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Blow for Hong Kong pro-democracy movement as Jimmy Lai and fellow activists jailed  

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai jailed as authorities pursue a deluge of cases against high-profile dissidents.

Teddy bears and figurines in riot gear: How China is hoping to convince Hongkongers of need for tough law   8%

This is National Security Education Day in Hong Kong, the first since the central Chinese government imposed a wide-ranging security law on the territory.

Telstra held talks with private equity firm about international merger   5%

Telstra was in advanced discussions with a private equity firm and a Hong Kong telecommunications operator about an international tie-up.

Hong Kongs Octopus to launch payment card for mainland Chinese public transport as pressure from Alipay, WeChat Pay mounts at home  

Octopus Holdings, Hong Kong’s home-grown cashless payment operator, will soon launch a new transit card that works in more than 300 cities in mainland China as its business at home faces growing pressure from digital payment rivals such as Alipay and WeChat Pay.Under the offshore expansion plan, users of the Octopus transit card will be able to pay for public transport on buses, in taxis, and in rail transit to ferries in mainland China by the end of this year or early next year, according to…

Beijing hits back at Western criticism of Hong Kong courts hefty sentences for Jimmy Lai, opposition figures   7%

Beijing has hit out at Western countries for voicing their concern at a Hong Kong court’s decision to jail media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying and several opposition figures over their role in 2019’s social unrest, accusing critics of applying “double standards” and “glorifying criminals”.At the centre of the latest diplomatic spat were the verdicts handed down last Friday putting Lai and four former opposition lawmakers, including Lee Cheuk-yan and Cyd Ho Sau-lan, both of the Labour Party, behind…

Coronavirus vaccine: Hong Kong resident got three Covid-19 jabs after not telling doctor or staff about medical history   12%

Health officials revealed on Sunday that a Hong Kong resident had received three doses of Covid-19 vaccine, and urged private doctors taking part in the city’s inoculation drive to check jab records before administering shots.The 32-year-old man had his first dose, a BioNTech jab, at a community vaccination centre on March 12. He then went to a private clinic on March 28 and received the Sinovac vaccine, before returning to a vaccination centre on April 11 for his second BioNTech shot. His…

Missing Hong Kong hiker found dead on Kowloon Peak after air and ground search   -15%

A Hong Kong hiker missing for more than two days was found dead on Sunday, after a massive search and rescue operation ended in emergency personnel retrieving her body from the side of a cliff.Authorities located 24-year-old Shek Lok-kiu on Kowloon Peak at about 5.30pm. She was certified dead soon after.Rescuers from the Government Flying Service airlifted her to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan, just before 7pm.The multi-agency search was launched on Saturday night with…

Vaccination is the means, dont forget the end goal of making Hong Kong Covid-safe for the economy to take off   20%

Just when there seemed to be a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel in Hong Kong’s year-long fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, the shadow of uncertainty has returned.The government expanded vaccine access to a wider population by lowering the eligibility age threshold from 30 to 16 years and was mulling a further relaxation of social-distancing rules, but the confirmation of the city’s first local case with the N501Y mutant strain over the weekend has raised a warning flag. It could put…

Stress among Hong Kongs students and teachers has risen to worrying levels during the coronavirus pandemic, local groups say  

Stress among Hong Kong’s students and teachers has risen to worrying levels during the coronavirus pandemic, according to two local groups, with one suggesting minimising educators’ administrative workload and implementing self-learning days for pupils.The two separate studies were released on Sunday by the student counselling group Hok Yau Club and the research centre Youth IDEAS, an arm of the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups.The Hok Yau Club study measured pupils’ stress levels ahead of…

Hong Kong finance minister Paul Chan says ensuring citys economic security is a war without gun smoke   6%

Hong Kong should crack down on money laundering and economic support of terrorism to ensure its financial system will not be exploited to carry out acts that endanger national security, a government minister said on Sunday.Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po said economic security was integral to the city’s national security framework, pointing to how some countries had resorted to economic sanctions in the past to put pressure on, or even destroy, other regimes.“Attempts to destroy other…

Coronavirus: Hong Kong bans travel from India, Pakistan, and the Philippines after second local case of mutant strain; city records 30 new infections   10%

Hong Kong slapped a two-week travel ban on people coming to the city from India, Pakistan, and the Philippines on Sunday, hours after officials confirmed a second local Covid-19 case involving a mutated strain of the virus.Authorities ramped up warnings of a potential surge in infections amid an ongoing investigation into the source of the strain’s introduction into the community. The move came as the city recorded 30 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, 29 of which were imported. The new…

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemns sentencing of Hong Kong activists  

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken denounced Hong Kong’s “politically-motivated” decision to sentence publishing tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying and multiple opposition lawmakers to prison for their roles in the 2019 mass protests that rocked the city for a year.“Beijing and Hong Kong authorities are targeting Hong Kongers for doing nothing more than exercising protected rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of speech,” Blinken said in a statement on…

Hong Kong police arrest former Hospital Authority employee for allegedly obtaining personal information of patients, including officers and politicians  

Hong Kong police have arrested a former public hospital employee accused of accessing and obtaining information from a database of patients which included police officers, politicians and entertainers. In a press briefing on Saturday, Chief Inspector Tai Tze-bun, of the cyber security and technology crime bureau, said officers on Friday arrested the 50-year-old man, who worked as a clerk at the Hospital Authority. Tai said initial investigations revealed the suspect had searched for personal…

Beijings national security office in Hong Kong takes over second hotel  

Beijing’s national security office in Hong Kong is set to take over a second hotel in the city to provide additional workspace, according to people with knowledge of the matter.The Office for Safeguarding National Security of the Central People’s Government would occupy the Island Pacific Hotel in Sai Ying Pun for “some period as the additional work site”, the source said.According to listings on hotel booking websites, the 29-storey property, which is owned by Sino Hotels (Holdings) Ltd, has…

More than 500 Hongkongers apply for special Canada visa in first three weeks   12%

Justin Trudeau’s special immigration initiative for Hong Kong residents received more applications than expected in its first three weeks, according to a spokesman for Canada’s immigration minister.From February 8 to 28, 503 people applied for a three-year open work permit designed for young, educated individuals from the former British colony. It also expedites their eligibility to apply for permanent residency to one year. Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced the…

Declare yourself a Hongkonger, not simply Chinese, Canadian census campaign urges   9%

People of Hong Kong origin in Canada have been urged to declare themselves as Hongkongers, and not only Chinese, on the national census next month, in an effort by activists to preserve the diaspora’s “unique identity”.The “I Am Hong Konger” campaign, launched this week, asks immigrants and their descendants to specify their Hong Kong origins in the sections of the census questionnaire about ethnicity and place of birth. The campaigners remind respondents that they can list multiple origins,…

China reveals foreigner jailed for 11 years, mainland students arrested over Hong Kong protests  

Beijing has revealed details of four national security cases involving mainland Chinese students, two of whom were arrested after joining anti-extradition protests in Hong Kong. State television also gave more information about the case of a Chinese-born Belize businessman, reporting that he had been sentenced to 11 years in prison for advising US officials about foreign sanctions on Hong Kong and funding the protests.Changanjian, the official social media account of China’s top law enforcement…

EU social media campaign featuring Hong Kongs pro-Beijing lawmaker Regina Ip failed to illustrate our values, blocs top diplomat says   -12%

A social media campaign by the European Union to mark International Women’s Day that featured Hong Kong pro-establishment lawmaker Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee “failed to properly illustrate our values”, according to the bloc’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell. Borrell was responding to a letter of complaint by members of the European Parliament about Ip’s inclusion in the campaign, which also featured members of the city’s pan-democratic camp. A now-deleted post, published on March 8, featured a quote…

Wheelock outbids five rivals for last residential land plot at Hong Kongs Wong Chuk Hang subway station   13%

Wheelock Properties, one of Hong Kong’s largest developers, has won the right to build apartments at the Wong Chuk Hang subway station, beating five competitors to one of the last remaining plots of land around the city’s mass transport network.The company’s subsidiary Modern Expert Limited won the right to build on the land parcel measuring 46,800 square metres (503,750 square feet) atop the station on the South Island Line, according to a statement by MTR Corporation, which operates the…

Citigroup to hire up to 500 people for Hong Kong wealth management as it trims consumer banking in 13 Europe, Asia markets   18%

Citigroup plans to hire up to 500 people in its wealth management business in Hong Kong as it focuses on “wealth centres” in Asia under new CEO Jane Fraser and significantly revamps its consumer banking business in the region.The expansion will include more than 300 new relationship managers in the city in the next five years, as the bank aims to triple its clients and double its assets under management (AUM) in Hong Kong’s wealth business by 2025. The American bank previously said it was…

Hong Kong and China markets rise, boosted by record quarterly growth in China GDP   4%

The Hong Kong and China markets gained on Friday, as record growth in China’s gross domestic product (GDP) in the first quarter gave investor sentiment a lift even if it was slightly below expectations.In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index gained 0.6 per cent to 28,969.71, after falling by as much as 0.3 per cent earlier. It ended the week with gains of 0.9 per cent.China’s economy grew by 18.3 per cent in the first quarter of 2021, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. And while it was…

Private funds set to boost Hong Kong property investment by 40 per cent as assets cheapen after two-year slump   -36%

Institutional investors are flocking back to Hong Kong’s property market after a two-year slump, setting the sector up for its biggest annual growth since 2018 as the economy rebounds from its worst recession.Total investment volume is expected to soar 40 per cent to HK$86 billion (US$11.1 billion) this year, according to consultancy Colliers International. They fell 35.2 per cent year on year to HK$127.7 billion in 2019 and 52 per cent to HK$61.4 billion in 2020. The firm based its forecast on…

CK Asset raises share buyback by 14 per cent after asset injection from Li Ka Shing Foundation  

CK Asset Holdings, one of the listed flagships of Hong Kong’s richest billionaire Li Ka-shing, plans to spend an additional HK$2.4 billion (US$309 million) to boost its stock buyback programme and restore the family’s stake in the group.The company, the city’s second-largest developer by market value, will offer to buy back 380 million shares at HK$51 each or HK$19.4 billion, according to an exchange filing late Wednesday. That is an increase from 333.3 million shares previously proposed in…

Hong Kong police march in Chinese-style goose-stepping on National Security Education Day  

Photo taken on April 15, 2021 shows a flag-raising ceremony held at the Hong Kong Police College in south China's Hong Kong. (Xinhua/Li Gang)

HONG KONG, April 15 (Xinhua) -- "March!" A team of Hong Kong police officers strode forward and performed the Chinese-style goose-stepping at a flag-raising ceremony held in the Hong Kong Police College on Thursday.

April 15 marked the first National Security Education Day since the implementation of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) in late June last year.

Colleges of five disciplined services of the HKSAR government, including the Hong Kong Police Force, the Fire Services, the Correctional Services, the Customs and Excise, and the Immigration, held an Open Day and performed the People's Liberation Army-style foot drills to show nationalism and enhance awareness of safeguarding national security.

Among them included the police college, when a guard of honor composed of dozens of instructors performed the Chinese-style marching for the first time.

At around 10 a.m. local time, the police band played the "Ode to the Motherland" and the flag-raising team goose-stepped into the playground.

The flag bearer unfurled the five-star red flag in the air while the national anthem was played.

"Align to the right", "look forward", "salute to the national flag" ... the team completed a series of actions according to the commands called out in Cantonese Chinese.

One side of the playground was filled with spectators who responded excitedly with loud applause at the end of the marching performance.

"This year's marching team looks more refreshing and dignified," said Lee Hoi-woo, who watched Chinese-style foot drills for the first time, adding that she was deeply impressed by the performance.

The British-styled marching has been practiced in Hong Kong for years before the Chinese-style marching gained popularity here.

Hong Kong College Students Military Life Experience Camp was launched in 2011, when training of the Chinese-style marching was introduced, attracting a large number of young people to sign up.

In 2015, the Hong Kong Army Cadets Association, the only uniformed group trained with the Chinese-style military marching in Hong Kong, was established. At the flag-raising ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the May Fourth Movement last year, many youth uniformed groups in Hong Kong switched to the Chinese-style marching.

"Marching is an important part of discipline and team spirit training," Secretary for Security of the HKSAR government John Lee said, adding that all departments are encouraged to adopt the Chinese-style marching that meets their development needs.

Veteran HK Activists Jailed for Peaceful Protest: I Stand the Laws Good Servant But the Peoples First  

On Friday, 12 veteran pro-democracy activists were handed jail sentences—five of them suspended—for their involvement in two protests in 2019. Those sentenced include pro-democracy figures active in the city since Hong Kong’s 1997 handover, including media tycoon Jimmy Lai, legal heavyweight Margaret Ng, and Hong Kong’s “father of democracy” Martin Lee. Dr. Ng is a […]

On National Security Education Day, Hong Kong Celebrates Police Brutality   10%

After weeks of wall-to-wall advertising, the Hong Kong government celebrated its newly created “National Security Education Day” on Thursday. The New York Times’ Vivian Wang described how the day unfolded: Teddy bears clad in black police riot gear, on sale for more than $60 apiece. Schoolchildren’s messages of gratitude to the authorities, pasted onto the […]

HK Government Introduces Even More Measures to Ensure Preferred Election Outcomes  

The Hong Kong government has announced an umbrella bill to implement sweeping changes to the city’s electoral system, two weeks after the changes were approved by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) in Beijing. The measures will more than halve the number of democratically elected seats in the city’s legislature, while expanding the body […]

Hong Kong billionaire and newspaper tycoon Jimmy Lai gets 12 months in prison for role in anti-Beijing protests   25%

A prominent businessman and media tycoon has been jailed for one year by Chinese authorities for organizing and taking part in the unauthorized demonstrations which swept across Hong Kong in 2019 and 2020.
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Jimmy Lai: The Hong Kong billionaire's last interview as a free man  

Beijing critic Jimmy Lai, owner of Hong Kong’s last opposition newspaper Apple Daily, has been jailed.

Hong Kong democracy leaders sentenced to jail amid crackdown   25%

A Hong Kong court on Friday sentenced five leading pro-democracy advocates, including media tycoon Jimmy Lai, to 14 months in prison for organizing and participating in a massive march during 2019 anti-government protests that triggered an overwhelming crackdown from Beijing.

Hong Kong Sentences Jimmy Lai, Other Pro-Democracy Figures, to Prison   6%

The punishments for Mr. Lai, a media tycoon, and other leaders over an unauthorized peaceful protest point to what critics say is the shrinking space for dissent in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai among democracy leaders jailed for protests  

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was jailed for 12 months on Friday for helping to lead one of the city's biggest-ever protests. He was one of several leading activists to be sentenced, including Hong Kong's so-called “father of democracy” Martin Lee.