23 JUNE 2017
Hong Kong’s new chief: detention of booksellers in China not our concern
The kidnapping and detention of a group of Hong Kong booksellers is of no concern to the city’s government, its new leader has said
21 JUNE 2017
Hong Kong’s new cabinet revealed with plenty of familiar faces
Beijing has approved chief-executive elect Carrie Lam’s ministerial choices, which mostly comprise incumbents and promotees from within the current administration
10 JUNE 2017
United States expert Xie Feng becomes new foreign ministry commissioner in Hong Kong
A diplomat with two decades of experience in handling Sino-US relations has been appointed to head the foreign ministry office in Hong Kong
26 MAY 2017
Hong Kong’s Bar Association chief warns against making Basic Law interpretations by Beijing ‘standard practice’
The new head of Hong Kong’s professional body of barristers has warned against worsening fears over the city’s autonomy and judicial independence if “standardising” Beijing’s interpretations of the city’s mini-constitution means making it a regular practice
26 APRIL 2017
Hong Kong arrests ousted pro-independence lawmakers over oath-taking fiasco
Two former Hong Kong pro-independence lawmakers were arrested without warning by local police on Wednesday morning as part of what many fear to be a wider crackdown on dissent by the Beijing government
24 APRIL 2017
Bail for Hong Kong’s disgraced former leader Tsang
A Hong Kong court on Monday granted bail to former leader Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, who was jailed in February for 20 months for misconduct in public office
22 APRIL 2017
Beijing official rejects need for development of democracy in Hong Kong over next decade
Beijing has poured cold water on Hong Kong’s electoral reform aspirations, saying the city had pressing livelihood concerns to handle in the coming five to 10 years
30 MARCH 2017
Cardinal Tong tells Carrie Lam that the Church stands for full democracy and religious freedom in Hong Kong
In a letter to Beijing’s candidate, the bishop of Hong Kong promises a frank and honest relationship with the new government from « a friend who will give forthright admonition » to people in power
27 MARCH 2017
Hong Kong democracy activists charged hours after election of new city leader
Hong Kong police have started a crackdown on pro-democracy lawmakers and activists, informing at least nine people they will be charged for their involvement in a series of street protests more than two years ago
26 MARCH 2017
Hong Kong: Carrie Lam selected to be city’s next leader
Former chief secretary Carrie Lam has been elected as chief executive, becoming the first female leader of Hong Kong
13 MARCH 2017
Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung appointed vice-chairman of top Chinese political advisory body
Leung is the second vice-chairman – effectively a state leader – from Hong Kong, in addition to former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa. But Leung is the first chief executive to become a vice-chairman of the national political body during his tenure
22 FEBRUARY 2017
Convicted ex-Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang sentenced to 20 months in jail
Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang was on Wednesday (Feb 22) sentenced to 20 months in prison after a high-profile corruption trial found him guilty of misconduct during his time at the helm of the city
17 FEBRUARY 2017
Donald Tsang guilty of misconduct in office, making him first Hong Kong leader convicted in criminal trial
Donald Tsang Yam-kuen became Hong Kong’s first ever chief executive to be convicted in a criminal trial as the High Court on Friday found him guilty of misconduct in public office when he was the city’s leader
16 FEBRUARY 2017
Hong Kong pips Singapore to be ranked world’s freest economy for 23rd consecutive year
The city scored 89.8 out of 100 points in the annual index of economic freedom compiled by the Heritage Foundation, up by 1.2 points from last year, beating Singapore by 1.2 points and edging the island nation to second place
7 FEBRUARY 2017
Beijing’s ‘Invisible Hand’ at Work Ahead of Hong Kong Election
China has sent one of its most senior officials to drum up flagging support for its favored candidate in forthcoming elections for Hong Kong’s next leader, according to local media reports
1 JANUARY 2017
Thousands march in Hong Kong to protest bid to unseat lawmakers
Thousands of protesters, chanting « Sovereignty belongs to the people! » marched through Hong Kong on New Year’s Day to protest at the government’s legal bid to unseat pro-democracy lawmakers Nathan Law, Lau Siu-lai, Leung Kwok-hung, and Edward Yiu
23 DECEMBER 2016
President Xi Jinping praises Hong Kong leader for ‘curbing independence’
President Xi Jinping on Friday hailed outgoing Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s efforts in “curbing Hong Kong independence and street violence”, while also effectively setting requirements and priorities for the city’s next leader
12 DECEMBER 2016
Pro-democracy camp takes record quarter of seats on Election Committee that will choose Hong Kong’s leader
The city’s democratic camp has seized a record quarter of the seats in the committee that will go on to pick Hong Kong’s next leader in March
10 DECEMBER 2016
Hong Kong leader CY Leung says will not run again
Hong Kong’s leader Leung Chun-ying, who has been vilified by critics as a puppet of Beijing, said on Friday (Dec 9) he would not run again for office after a term marked by anti-China protests and political divisions
15 NOVEMBER 2016
Hong Kong court rules pro-independence politicians barred from legislature
A Hong Kong court disqualifies two pro-independence politicians from taking office, ruling their oath of allegiance invalid in a judgment in step with Beijing which last week intervened in the city’s legal system
13 NOVEMBER 2016
Thousands attend pro-Beijing rally in Hong Kong
Thousands of people attended a pro-Beijing rally in Hong Kong Sunday (Nov 13) in support of China’s decision to effectively bar two pro-independence legislators from taking office, as fears grow of the city’s freedoms being under threat
7 NOVEMBER 2016
China rules Hong Kong politicians must swear allegiance to country baring 2 pro-independence Hong Kong lawmakers from taking office
China’s top legislature has effectively barred two democratically elected, pro-independence politicians from taking office in Hong Kong, marking Beijing’s most direct intervention in the territory since the 1997 handover
6 NOVEMBER 2016
Hong Kong police clash with anti-China protesters
Hong Kong police used pepper spray on Sunday (Nov 6) to drive back hundreds of protesters angry at China’s decision to intervene in a row over whether two pro-independence lawmakers should be barred from the city’s legislature
12 OCTOBER 2016
New Hong Kong politicians defy Beijing by raising independence issues during swear-in ceremony
Three newly-elected Hong Kong MPs have been barred from the legislature after using a swearing-in ceremony to raise the contentious issues of independence and more democracy, highlighting growing defiance of Beijing
5 OCTOBER 2016
Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong deported from Thailand ‘at China’s request’
Hong Kong democracy campaigner Joshua Wong returned home on Wednesday (Oct 5) after being deported from Thailand, where he was due at events commemorating a massacre of student activists, as supporters blamed China for his detention
26 SEPTEMBER 2016
Taiwan attacks Hong Kong over string of visa denials
Taiwan lashed out at Hong Kong Monday (Sept 26), saying the city had recently denied visas to several Beijing-sceptic Taiwanese politicians as the island’s relations with China worsen.
6 SEPTEMBER 2016
China warns new Hong Kong lawmakers not to back independence
Beijing has warned new Hong Kong lawmakers not to back independence for the semi-autonomous city after young anti-China activists won seats for the first time in key weekend élections
5 SEPTEMBER 2016
Hong Kong elections: anti-Beijing activists gain foothold in power
Two years after tens of thousands of young people poured on to the streets of Hong Kong to issue an unprecedented call for political change, a new generation of pro-democracy activists has gained a foothold in power in the former British colony.
4 SEPTEMBER 2016
Record Hong Kong turnout for bitterly fought Legislative Council polls
A record number of voters turned out for Sunday’s Legislative Council elections, reflecting Hongkongers’ eagerness to make their voices count in the most politically critical and bitterly fought polls since the city’s 1997 handover
31 AUGUST 2016
China ‘to launch global hunt’ for boss of Hong Kong-based newspaper Sing Pao Daily News
Shenzhen police are reportedly looking for Gu Zhuoheng over a case of financial irregularity, following Sing Pao’s recent criticism of Leung Chun-ying
21 AUGUST 2016
Protest over election ban on Hong Kong pro-independence activists
Hundreds of people have taken part in a tightly-controlled demonstration in Hong Kong to protest at the government’s decision to bar six independence activists from standing in September’s legislative élections
5 AUGUST 2016
Banned election candidates lead Hong Kong independence rally
Candidates banned from standing for election in Hong Kong because they are advocating a split from mainland China led the city’s first pro-independence rally on Friday (Aug 5) as tension over the upcoming vote escalâtes
30 JULY 2016
Hong Kong National Party convenor Chan Ho-tin disqualified from running in Legislative Council polls
Chan Ho-tin, whose candidacy was invalidated by the city’s election watchdog on Saturday, is one of a number of localists who refused to sign a recently introduced additional declaration form which reinforces acknowledgement that Hong Kong is an inalienable part of China
26 JULY 2016
Two Hong Kong Journalists Jailed Over Sale of Political Magazines in China
A court in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Tuesday jailed two veteran journalists from neighboring Hong Kong after they sent their political magazines to subscribers across the internal border in mainland China.
21 JULY 2016
Hong Kong ‘Umbrella Revolution’ leader Joshua Wong convicted for protests
A key figure in Hong Kong’s ‘Umbrella Revolution’ was convicted Thursday of participating in a protest that sparked mass pro-democracy rallies, in a prosecution blasted as a « chilling warning » by rights campaigners
20 JULY 2016
Hong Kong election candidates must issue China pledge by law, says electoral commission
Candidates in Hong Kong’s September elections must pledge that the city is an « inalienable » part of China, the head of the Electoral Affairs Commission said, adding that advocating for independence could end their candidacy
6 JULY 2016
China demands Lam Wing-kee return from Hong Kong, but Hong Kong security chief says ‘no legal way’ to return bookseller Lam Wing-kee to China
A statement issued by the Ningbo Public Security Bureau said Lam had broken his bail terms by failing to return to the mainland for further investigation after his initial eight months in detention, Hong Kong’s Ming Pao newspaper reported
1 JULY 2016
Hong Kong protesters march over abducted booksellers
Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of Hong Kong to demand the resignation of its unpopular leader and answers over China’s alleged abduction of five local booksellers
17 JUNE 2016
Protests in Hong Kong over bookseller detention in China
Angry protesters gathered in Hong Kong Friday after a city bookseller broke silence to reveal how he was blindfolded, interrogated and detained in China for eight months for trading titles critical of Beijing
9 JUNE 2016
Hong Kong is the most expensive Chinese city for expats and second in Asia
Hong Kong has become the second most-expensive location for expatriates in Asia, overtaking Tier 1 mainland cities for the first time in five years and going up two places from last year’s fourth position, reveals the latest semi-annual cost-of-living survey by London-based human resource consultancy ECA International
8 JUNE 2016
Lancome shuts main Hong Kong stores as protesters accuse it of bowing to China
Lancome, the face-cream company owned by French cosmetics giant L’Oreal, shut main stores in Hong Kong on Wednesday as protesters gathered accusing it of bowing to China by cancelling a concert featuring a pro-democracy singer.
7 JUNE 2016
Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong acquitted over anti-China protest
Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong was acquitted on Tuesday (Jun 7) over an anti-China protest in the first of a raft of cases against him to reach a verdict.
31 MAY 2016
Hong Kong reclaims crown as world’s most competitive economy
Despite constant concerns that Hong Kong is losing its edge to mainland and regional rivals, the city has reclaimed the title of the world’s most competitive economy, according to the IMD World Competitiveness Centre
30 MAY 2016
Hong Kong pro-democracy activist beaten by police handed prison sentence
The assault of Ken Tsang by seven police officers in 2014 was caught on tape, sparking outrage in Hong Kong. Now he has been given a jail term for resisting arrest.
17 MAY 2016
Chinese official visits Hong Kong amid tension
The three-day visit by Zhang Dejiang, who in charge of Hong Kong and Macau affairs, is the first by such a senior official since the 2014 occupy democracy protests and comes amid growing concerns that Beijing is tightening its grip on the semi-autonomous territory http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/05/chinese-official-visits-hong-kong-tension-160517052748951.html
2 MAY 2016
Hundreds join protest over sacking of Ming Pao editor
Hundreds of protesters gathered Monday outside the headquarters of a Hong Kong newspaper where a respected editor was recently sacked after publishing a front-page story linked to the Panama Papers leak
20 APRIL 2016
Firing of top Hong Kong editor after Panama report rattles city’s media
The sudden sacking of a senior editor at Hong Kong’s Ming Pao newspaper after the paper ran a front-page expose of local figures based on the Panama Papers sent shockwaves through the city’s media industry onWednesday
14 APRIL 2016
Panama Papers reveal Hong Kong’s murky financial underbelly
The so-called Panama Papers, released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists this month, have exposed the key role played by Hong Kong and Singapore in funnelling that wealth into tax havens
10 APRIL 2016
Student leaders unveil new Hong Kong political party
Joshua Wong and Mr Nathan Law, who spearheaded the Occupy movement in 2014, founded Demosisto with the aim of running in the Legislative Council elections in September
3 APRIL 2016
Controversial Hong Kong movie wins ‘Best Film’ award
A controversial movie about the future of Hong Kong won the top prize at the city’s film awards on Sunday (Apr 3), after being a local box office hit but antagonising Beijing over its portrayal of the semi-autonomous territory in 2025
22 MARCH 2016
Hong Kong and China: A special Relationship
Recent developments in Hong Kong – from the violent disturbances in Hong Kong’s Mong Kok district on the first day of the Chinese new year to the disappearance of publisher Lee Bo – have taken concerns about political risk in Hong Kong to a new level, both in the city and beyond.
16 MARCH 2016
Hong Kong and Macau to be integrated with nine mainland provinces: State Council plan
A proposal to foster economic, social, technological and infrastructure integration includes speeding up construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge and the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high speed railway
14 MARCH 2016
Singapore versus Hong Kong
Singapore and Hong Kong have long been rivals for the crown of Asia’s best city. But Singapore has now crept well ahead of Hong Kong, a trend that is bound to continue, writes John West.
4 MARCH 2016
Hong Kong booksellers: One of five missing men returns home
Mr Lui, the general manager of Mighty Current, disappeared on 15 October while in Shenzhen in southern China
3 MARCH 2016
Macao’s GDP contracts 20.3% in 2015
Due to the continued decline in exports of services, Macao’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) shrank by 20.3 percent in real terms last year, with a 22.8 percent contraction in the first half, and a smaller slump of 17.7 percent in the second half, the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) said Thursday
29 FEBRUARY 2016
Pro-democracy candidate Alvin Yeung wins key Hong Kong election
Alvin Yeung of the established pro-democracy Civic Party defeated Holden Chow of the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong by more than 10,000 votes
9 FEBRUARY 2016
Dozens injured as police, protesters clash in Hong Kong
Activists angered over authorities’ attempts to crack down on the food hawkers in a crowded Kowloon neighborhood held running battles with police into the early hours of Tuesday.
4 FEBRUARY 2016
Chinese police admit holding three missing Hong Kong booksellers
The fate of five booksellers who disappeared from Hong Kong last year became clearer after Chinese police said the three men still missing were under investigation on the mainland for alleged “illegal activities”.
27 JANUARY 2016
Hong Kong’s former anti-corruption chief cleared of wrongdoing
Hong Kong has cleared its former anti-corruption chief of criminal wrongdoing, saying there is not enough evidence to prosecute him, the Department of Justice said on Wednesday
17 JANUARY 2016
Missing Hong Kong bookseller paraded on China state television
A missing Hong Kong publisher of books critical of Beijing appeared weeping on state television Sunday, saying he had returned to China to surrender to police 11 years after fleeing a fatal drink driving incident
Mgr Stephen Lee is the new bishop of Macau
Pope Francis has appointed Stephen Lee Bun-sang as the new bishop of Macao, replacing Mgr José Lai Hung-seng
13 JANUARY 2016
Hong Kong Chief Executive heckled in parliament during annual policy address
In a two-hour long policy address, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-Ying outlined his a wide range of policy initiatives for the city in 2016. But even before entering the Legislative Council where the speech took place, the leader knew he was facing a tough crowd, as protesters gathered outside the building to vent their anger.
10 JANUARY 2016
Thousands march in Hong Kong over missing publishers
Thousands of people in Hong Kong have attended a protest rally following the disappearance of five booksellers from a shop known for selling works critical of China
8 JANUARY 2016
The curious tale of five missing publishers in Hong Kong
The publishers’ serial disappearances have stoked “white terror” fear in Hong Kong, a rare corner of freedom in China. The city’s pro-democracy forces accused Chinese law enforcement agencies of trespassing into the Hong Kong jurisdiction and making illegal arrests
3 JANUARY 2016
Hong Kong demands answers from mainland Chinese police after five booksellers go missing
Hong Kong police are seeking answers from their mainland counterparts over the mysterious disappearance of a bookseller and his associates involved in publications critical of the Chinese Communist Party, amid fears they might have been secretly detained by law enforcement personnel from across the border
1 JANUARY 2016
Controversial Hong Kong bookseller becomes fifth man to go missing in mysterious circumstances
A controversial Hong Kong bookseller who specialises in reading material critical of the Chinese Communist Party has gone missing – just weeks after four of his associates disappeared in mysterious circumstances
11 DECEMBER 2015
Alibaba buys South China Morning Post, pledges to uphold editorial independence
Alibaba Group, China’s e-commerce giant, has bought the South China Morning Post and all other media assets from the SCMP Group, and has pledged to uphold editorial independence and to invest to strengthen the quality of the content.
23 NOVEMBER 2015
In Hong Kong district election, pan-democrats win 112 out of 431 seats but fail to take control of any district
Hong Kong’s pro-democracy camp saw an increase in district council seats following the first public election since last year’s mass pro-democracy movement, although pro-establishment parties retained the majority, according to poll results released Monday
28 OCTOBER 2015
Hong Kong’s work-life balance deteriorating: Survey
More than 60 percent of local employees perceived Hong Kong’s work-life balance as deteriorating compared to 10 years ago, a survey concluded
6 OCTOBER 2015
Hong Kong university protests over academic freedoms
Around 2,000 protesters at Hong Kong University marched Tuesday to support academic freedom as fears grow that Beijing is interfering in the city’s education system
5 OCTOBER 2015
Ex-Hong Kong leader charged with misconduct in public office
Hong Kong’s former leader, Donald Tsang, was charged on Monday with two counts of misconduct in public office, the latest in a string of scandals that have ensnared senior business and former political figures in the financial hub.
29 SEPTEMBER 2015
Fears for Hong Kong academic freedom as top legal scholar Johannes Chan barred from vice-presidency of Hong Kong University
A leading law professor was barred from taking up a senior post at one of Hong Kong’s top universities on Tuesday in what some said was a blow to academic freedom as Beijing tries to tighten its grip a year after student-led protests rocked the city
28 SEPTEMBER 2015
Rallies in Hong Kong mark anniversary of mass protests
Thousands of pro-democracy activists rallied near government headquarters in Hong Kong amid tight security to mark the first anniversary of pro-democracy protests that crippled parts of the Chinese-controlled city
27 AUGUST 2015
HK student leaders charged with unlawful assembly
Hong Kong police have charged 3 student leaders for attending an unlawful assembly almost one year after the mass protests that demanded democratic elections. Those charged include former student federation leader Alex Chow and a teenage student group’s leader, Joshua Wong
14 JULY 2015
Student activists Joshua Wong and Nathan Law charged with obstructing police in Hong Kong protest
Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong and another prominent young pro-democracy activist were charged Tuesday over an anti-China protest last year, in what they said was a witch hunt against political campaigners in the city
25 JUNE 2015
Fiasco for China’s Allies in Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s wealthiest businessman, Li Ka-shing, said he was “very disappointed” over the Hong Kong government’s failure to enact its reform package for the 2017 election of the chief executive. Asked who was responsible for what is now widely called a fiasco, Li ducked the question. “Everyone in Hong Kong is discussing this,” he said
18 JUNE 2015
Hong Kong lawmakers vote down Beijing-backed constitutional reform package
A bill proposed by the Chinese government that would have allowed Hong Kong residents to vote for their next leader — as long as the candidates were approved by Beijing — has been rejected by Hong Kong’s legislature
4 JUNE 2015
Thousands rally in Hong Kong for Tiananmen vigil
A park in central Hong Kong turned into a sea of candles on Thursday (Jun 4) as tens of thousands gathered to mark the 26th anniversary of China’s Tiananmen Square incident, with the city deeply divided ahead of a vote on how to choose its next leader
31 MAY 2015
No end to Hong Kong political battle as last-ditch meeting fails
Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers said on Sunday they would « definitely » veto the government’s planned political reforms after a last-ditch meeting with Chinese officials failed to reach any agreement
28 MAY 2015
Hong Kong leader challenged to step down over electoral reform package
Hong Kong’s leader was challenged to step down on Thursday as he clashed with angry pro-democracy lawmakers over the government’s controversial electoral reform package, which goes to a vote next month.
5 MAY 2015
Lu Ping: Chinese official who oversaw Hong Kong handover dies
Lu Ping, the Chinese official who oversaw Hong Kong’s transition from British to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, has died at the age of 87
25 APRIL 2015
European Union urges Hong Kong to adopt ‘genuine choice’ in elections amid city’s reform fracas
The European Union weighed in on Hong Kong’s political reform, saying people should be given a “genuine choice” in electing the city’s leader in 2017
22 APRIL 2015
Hong Kong unveils election reforms but pro-democracy leaders push back
Hong Kong’s government unveiled electoral reform proposals Wednesday that will allow citizens for vote for the city’s leader for the first time, but again failed to offer concessions to pro-democracy lawmakers and activists who object to China’s power to veto candidates
20 APRIL 2015
China vice president says 2017 vote wish of most Hong Kong people
The planned 2017 election for Hong Kong’s top official is what most people in the Chinese territory want, Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao said on Monday, despite demonstrations by thousands last year against the way it will be conducted
China to curb visits to Hong Kong by Shenzhen residents
China will limit visits by residents of the city of Shenzhen to neighboring Hong Kong, a politician and media said on April 12, following recent tension in the former British colony over growing numbers of mainland visitors. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/12/beijing-to-limit-hong-kong-visits-by-mainland-chinese
30 MARCH 2015
Hong Kong activists use newspaper petition to warn of academic threats
Activists published a full-page petition in a Chinese-language newspaper in Hong Kong on Monday, warning of growing threats to academic freedom and the educational system amid fears of a broader Chinese clampdown on the former British colony
25 MARCH 2015
Hong Kong Ready for Fresh ‘Occupy’ Protests Says City Leader
Hong Kong’s leader said on Wednesday the city was prepared for a fresh flareup of pro-democracy street protests, while issuing a call to arms against opposition democratic lawmakers who have disrupted government policy-making in the legislature
1 MARCH 2015
Hong Kong police arrest 33 after anti-mainland march
Hong Kong police arrested 33 people and fired pepper spray during clashes with demonstrators that disrupted traffic on Sunday (Mar 1), as a protest at the rising number of visitors from mainland China turned violent.
22 FEBRUARY 2015
Hong Kong delegates to China’s parliament seek mainland security laws to counter protests
Two Hong Kong delegates to China’s parliament are pushing to implement mainland security laws months after pro-democracy protesters shut down major parts of the Chinese-controlled city, broadcaster RTHK said on Sunday
17 FEBRUARY 2015
HK’s population at 7.26 million at end of 2014
Hong Kong’s population has increased 42,300, or 0.6 percent, to 7,264,100 at the end of 2014 from 7,221,800 at the end of 2013, according to Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government on Tuesday
7 FEBRUARY 2015
China seizes toilet rolls depicting HK leader CY Leung
China’s authorities have seized 7,600 toilet rolls and 20,000 packets of tissue printed with the image of Hong Kong chief executive CY Leung.
2 FEBRUARY 2015
Macau Faces Biggest Test as Corruption Crackdown Hits Hard
The “build it and they will come” strategy that has earned billions for casinos in Macau is facing its biggest test yet as a construction binge in the Chinese city bumps up against plummeting revenue
1 FEBRUAY 2015
Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters return to streets
Thousands of pro-democracy activists have returned to the streets of Hong Kong for their first big rally since mass protests last year.
19 JANUARY 2015
Hong Kong creates cadet force modelled partly on Chinese army
Hong Kong has created a new army cadet force modelled partly on the Chinese military, sparking fears of tighter controls over the city’s youth in the wake of student-led pro-democracy protests.
12 JANUARY 2015
Controversial Hong Kong media tycoon’s home firebombed
The home and former offices of Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, an outspoken critic of Beijing who also played a prominent role in large pro-democracy protests last month, were firebombed early on Monday, a spokesman said
31 DECEMBER 2014
A 14 years teenage girl arrested and put into a children’s home for drawing a chalk flower on a wall has been bailed after a successful appeal
23 DECEMBER 2014
Hong Kong tycoon, former top official sentenced in corruption trial
Tycoon Thomas Kwok received a five year sentence Tuesday, and former chief secretary Rafael Hui got seven and a half years, after having been found guilty by a Hong Kong high court jury last week.
Hong Kong tycoon, former top official sentenced in corruption trial
Tycoon Thomas Kwok received a five year sentence Tuesday, and former chief secretary Rafael Hui got seven and a half years, after having been found guilty by a Hong Kong high court jury last week.
20 DECEMBER 2014
Xi Jinping defends ‘one-China’ idea in Macau, amid protests
Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged Macau residents to respect the « one-China » policy during a visit to the former Portuguese colony.
19 DECEMBER 2014
Umbrellas banned as Xi Jinping arrives in Macau
President Xi Jinping visited a drizzly Macau on Friday for the 15th anniversary of the gambling hub’s return to Chinese rule, with onlookers barred from using umbrellas – the emblem of democracy protests in nearby Hong Kong.
15 DECEMBER 2014
‘Occupy is over’: Hong Kong chief executive announces end to protests as Causeway Bay is cleared
Hong Kong’s leader declared an end to 78 days of mass protests by pro-democracy demonstrators after police today cleared the last major camp and arrested 20 peaceful protesters.
12 DECEMBER 2014
Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai resigns after arrest
Hong Kong publishing tycoon Jimmy Lai, an outspoken critic of Beijing, has stepped down as editor-in-chief of the popular Apple Daily newspaper after being arrested for refusing to leave a key pro-democracy protest site in the centre of the city.
11 DECEMBER 2014
Hong Kong police clear main protest site, ending pro-democracy occupation
Hong Kong police dismantled the city’s main pro-democracy protest site on Thursday (Dec 11), clearing tents and barricades after more than two months of rallies and arresting more than 200 demonstrators, who vowed their struggle lives on.
3 DECEMBER 2014
Occupy Central leaders turn themselves in to Hong Kong police
The three co-founders of the pro-democracy Occupy Central movement which has become Hong Kong’s biggest civic disobedience campaign turned themselves in to the police on Wednesday
2 DECEMBER 2014
Hong Kong protest leaders to ‘surrender’
The three original founders of Hong Kong’s « Occupy Central » protest movement have announced that they will « surrender » to police while some other protesters started a hunger strike and called for a new wave of protests.
1 DECEMBER 2014
Hong Kong Protests Reach Violent High as Students Clash With Police Overnight
After two months of stalemate, the students attempt to block access to the government headquarters leading to intense clashes
26 NOVEMBER 2014
Hong Kong Police Clear Democracy Protest in Mong Kok, Arrest Leaders
Hong Kong authorities cleared a main protest camp Wednesday and arrested two leaders of the Occupy Central movement, which is calling for greater democracy in the semiautonomous Chinese territory.
25 NOVEMBER 2014
Lawmaker ‘Long Hair’ among 80 arrested amid clashes at Hong Kong protest site
Bailiffs began clearing a major pro-democracy protest site in Hong Kong’s bustling Mong Kok district Tuesday, triggering scuffles, arrests and a standoff with growing crowds of protesters.
19 NOVEMBER 2014
Clashes as Hong Kong protesters attempt parliament break-in
Masked teenagers rammed government offices in Hong Kong with metal barricades and charged police as the ongoing protests turned violent for the first time.
18 NOVEMBER 2014
Hong Kong authorities clear part of Admiralty protest site
The bailiffs, backed by police, dismantled barricades outside Citic Tower after the building’s owners complained about the disruption and were granted a high court injunction.
16 NOVEMBER 2014
Hong Kong court notice clears way for action at Admiralty protest site
A Hong Kong court notice ordering the eviction of democracy demonstrators from parts of the main protest site they have occupied for seven weeks has been published in leading newspapers, the first such public circular that empowers authorities to start clearing rally sites
15 NOVEMBER 2014
Hong Kong protest leaders denied Beijing flight
Three pro-democracy student leaders from Hong Kong have been stopped from boarding a plane to Beijing
7 NOVEMBER 2014
Hong Kong protest leaders request formal meeting with Beijing
Hong Kong protest leaders made a formal request Friday to speak with China over political reform, calling on a pro-Beijing politician to act as their mediator
6 NOVEMBER 2014
Protesters clash with police in Hong Kong
Pro-democracy protesters have clashed with police in Hong Kong for the first time in more than two weeks as pressure grows on demonstrators to abandon more than a month and a half of street occupations
5 NOVEMBER 2014
Hong Kong lawmakers demand inquiry into city leader
Hong Kong’s democratic lawmakers called for an official inquiry into the city’s embattled leader Wednesday, saying he « has no political integrity » after receiving large undeclared payments from an Australian company
29 OCTOBER 2014
Hong Kong lawmaker James Tien ousted from Chinese government body for ‘disloyalty
The prominent businessman and politician had criticised Hong Kong’s embattled leader Leung Chun Ying for failing to put an end to more than a month of pro-democracy protests – an unusual move for a pro-Beijing lawmaker
28 OCTOBER 2014
Thousands mark one month of Hong Kong protests
Hong Kong democracy activists on Tuesday marked one month of mass protests by unfurling a sea of umbrellas as student leaders called for direct talks with Beijing officials, the first time such a request has been made.
26 OCTOBER 2014
Hong Kong protesters in disarray as vote on next steps halted
Hong Kong‘s pro-democracy protesters were on Sunday forced to suspend a planned vote on their next steps – hours before it was due to begin – due to differing opinions about how to move their month-long campaign forward.
23 OCTOBER 2014
UN Rights Watchdog Calls for Open Elections in Hong Kong
The United Nations Human Rights Committee called on China on Thursday to ensure universal suffrage in Hong Kong, stressing that included the right to stand for election as well as the right to vote.
21 OCTOBER 2014
Hong Kong talks break up without agreement
Hong Kong’s leaders held their first direct talks with protesters who occupy large areas of the city on Tuesday, but without reaching any agreement.
20 OCTOBER 2014
Hong Kong court bans protesters from blocking roads
The Hong Kong High Court Monday granted two interim injunctions barring protesters from occupying key areas in the city even as the Chinese government accused the demonstrators of “putting social order at risk”.
18 OCTOBER 2014
Hong Kong: violence flares again as protesters reoccupy streets
Riot police clashed violently with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong on Saturday as demonstrators reoccupied a camp mostly cleared the previous day, leading to multiple arrests and jeopardising talks aimed at ending a political stalemate.
16 OCTOBER 2014
Hong Kong leader calls for talks but rules out key concession
Hong Kong’s government is ready for new talks with student protesters next week, its chief executive has said.
15 OCTOBER 2014
Police beating caught on video sparks Hong Kong outrage
Hong Kong police came under fire Wednesday after plainclothes officers were filmed beating and kicking a handcuffed protester during some of the worst clashes since mass pro-democracy rallies erupted over two weeks ago.
14 OCTOBER 2014
Hong Kong Police Dismantle Protest Barriers With Chainsaws and Sledgehammers
Hundreds of Hong Kong police used sledgehammers and chainsaws to dismantle pro-democracy barricades near government offices and the city’s financial center on Tuesday, reopening a major road for the first time since protests began two weeks ago.
13 OCTOBER 2014
Masked men attack Hong Kong democracy protesters
Violence broke out at the heart of Asia’s most important financial centre on Monday afternoon as dozens of masked men launched an assault on pro-democracy protesters camped out on the streets of Hong Kong.
12 OCTOBER 2014
Zero chance’ of protest success, says HK leader
Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters have an « almost zero chance » of changing Beijing’s stance and securing free elections, the city’s embattled Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said in a TV show Sunday.
11 OCTOBER 2014
Hong Kong Media Become Propaganda Tool Used to Attack Occupy Central
Many of Hong Kong’s media outlets have followed the line of the Chinese Communist Party in reporting on the Occupy Central’s democracy protests.
10 OCTOBER 2014
Hong Kong protest: Thousands on streets for fresh rally
Thousands of people are demonstrating in Hong Kong’s financial district after protest leaders called for a show of strength.
9 OCTOBER 2014
Hong Kong Government Cancels Talks, Tells Protesters to Clear Streets
The Hong Kong government on Thursday called off scheduled talks with pro-democracy student leaders aimed at ending nearly two weeks of a mass civil disobedience campaign calling for universal suffrage, and told protesters to clear the streets
8 OCTOBER 2014
Hong Kong chief executive CY Leung faces questions over secret $7m payout from Australian firm
Hong Kong’s embattled chief executive, CY Leung, has pocketed millions in secret fees from a listed Australian company in return for supporting its Asian business ambitions, a Fairfax Media investigation can reveal
6 OCTOBER 2014
Hong Kong officials resume work as protests thin
Hong Kong’s civil servants returned to work and schools were reopening Monday as a massive pro-democracy protest that has occupied much of the city center for the week dwindled
2 OCTOBER 2014
Hong Kong leader refuses to step down amid protests but opens door to talks
Hong Kong’s Chief Executive CY Leung says he will not resign, but has offered talks between his government and pro-democracy protesters
1 OCTOBER 2014
Defiant Hong Kong protesters demand leader steps down
Student demonstrators in Hong Kong have vowed to step up their mass pro-democracy protests if Chief Executive CY Leung does not resign.
28 SEPTEMBER 2014
Tear gas used against Hong Kong protesters
Hong Kong police have used tear gas to disperse protesters, just after the city’s leader announced that his government will launch a new round of consultations on electoral reform shortly.
26 SEPTEMBER 2014
Hong Kong democracy protesters enter government complex
At least 100 pro-democracy protesters have pushed through a police cordon to break into the main government compound in Hong Kong.
23 SEPTEMBER 2014
Former Hong Kong chief secretary Rafael Hui says he accepted secret payoff from Beijing
A former top Hong Kong civil servant told a court on Tuesday that he had received a secret payment of HK$11 million (S$1.8 million) « from Beijing » in 2007 through a businessman intermediary, local media reported
22 SEPTEMBER 2014
Hong Kong students kick off class boycott to demand greater democracy
Thousands of students braved sweltering heat in Hong Kong on Monday to demand greater democracy as they launched a week-long boycott of classes, underscoring a restive younger generation’s determination to challenge the Chinese Communist Party
Ups and downs in Singapore-HK ties
19 SEPTEMBER 2014
Time is right to rejuvenate Hong Kong-India relations
Hong Kong has a significant Indian community and much in common with India such as the British-derived law and the English language. Despite this however, I have found knowledge of India, even among the highly educated classes, to be either limited or wrong. The strange point is that the mainlanders have a sound knowledge of India, particularly its history and culture.
18 SEPTEMBER 2014
Singapore PM and Hong Kong leaders reaffirm strong ties
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met Hong Kong political and business leaders yesterday in his first trip to the city since 2001.
9 SEPTEMBER 2014
Hong Kong democracy activists shave heads in protest
Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have shaved their heads in a protest over what they see as China’s growing political control over the city.
2 SEPTEMBER 2014
Taiwan leader says he backs democracy for Hong Kong
Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou, who initiated detente with China, on Tuesday threw his support behind Hong Kong’s push for democracy — calling it a core value shared by Taiwanese people.
31 AUGUST 2014
China insists on right to choose candidates for HK leader
China insisted Sunday on the authorities’ right to choose candidates for the leadership of Hong Kong, a move likely to trigger protests from democracy advocates in the former British colony
Unchallenged Macau leader elected for a second term
Macau re-elected its incumbent leader in an unchallenged contest Sunday as the gambling hub faces growing calls for democracy amid anger over deteriorating living conditions and government accountability.
28 AUGUST 2014
Hong Kong Officials Raid Home of Media Mogul Critical of Beijing
Hong Kong anti-corruption officials have raided the home of media mogul Jimmy Lai, whose publications are often critical of mainland China
24 AUGUST 2014
Four arrests as Macau police halt unofficial democracy poll
Four people were arrested as police shut down voting facilities in Macau after activists ignored strong objections from Beijing and held an unofficial referendum on electoral reform, the event organiser said
19 AUGUST 2014
Were some Hong Kong marchers paid?
The biggest difference from previous protests was a flurry of accusations from media outlets – including Ming Pao, RTHK, ATV, TVB, Now TV, Oriental Daily News and Apple Daily – that organisers had hired marchers.
17 AUGUST 2014
HK pro-Beijing activists rally against pro-democracy campaign
Tens of thousands of people, some waving Chinese flags, marched through Hong Kong on Sunday to protest against a pro-democracy campaign to blockade the business district unless Beijing grants acceptable electoral reforms
15 AUGUST 2014
Hong Kong legal body votes to oust its pro-Beijing president
The Hong Kong Law Society has sent a strong rebuke to Beijing after it passed a vote of no confidence in its own president, who backed a controversial white paper reaffirming China’s control over the city
Hong Kong chief backs anti-Occupy move
Hong Kong’s top politician has backed a petition designed to counter Occupy Central ahead of a planned march on Sunday opposing the demands of the pro-democracy movement, which is expected to attract crowds of more than 100,000
3 AUGUST 2014
More Singaporeans moving to Hong Kong to work
Some high-profile names have joined the latest wave of Singaporeans who have moved to Hong Kong for various reasons
1 AUGUST 2014
Macau follows in Hong Kong’s footsteps on electoral reform
A civil referendum on electoral reform is brewing in Macau, following Hong Kong’s unofficial poll in June. Scheduled to be held from Aug 24 to 31, the referendum asks respondents if they support universal suffrage for the Macanese chief executive election in 2019, and whether they have confidence in the sole candidate for the 2014 chief executive election, who is incumbent Fernando Chu
29 JULY 2014
Hong Kong leader says Occupy protest would be ‘illegal’
Hong Kong’s leader declared a planned occupation of the city’s financial district by pro-democracy campaigners illegal Tuesday, and warned senior officials not to support the movement
26 JULY 2014
China denounces British parliament’s inquiry into Hong Kong affairs
China denounced the launch of a British parliamentary inquiry into the affairs of Hong Kong that has begun 30 years after the two countries agreed on the return of the financial hub to Beijing
23 JULY 2014
Beijing’s censorship and Macau universities
Lecturers are fired because they express pro-democracy views or mention the horror of Mao’s reign. The politburo and the principle of « one country, two systems » are off-limits on university campuses.
16 JULY 2014
China accuses Britain of interference over Hong Kong
China on Wednesday accused London of interfering in its internal affairs after British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg met two leading Hong Kong pro-democracy activists urging greater freedoms from Beijing.
15 JULY 2014
Hong Kong’s leader calls for limited electoral change despite protests
Hong Kong’s chief executive has set out the course towards limited electoral reform in his report to Beijing, arguing that mainstream opinion opposes the direct nomination of leaders
11 JULY 2014
Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers blast Britain over report
Pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong hit back Friday at former colonial ruler Britain over a report they said showed no « commitment » to the city and strived to avoid embarrassing Beijing
7 JULY 2014
Mainland Takes Charge in Hong Kong
China’s Xi Jinping administration, with its tougher stance on external and internal relations, is assuming greater control over Hong Kong’s affairs through the China Liaison Office, the mainland’s representative in the territory, setting the political agenda often without even consulting the city’s own leadership.
6 JULY 2014
Hong Kong press freedom faced ‘darkest days’ in past year
Hong Kong journalists said Sunday the past year had been the « darkest » for press freedom for decades, with growing political tensions expected to worsen the situation in the future
4 JULY 2014
Organisers of huge Hong Kong rally arrested
Police on Friday arrested the organisers of Hong Kong’s biggest pro-democracy rally since the city was handed back to China, sparking outrage from campaigners who denounced the « political suppression »
2 JULY 2014
Hong Kong police detain hundreds after mass protests
More than 500 demonstrators arrested for illegally ‘occupying’ street in central business district during pro-democracy protest
1 JULY 2014
Hundreds of thousands march through Hong Kong to demand democracy
In what is likely to be Hong Kong’s largest protest since its return to Chinese control, huge crowds pour onto the streets of the former British colony to protest against Beijing and demand greater democratic rights
29 JUNE 2014
Hong Kong democracy ‘referendum’ voting ends
The 10-day poll was held by protest group Occupy Central, which says almost 800,000 voted online or in person.
27 JUNE 2014
Hong Kong lawyers march against Beijing ‘interference’
More than a thousand lawyers all dressed in black took to the streets of Hong Kong in a silent march Friday against « interference » by Beijing in the city’s judiciary
24 JUNE 2014
China orders media to ‘delete’ Hong Kong democracy poll
Communist Party propaganda chiefs order China’s heavily controlled media to erase all mention of a referendum gauging support for democracy in Hong Kong
20 JUNE 2014
Tens of thousands vote in Hong Kong democracy ‘referendum’
Tens of thousands of people voted in an unofficial « referendum » on Hong Kong’s political future on Friday as tensions between pro-democracy activists and Beijing soared and one former senior official predicted a « very long hot summer » of protests
17 JUNE 2014
Hong Kong paper claims banks pulled ads after pressure from Beijing
Two London-based banks have stopped advertising in a Hong Kong newspaper, Apple Daily, because of pressure from Chinese authorities, claims one of the paper’s publishers
11 JUNE 2014
Protests in Hong Kong after China moves to assert control
Protesters turned Hong Kong’s constitutional document into toilet paper Wednesday in an angry demonstration against Beijing’s publication of a controversial White Paper reasserting China’s control over the city
10 JUNE 2014
Hong Kong must accept Beijing’s control, China’s Communist Party warns
Nearly a week after more than 100,000 protesters gathered in Hong Kong to remember the Tiananmen crackdown and call for universal suffrage, Beijing issues controversial white paper reminding the former colony it does not enjoy « full autonomy »
4 JUNE 2014
Crowds Gather in Hong Kong to Mark 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Killings
Tens of thousands gathered at a central Hong Kong park on Wednesday to mark the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, even as a stifling security presence in Beijing and elsewhere in mainland China appeared to forestall protests
1 JUNE 2014
Protesters march in Hong Kong ahead of Tiananmen vigil
Pro-democracy protesters marched in Hong Kong on Sunday to call for greater political freedoms in China and an end to one-party rule, ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown
28 MAY 2014
Hong Kong Democracy Activists Challenge Beijing with Referendum Plan
Hong Kong appears to be heading toward more political confrontation in the coming weeks, as pro-democracy activists prepare to hold an unofficial referendum to pressure the territory’s government and its superiors in Beijing to accept greater public involvement in the election process
21 MAY 2014
Concern Grows in Hong Kong Over Beijing’s Embrace
Much has been written about the erosion of Hong Kong’s political and administrative autonomy as Beijing leans on Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and his allies to promote One Country over Two Systems. But scant attention has been paid to the erosion of the territory’s commercial and financial autonomy.
10 MAY 2014
Beijing’s Choice and Hong Kong’s Elections
Beijing can better achieve its goals by allowing free elections in Hong Kong.
26 APRIL 2014
Tiananmen Square protest museum opens in Hong Kong
The world’s first museum dedicated to the 1989 pro-democracy protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square has opened in Hong Kong
10 APRIL 2014
Beijing’s Censors Ban Hong Kong Short Film
A short online video revealing Hong Kongers’ worries for their future was banned by China’s censorship bureau
28 MARCH 2014
Hong Kong democrats start hunger strike
More than a dozen Hong Kong democracy activists, including five lawmakers, said they were starting a hunger strike Friday as they step up their campaign for universal suffrage
26 MARCH 2014
The assault on press freedom in Hong Kong
Before the People’s Republic of China opened its doors to outsiders, Hong Kong used to be the keyhole through which the world peered into the vast, yet little known, country. After that it remained a place where journalism could thrive. But there are worrisome signs that being a journalist in the former British colony is becoming increasing difficult, if not dangerous.
23 MARCH 2014
Who will help the helpers in Hong Kong?
Foreign domestic helpers have come under the spotlight in Hong Kong recently, with several foreign domestic maids making allegations of torture and abuse at the hands of their employers
12 MARCH 2014
Nine men arrested over cleaver attack on Hong Kong journalist
Nine men have been arrested in connection with a brutal attack on a veteran Hong Kong journalist that sparked concerns for press freedom in the Chinese city, police say.
9 MARCH 2014
HK triads hide behind veil of respectability
6 MARCH 2014
China parliament head warns of western-style democracy for Hong Kong
The head of China’s parliament warned on Thursday that importing western-style democracy for a planned direct election in Hong Kong in 2017 could lead to « disastrous » results, a delegate who attended the closed-door meeting said
28 FEBRUARY 2014
After Brutal Attack, Hong Kong Journalists Call for End to Violence
Journalists groups started a signature campaign Friday to gather support for press freedom after Kevin Lau, former editor in chief of the Mingpao daily and one of the city’s most influential editors, was stabbed multiple times
26 FEBRUARY 2014
Hong Kong journalist stabbing sparks outrage
Kevin Lau Chun-to, a former editor of a Hong Kong newspaper whose abrupt dismissal in January sparked protests over press freedom is in critical condition after being hacked by an assailant with a meat cleaver
23 FEBRUARY 2014
Protestors March for Press Freedom in Hong Kong
Protestors took to Hong Kong streets on Sunday to march for press freedom, in a demonstration organized by journalists as fears grow that free expression is being compromised.
20 FEBRUARY 2014
Beijing’s Fight Against Democracy Activism in Hong Kong
Resentment toward Beijing is rising in Hong Kong due to Beijing’s persistent efforts to impose mainland-style policy aimed at limiting democratic rights for Hong Kong residents, silencing critics and assimilating Hong Kong into China
16 FEBRUARY 2014
Chinese military port approved in Hong Kong
The controversial construction of a People’s Liberation Army port along Hong Kong’s historic Victoria Harbour has been approved, amid growing unease about China’s role in the former British colony.
14 FEBRUARY 2014
Ill wind for Hong Kong’s press freedom
Undeterred, a steady stream of the city’s famously tough and boisterous journalists braved the cold to gather outside the office of privately owned Commercial Radio, a local station, to protest against the sacking of a popular but polarising talk show host Li Wei-ling.
5 FEBRUARY 2014
China Leans on Hong Kong’s Press
Beijing pulls the strings, editors move, tycoons shift advertising
4 FEBRUARY 2014
Hong Kong actor Wu Ma dies of lung cancer
His wife confirmed that Wu had been diagnosed with lung cancer after years of heavy smoking, with his health taking a turn for the worse around 10 months ago when the cancer was declared incurable. Despite the diagnosis, his wife said that he managed to « enjoyed every precious minute with his family. »
30 JANUARY 2014
Hong Kong’s Hugely Wasteful Fiscal System
Crying wolf over Hong Kong’s fiscal future has been a regular feature of the government in recent years but over the past few weeks almost daily wolf cries have been heard as the bureaucracy attempts to sustain its control of a hugely wasteful system of spending and reserve accumulation in the face of public demands for measures to reduce poverty
Hong Kong imposes sanctions on Philippines
The current visa-free arrangement for visiting Philippine diplomats and officials will be suspended from February 5, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying told a press conference
29 JANUARY 2014
A new Cultural Revolution: China’s war against Hong Kong publications
The publisher Wentian Yao, who was about to release a book on Xi Jinping, was arrested on phoney charges. For several years, Beijing has done everything it can to destroy books, stop publications, and censor newspapers and magazines in Hong Kong. Although the mainland appears to be winning this « war without explosion or smoke », its victory is but a veil hiding its real problems.
14 JANUARY 2014
Hong Kong pulls off 20-year reign as world’s freest economy
Hong Kong is the world’s freest economy yet again, in a two-decade reign of the position, a US-based think tank has reported.
13 JANUARY 2014
Can China Win Back Hong Kong?
Relations between Hong Kong and mainland China have fallen to some of their greatest depths since the city’s handover to Beijing.
7 JANUARY 2014
Hong Kong Kung fu movie mogul Run Run Shaw dies aged 106
Run Run Shaw, a pioneering Hong Kong media mogul whose studio helped to bring kung fu movies to the wider world, died Tuesday, his company said. He was 106
1 JANUARY 2014
Thousands rally on New Year’s Day for Hong Kong democracy
Thousands marched in Hong Kong Wednesday to demand a greater say in how their future leaders will be chosen, expressing fears that China will limit long-awaited political reforms.
23 DECEMBER 2013
Monopoly Takes Hong Kong’s Economic Heights
Monopoly marches on in supposedly competitive Hong Kong as a few families entrench themselves ever deeper into the sinews of the economy.
22 DECEMBER 2013
HK sees sharp fall in corruption reports
Hong Kong has become cleaner – it seems. The number of corruption reports made to its anti-graft watchdog this year looks set to fall to a two-decade low, due possibly to « heightened awareness of the public against corruption ».
4 DECEMBER 2013
HK gets election ball rolling
The premise that candidates in the future chief executive elections, to be conducted under universal suffrage, must « love the country and Hong Kong » is self-evident, said the chief secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, who announced on Wednesday the launch of a five-month public consultation on electoral reform.
2 DECEMBER 2013
China Tries to Head off Hong Kong Democracy
Twenty years after stalling universal suffrage for Hong Kong to elect its chief executive and legislators – promised in the territory’s mini constitution called the Basic Law, Beijing is now bent on hijacking the process of chief executive selection for 2017. Patriotism – equated as it is with allegiance to Communist Party dictatorship, has been introduced as a filter to screen out critics.
21 NOVEMBER 2013
Hong Kong domestic workers treated as ‘slaves’: Amnesty
Amnesty International on Thursday condemned the « slavery-like » conditions faced by thousands of Indonesian women who work in Hong Kong as domestic staff, accusing authorities of « inexcusable » inaction.
13 NOVEMBER 2013
Hong Kong activists head to Spratlys in « fishing » trip
Hong Kong activists left Wednesday on what they called a « fishing » boat trip to disputed islands, more than a year after they sailed to another contested chain to assert China’s sovereignty.
5 NOVEMBER 2013
Hong Kong warns Manila of sanctions over hostage tragedy
Hong Kong threatened the Philippines with sanctions on Tuesday if there’s no progress in talks over an apology for families of tourists killed while vacationing in Manila three years ago.
20 OCTOBER 2013
Hong Kong Television Network: Protest over licence ruling
Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Hong Kong to protest against what they see as a lack of government transparency and accountability.
15 OCTOBER 2013
Trust Issues: Hong Kong Resists Beijing’s Advances
When Hong Kong reverted to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, expectations were high—in Beijing and among the pro-mainland forces in Hong Kong—that identification with the Chinese nation would slowly but surely strengthen among the local population, especially among the younger generations, eventually solving the problem of Hong Kong’s full integration into China. However, sixteen years later the situation is very different
28 SEPTEMBER 2013
‘One-fifth of Hong Kong poor’
One-fifth of Hong Kong’s population lives in poverty, says a report that establishes an official poverty line in the affluent Chinese territory for the first time.
18 SEPTEMBER 2013
Britain, don’t interfere with Hong Kong’s internal affairs
Hugo Swire, British Foreign Office minister of State, wrote in Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post on Saturday that Hong Kong’s progress toward universal suffrage was « vital to its future stability, » and Britain stands ready to lend support in any way it canauling the electoral system.
3 SEPTEMBER 2013
Former Hong Kong minister appeals fraud conviction
29 AUGUST 2013
China warns US against meddling in Hong Kong politics
The United States refused to back down Thursday in its support for democracy in Hong Kong after Beijing accused Washington’s envoy to the city of meddling in China’s internal affairs.
24 AUGUST 2013
Hong Kong police arrest 1800 in triad raids
Hong Kong police said Friday they had arrested more than 1,800 people during anti-triad raids for crimes including illegal gambling and drug offences.
20 AUGUST 2013
Hong Kong Finds New Maids to Exploit
With Indonesians, like Filipinas, having become too aware of their rights, HK turns to Bangladesh
22 JULY 2013
Alibaba defends Jack Ma’s Tiananmen Square comments
Chinese internet giant Alibaba has accused Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post of misinterpreting comments made by company founder Jack Ma regarding the infamous crackdown on student protests at Tiananmen Square in 1989.
16 JULY 2013
Universal suffrage in Hong Kong, Beijing wants to « select » candidates
Zhang Xiaoming, the representative of the Chinese mainland, meets elected LegCo members for the first time since 1997, says a screening process for the post of chief executive is necessary. For Lee Chuek-yan, Zhang sends a very « bad message ». Alan Leong hopes it is « casual chat ».
1 JULY 2013
Hong Kong protesters urge leader to resign
ens of thousands of protesters have marched on Hong Kong streets, demanding greater democracy and the resignation of the city’s embattled leader.
24 JUNE 2013
Hong Kong Leader Defends Role in Letting NSA Leaker Flee
Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said Monday there was « no legal basis » to stop Edward Snowden from leaving the city while authorities were processing the U.S. extradition request and « asking (Washington) for further important information » on the case.
23 JUNE 2013
U.S. ‘disappointed’ that Hong Kong let NSA leaker Edward Snowden leave
The U.S. said Sunday it is « disappointed » that Hong Kong declined to arrest NSA leaker Edward Snowden and warned other countries « in the Western Hemisphere » that they should stop him in his tracks as he reportedly heads to Ecuador via Moscow with assistance from WikiLeaks.
21 JUNE 2013
Hong Kong’s democratic dilemma
Hong Kong is on a slow march towards full democracy, but as protesters up the pressure, business is increasingly fearful about the possible impact of the protests themselves
15 JUNE 2013
Hundreds protest in Hong Kong in support of Snowden
Chanting “No extradition” and “Shame on the U.S. government,” hundreds of people took to the rainy streets of Hong Kong on Saturday to voice solidarity with Edward Snowden and denounce the United States as a hypocritical “big brother” whose cyber-surveillance activities rival those of the Chinese government.
15 MAY 2013
HK anticorruption agency investigates ex-chief
Hong Kong’s corruption watchdog has launched a criminal investigation of its former chief following complaints of excessive spending when giving tens of thousands of dollars in gifts to mainland Chinese and other officials. http://asiancorrespondent.com/107672/hk-anticorruption-agency-investigates-ex-chief/
10 MAY 2013
Hong Kong property sales plunge 60% — with prices following
The volume of Hong Kong property sales fell 60% compared with last year in a sign that recent government policies are cooling one of the world’s most expensive real estate markets
7 MAY 2013
Hong Kong dock workers end strike
Dock workers in Hong Kong have ended a 40-day strike that affected one of the world’s busiest ports
2 MAY 2013
Cambodia, Hong Kong Slip in Press Freedom Poll
Press freedom took a knock in Hong Kong, Cambodia, and Thailand while Burma chalked up the best gains for media reforms in Asia over the past year, says an annual global Survey
4 APRIL 2013
Hong Kong port strike enters seventh day
Several hundred striking Hong Kong dockworkers are refusing to back down in a weeklong pay dispute that is slowing cargo shipments at the world’s third busiest port.
25 MARCH 2013
Hong Kong maids lose residency fight
Hong Kong’s top court has ruled against two Filipino domestic workers seeking permanent residency, the final decision in a case that affects tens of thousands of other foreign maids in the city. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/20133254315486835.html http://www.voanews.com/content/hong-kong-court-denies-right-to-seek-residency-to-foreign-domestic-workers/1627862.html
28 FEBRUARY 2013
CPPCC Member insults Leung Kwok Hung ‘You aren’t even a fucking Chinese’
In a Legislative Council meeting on Feb 18 2013, Lawrence Ma Yan-kwok 馬恩國, a member of CPPCC Shanxi Committee and the vice-spokesperson for DAB‘s Administration of Justice and Legal Services, blasted Legislative Council member Leung Kwok-hung, aka Long Hair, for not loving China and insulted Leung “You aren’t even a fucking Chinese” (3:29) after Leung quoted Ma’s speech, in which Ma agrees with Wu Bangguo that Hong Kong should not have the separation of powers. http://badcanto.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/cppcc-member-insults-leung-kwok-hung-you-arent-even-a-fucking-chinese/
14 FEBRUARY 2013
Leung’s popularity falls to record low, poll finds
Plagued by accusations made by a former ally, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s popularity has plunged to a record low, according to a poll by the University of Hong Kong released on Thursday. http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1150205/leungs-popularity-falls-record-low-poll-finds
28 JANUARY 2013
Hong Kong Journalists Protest Proposal to Restrict Information
Journalists in Hong Kong have issued a petition urging the government to scrap a proposed law limiting the personal data corporate directors must make publicly available. Critics argue the amendment will restrict press freedom and protect potentially corrupt directors from public scrutiny of their business holdings http://www.voanews.com/content/hong-kong-journalists-protest-proposal-to-restrict-information/1592069.html
25 JANUARY 2013
Disgruntled Hong Kong embraces Union Jack as symbol of freedom
Fifteen years into Chinese sovereignty over Hong Kong, the Union Jack returns to be a politically loaded symbol in the quest for identity as two different visions of the future of Hong Kong and Greater China square off in the autonomous city. Surprisingly, the long-retired colonial flag has been adopted as a symbol for those who advocate a distinct cultural and political identity for Asia’s leading financial hub.
1 JANUARY 2013
Hong Kong protesters urge leader to resign
Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong Tuesday, calling for the city’s embattled leader to quit and demanding greater democracy 15 years after it returned to Chinese rule. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/2013119593990515.html
13 DECEMBER 2012
Jackie Chan suggests China should crack down on Hong Kong protests
The actor’s comments, made during an interview with a Chinese newspaper, provoked a fierce reaction from critics who described him as a stooge for the Chinese government.
28 NOVEMBER 2012
Beijing signals new hard line on Hong Kong
When a mainland Chinese official accuses unnamed « external powers » of interfering in Hong Kong affairs, it’s a given that he is referring to the United States and Great Britain – and perhaps Taiwan as well. It’s also a given that, 15 years after Hong Kong’s handover from British to Chinese sovereignty, such a cryptic, undocumented allegation is the clearest signal yet that authorities in Beijing have completely lost the plot in their management – check that, mismanagement – of a city that is supposed to remain a largely autonomous Special Administrative Region of China until 2047
21 NOVEMBER 2012
Hong Kong Administration Seeks Closer China Ties
Hong Kong’s five-month-old administration, despite some highly publicized rear guard action over national loyalty introduction into the public schools, is nonetheless moving fast to insinuate more Beijing-inspired ideas.
Shifting ground on Hong Kong’s autonomy
11 SEPTEMBER 2012
China’s “One country two system” under threat
As mainlanders head to Hong Kong to protest, Chinese authorities are increasingly cracking down on the former British colony.
9 SEPTEMBER 2012
Hong Kong votes amid anger at Chinese interference
Hong Kong residents voted Sunday to renew half the seats in the island’s legislative council at a time of discontent over Chinese influence. The vote takes place a day after mass protests forced the government to back down on “patriotism” classe
8 SEPTEMBER 2012
Hong Kong backs down on ‘patriotism’ classes
Hong Kong’s government has backed down on a plan to force children to take Chinese patriotism classes, after thousands took to the streets in protest ahead of legislative poll
6 SEPTEMBER 2012
Protests against brainwashing classes continue in Hong Kong
Thousands of students and teachers in Hong Kong on Thursday protested for the eighth straight day in front of the government headquarters against plans to introduce a « national education » curriculum, while the authorities insist the plans must be enforced, reports Hong Kong newspaper Ming Pao.
1 SEPTEMBRE 2012
Thousands hold rally in Hong Kong against patriotism class Thousands of protesters held a rally in Hong Kong Saturday in a final push to force the government to scrap Chinese patriotism lessons before the start of a new school year
Thousands of students in Hong Kong have begun a hunger strike over the Chinese government’s plans to introduce a “national education” curriculum
15 JULY 2012
Former SCMP Hacks Appeal to Change Paper’s Direction
Twenty-four journalists who formerly worked for the South China Morning Post have written an open letter to the paper’s group executive director, Hui Kuok, expressing their concern that critical coverage of China is being abandoned in order to please the Communist authorities in Beijing
3 JULY 2012
Beijing gives Tsang a slap in the face
Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, the second chief executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, stepped down from office over the weekend after serving seven years without getting a time-honored sinecure from the central government of China. In the context of Chinese culture, that’s a slap in the face.
2 JULY 2012
One country, two (failed) systems
It wasn’t supposed to be like this. At least 400,000 Hongkongers, snaking all over Central in absolutely sweltering heat, from early afternoon until deep into the night, and from all walks of life (tycoons excluded), all of them expressing their anger at Hong Kong’s new CEO, pro-Beijing property developer Leung Chun-ying; the notion of « one country, two systems »; their impossibility to actually vote; and last but not least, motherland China.
1 JULY 2012
Hong Kong leader sworn in as protests swell
Hong Kong’s new Beijing-backed leader has been sworn amid rising public discontent over widening inequality and lack of full democracy in the semi-autonomous southern Chinese financial centre.
26 JUNE 2012
Donald Tsang: Fall of a fallen leader
With the last days of his term as Hong Kong’s Chief Executive drawing near, Hong Kong society remains reluctant to loosen their grip on Donald Tsang for his corruption allegations.
30 APRIL 2012
Hong Kong delays China patriotism lessons
Hong Kong said Monday 30 it would delay the introduction of mandatory « national education » classes, which have been criticised as a bid to brainwash children with Chinese patriotism
25 APRIL 2012
Hong Kong to limit mainland China maternity services
Hong Kong hospitals will limit maternity services to most pregnant women from mainland China from next year, under new proposals from its incoming chief executive. Mainland women will be prevented from giving birth in Hong Kong unless they have a Hong Kong husband.
18 APRIL 2012
New South China Morning Post Editor Confronts the Press
Wang Xiang Wei was appointed editor of the 110-year South China Morning Post in February. This is not the first time the newspaper, one of Asia’s most influential English language dailies, has had a Chinese editor. But Wang is the first from the Peoples’ Republic of China
4 APRIL 2012
Hong Kong sizes up next leader CY Leung’s loyalties
Over the weekend thousands of marchers took to the streets of Hong Kong’s commercial district to protest against what they perceived as Beijing’s meddling in the city’s political affairs
1 APRIL 2012
Thousands march against Hong Kong’s new leader
Thousands of Hong Kong people staged a noisy protest Sunday against the city’s incoming government chief and decried Beijing’s alleged interference in the city’s recent leadership election
29 MARCH 2012
Billionaire Kwok brothers arrested for graft in Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption on Thursday arrested the chairmen of Sun Hung Kai Properties, brothers Raymond and Thomas Kwok, on suspicion of corruption, the company said
28 MARCH 2012
Hong Kong wins appeal in maid residency case
A Hong Kong court has overturned last September’s landmark ruling which granted foreign domestic helpers the right to apply for permanent residency. The government’s victory is a major blow for hundreds of thousands of foreign maids working in the city
25 MARCH 2012
Leung Chun-ying elected Hong Kong’s new leader
An election committee of about 1,200 Hong Kong notables picked Beijing-loyalist Leung Chun-ying as the city’s next leader on Sunday, after a fraught campaign which will intensify pressure on China to keeps its promise to allow Hong Kong a direct leadership election in 2017
1st MARCH 2012
Hong Kong leader apologizes for accepting tycoons’ hospitality
Hong Kong’s leader, Chief Executive Donald Tsang, issued a public apology Thursday for the public concern he had caused by accepting hospitality from tycoons
17 FEBRUARY 2012
Pressure mounts on favourite to quit Hong Kong leadership race
The man believed to be Beijing’s choice for the next chief executive of Hong Kong was under growing pressure to quit the race Friday over an illegal extension at his family home
14 FEBRUARY 2012
China blocks Hong Kong-Taiwan embrace
Taiwan’s Beijing-friendly Kuomintang (KMT) government would like to see Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Donald Tsang stop by on the island. However, it seems Beijing and Tsang himself aren’t too keen on the implications of such a visit
11 FEBRUARY 2012
Hong Kong’s « Election »
As Chief Secretary Henry Tang’s candidacy fades, the oligarchs try to prop him up
7 FEBRUARY 2012
Hong Kong rages at wave of pregnant Chinese
Chinese officials are trying to reassure Hong Kong citizens that they will curb the number of pregnant women coming to give birth in the city as anger over non-residents’ access to health and education resources stirs up wider anti-mainland feeling
5 JANUARY 2012
Hong Kong’s Leaders Back Away from Their Own Pact
After having agreed a 9.2 percent hike in power prices, they now find it too steep
8 DECEMBER 2011
Task force set up to investigate vote rigging in Hong Kong
Hong Kong – Hong Kong’s anti-graft agency set up a 20-member task force to look into allegations of vote rigging in district elections last month, a top official said Thursday
28 NOVEMBER 2011
Leung Chun-ying runs for Chief Executive of Hong Kong
Leung Chun-ying, former Executive Council convener, announced his bid for Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special
Administrative Region on Sunday.
Hong Kong leader denies eroding press freedom
Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang on Monday defended his administration’s respect for freedom of the press, after complaints that the media was excluded from a Chinese state visit
24 NOVEMBER 2011
Hong Kong’s waning economic resilience
Asia’s economies have so far managed to escape the economic crisis in Europe and the US. But that resilience seems to be waning as fears grow that Hong Kong – a regional economic powerhouse – could slide into recession.
6 NOVEMBER 2011
Pro-Beijing parties sweep Hong Kong district polls
Well-financed pro-Beijing parties swept district polls in Hong Kong, official results showed Monday, ahead of bigger elections next year when the territory’s leader will step down. Sunday’s vote was more closely watched than usual because under reforms passed this year, district councillors will be able to run for new seats in the Legislative Council in 2012
23 OCTOBER 2011
Hong Kong mothers march against mainland babies
More than 1000 protesters, including pregnant mothers, marched in Hong Kong Sunday opposing the growing number of
mainland Chinese women coming to the city to give birth, organisers said.
19 OCTOBER 2011
Card. Zen on hunger strike for freedom of education in schools
Card. Joseph Zen has begun a hunger strike this morning in support of Catholics’ right to freedom of education. The hunger strike which will last at least three days aims to « underline the unjust ruling of the Supreme Court against the diocese, which threatens to destroy Catholic education in the territory
30 SEPTEMBER 2011
Filipina maid wins landmark Hong Kong case
Hong Kong’s High Court has ruled that a law banning foreign maids from settling permanently in the city was unconstitutional, in a
landmark case for the city’s domestic helpers
28 SEPTEMBER 2011
Hong Kong’s Chief Secretary Henry Tang resigns
A controversial Hong Kong official expected to become the territory’s next leader on Wednesday announced his resignation, fuelling
speculation that he would be tapped for the city’s top job. Henry Tang, the semi-autonomous territory’s chief secretary, had faced a storm of criticism over remarks he made about what critics called heavy-handed security imposed during a visit by China’s vice-premier Li Keqiang last month
18 MAY 2011
Hong Kong: China’s most patriotic city
Let’s face it, nearly 14 years after the British handed back this colony to Chinese rule, this city of 7.1 million people has yet to take the motherland in a warm, loving embrace. There have been lots of firm handshakes sealing economic deals, but hugs of genuine affection have been few, and ond kisses – indeed, even perfunctory pecks on the cheek – even fewer. So far, Hong Kong’s reunification with the mainland has been an economically successful but distinctly cold-blooded affair
28 AUGUST 2010
China approves controversial Hong Kong election reforms
China’s top lawmaking body Saturday approved controversial electoral reforms for Hong Kong, the city’s government-run radio station said. The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress in Beijing voted 98 per cent in favor of the reforms, RTHK radio reported
3 AUGUST 2010
How far and how fast should one of the planet’s most densely populated conurbations be allowed
Last week the government Census and Statistics Department published its population projections for 2010-2039, data which reach
into many areas of government policy. Using a 2009 baseline of 7.003 million the forecast is for the total to reach 8,892 million by 2039, an annual increase of some 0.8 percent or 63,000 a year
25 JUNE 2010
Hong Kong: Plan to Expand Legislature Is Approved
The Legislative Council voted 46 to 12 on Friday to approve a plan to add 10 seats to the legislature in 2012. The public would elect lawmakers to fill five seats
20 JANUARY 2010
Former Tiananmen movement leader Zhou Yongjun was sentenced to nine years
Former Tiananmen movement leader Zhou Yongjun was sentenced to nine years in prison on the charge of attempted fraud and fined
80,000 yuan. He was arrested in Hong Kong in September 2008. Instead of expelling him to the place he came from, Hong Kong authorities handed him over to Chinese police in violation of Hong Kong lawhttp://www.asianews.it/news-en/Arrested-in-Hong-Kong,-Tiananmen-protest-leader-sentenced-to-nine-years-in-a-Chinese-prison-17401.html
5 JULY 2009
Freedom of expression in Hong Kong on decline, journalists say
30 APRIL 2009
Bishop John Tong of Hong Kong, « man of dialogue, » but with « non-negotiable principles »
A wide-ranging interview with the successor to the combative Cardinal Zen. The progress and prospects of the Church’s efforts in the territory, and toward the sister Church in China, in a give-and-take relationship. Openness and dialogue with the Chinese government, but remembering the Chinese bishops in prison, and asking for complete religious liberty. Memories of childhood and of his conversion. The work of the Holy Spirit Study Centre