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