM PENH - US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman arrived in Cambodia on...

Universal suffrage may come earlier now: Rita Fan

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Govt defends promotion of ex-FEHD chief

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