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Pets the latest sacrifice in Chinas attempt to hold fortress COVID-zero  

With Delta and Omicron on the rise, the country is dealing with mass lockdowns in eight cities, hamster exterminations in Hong Kong and international mail restrictions in Beijing.


Hong Kong to kill 2000 animals after hamsters get COVID-19   -25%

Hong Kong will also stop the sale of hamsters and the import of small mammals.


Coronavirus Hong Kong: education authorities weigh suspending classes in secondary schools from Monday after students swept up in current outbreak   1%


Hong Kong’s education authorities are likely to suspend most in-person classes in secondary schools starting Monday amid growing local outbreaks involving the Delta and Omicron variants, with health experts and principals backing the idea and an announcement expected soon.“The suspension could start on Monday, but the Form Six classes [the last year of secondary school] can be flexible,” a source told the Post.The expected development came as the government announced children as young as five…


Hong Kong elections: biggest opposition party to vote on expelling 2 members who endorsed centrist candidate in December poll  


Hong Kong’s biggest opposition party will vote next month on whether to expel two members who endorsed a middle-of-the-road candidate in December’s Legislative Council election without approval.The suggestion was put forward by the Democratic Party’s disciplinary committee following an internal probe into vice-chairwoman Edith Leung Yik-ting and member So Yat-hang, who had supported centrist aspirant Jason Poon Chuk-hung in the poll, according to a source.The potential disciplinary action…


Hong Kong pet owners cry foul over Covid-19 hamster cull, say shop closures will hurt business   -10%


Hong Kong’s pet shop owners have hit out at a government decision to cull hamsters and temporarily ban imports of small animals over possible Covid-19 transmission to humans, saying the move will hurt their businesses.Angela Chan, vice-president of the non-profit Hong Kong Pet Trade Association Limited, said on Wednesday that the policy would immediately hurt the pet trade and discourage people from buying and keeping hamsters in the long run.She said the association was in contact with…


Hong Kong chief executive election 2022: are also-rans spoilers or supporting cast to serious contenders in race for top job?   -5%


Kung fu master Checkley Sin Kwok-lam has emerged as a surprise potential contender – and the only one so far – in Hong Kong’s leadership race in March, after declaring on YouTube his confidence in winning the top job and vowing to “serve without caring about personal gains”.While some observers said it was difficult to take the election bid of Sin seriously until he had bagged enough nominations to enter the race, a number of pro-establishment figures cautioned against entirely dismissing the…


Legislative Council novices: mainland Chinese transplant wants to close gap between the 2 Hong Kongs   -4%


In the fourth of a six-part series on Hong Kong’s novice lawmakers, the Post meets Wendy Hong Wen, a mainland China native who calls the city home.Hong Kong’s “partygate” scandal has proved a tough first lesson in politics for freshman lawmaker Wendy Hong Wen.Hong’s attendance at a now-infamous birthday bash that saw nearly 20 lawmakers and officials quarantined after they were exposed to two Covid-19 patients on January 3 – the same day she was sworn into office – led to her spending the first…


European Parliament debates resolution over deterioration of media freedoms in Hong Kong  


European lawmakers urged the European Commission and EU member states on Wednesday to act over the “deterioration” in media freedoms in Hong Kong, reiterating calls for sanctions on the city’s top officials and proposing a review of Hong Kong’s status at the World Trade Organization (WTO).During a debate in the European Parliament, MEPs “deplored” the impact of Beijing’s sweeping national security law on Hong Kong, citing the closure of the independent media outlets Stand News, DB Channel and…


Hong Kong authorities to close down teachers complaints council, saying self-regulatory body is slow in handling protest-related cases   -35%


Hong Kong authorities are closing down a self-regulatory body that has investigated complaints against teachers for almost three decades, tightening their grip on the education sector.The Education Bureau also indicated it was unhappy the body had been slow in dealing with complaints against teachers related to the 2019 social unrest.In a late-night statement on Wednesday, the bureau said the Council on Professional Conduct in Education would officially come to an end on May 1 when the current…


Hong Kong hamster cull: drastic measure necessary to prevent another disaster caused by Deltas spread, top Covid-19 expert explains  


The Hong Kong government’s decision to cull 2,000 hamsters to contain a possible hamster-to-human transmission of the coronavirus has sparked outrage among pet owners and animal rights groups, who question whether the measure is too drastic or necessary.Officials asked pet owners and shops to hand over 2,000 hamsters that had been imported in two batches since December 22 for tests and euthanisation on Tuesday, after 11 samples taken from hamsters in a Causeway Bay pet store came back positive…


Coronavirus: Hong Kong faces imminent threat from Delta, Omicron variants as officials uncover 2 more untraceable cases and quarantine hotel cluster spreads to at least 3 schools   -20%


Hong Kong authorities have warned of an “imminent threat” from two coronavirus variants spreading locally after uncovering two more untraceable Covid-19 cases and finding that a cluster linked to a quarantine hotel has spread to at least three schools.A government spokesman on Wednesday night urged residents not to join social gatherings during the Lunar New Year holiday, which starts on February 1.“Hong Kong is now facing the imminent threat of both the Delta and Omicron mutant strains…


Hong Kong police seize HK$12 million worth of frozen meat, arrest 5, after intercepting cargo vessel in anti-smuggling operation   10%


Hong Kong police arrested five men and seized HK$12 million worth of frozen meat after intercepting a cargo vessel off Lamma Island on Tuesday night, as smugglers changed tactics to evade detection by law enforcement.This was the second such incident in five days. Maritime smugglers used cargo vessels rather than barges as their mobile warehouses and moved their “floating godowns” from the city’s northwest to the southwest to carry out illegal trading, according to a customs official.The new…


Coronavirus: no takers for Hong Kong hamster alarm at Shenzhen pet stores as WHO says risk of animals reinfecting humans low   -12%


Despite alarm in Hong Kong over hamsters from a pet store testing positive for Covid-19, there has been little impact on the pet business in mainland China.This comes as the World Health Organization said the risk of animals reinfecting humans with Sars-CoV-2, the coronavirus behind Covid-19, remained low.“We understand there are a number of species that can be infected with Sars-CoV-2. There’s the possibility [of] a reverse zoonosis [that] goes from humans back to animals, and then it’s…


Whaleshark, mysterious collector of 400,000 NFTs, sees Hong Kong as a hub for the digital tokens that are gaining fans   9%


WhaleShark, one of the most mysterious and active non-fungible token (NFT) collectors in the world with a portfolio of more than 400,000 items, sees Hong Kong as a hub for the blockchain-enabled digital asset when it comes to both money and art.In an exclusive interview with the South China Morning Post, WhaleShark, a British-born Chinese man who uses the pseudonym to maintain anonymity, said Hong Kong “is going to become a hub for NFTs, not only given their financial use case, but also for…


While Hong Kong gets the chills and theyre multiplying, the Musicians Union is staying alive  


P is a professional vocalist in Hong Kong, and a single mother raising her two daughters in the most expensive city in the world.Like all musicians, P, who asked that her real name not be used, was hit hard at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. With the closure of venues and a complete loss of income, she could no longer send her girls to school, or afford the rent on her flat, and had to ask friends to let her sleep on the sofa.Babe Tree, a songwriter, performance artist and close…


No money from mainland China behind Hong Kong bid for Taiwan-based Apple Online   2%


A Hong Kong businessman who wants to buy Taiwanese news website Apple Online said the potential acquisition did not involve any funding from mainland China.Kenny Wee, owner of Avengers Limited, one of the potential buyers of the Taipei-based site, told the news website on Friday he was the sole owner of the company and would not transfer a stake to anyone outside Taiwan.This is not Wee’s first tilt at buying the site – he tried to buy it and Hong Kong-based newspaper Apple Daily from parent…


Western-style democracy would doom Hong Kong to chaos, Chinese officials say   -5%


Hong Kong will be doomed to chaos if its political system cannot ensure patriots are firmly in charge, former and serving mainland Chinese officials said in Beijing on Tuesday.Wang Zhenmin, head of the Institute of State Governance and director of the Centre for Hong Kong and Macau Studies at Tsinghua University, said socioeconomic problems in the city would “never be solved” if it followed a Western democratic system.“If Hong Kong imported the American or British style of democracy, we can…


Alibaba, Chinese developers lift Hong Kong stocks to two-month high as China cuts interest rates, unveils spending stimulus   20%


Hong Kong stocks rose to the highest level in about two months after China cut a key lending rate for a second time in a month and stepped up infrastructure spending to prop up growth. Alibaba Group Holding led gains among tech peers.The Hang Seng Index advanced 2.3 per cent to 24,689.32 at the local midday trading break, approaching a level last seen on November 25. The Tech Index jumped 3.3 per cent, the most in a week, while the Shanghai Composite Index added 0.3 per cent.Property developers…


Hang Seng gains as China pledges to open policy toolbox to aid growth while Alibaba tumbles on US regulatory concerns   26%


Hong Kong stocks kept gains, shrugging off declines in regional markets, as bets on policy easing in mainland China aided property developers and banks. Alibaba Group slid on potential regulatory curbs in the US.The Hang Seng Index rose as much as 0.4 per cent before easing to a 0.1 per cent gain at the close of Wednesday trading. The city’s Tech Index slipped 1 per cent as Alibaba Group tumbled while China’s Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.3 per cent.Developers Country Garden and China…


Hong Kong retail space may surge by record amount in 2023 as mall owners aim to catch returning tourists   10%


Hong Kong may see a record amount of new retail space come to the market in 2023 as landlords try to time the opening of their shopping malls to coincide with the return of tourists after the city’s borders reopen.With several large projects in the pipeline, the amount of new space for shops could quadruple from just over a million square feet this year to about 4 million square feet in 2023, according to Savills.“There is hope that land checkpoints may reopen in the second half of 2022 which…


Real-world limits will keep Fed interest rate rises moderate, and the markets know it  


US monetary policy is set to tighten with inflation now at a level not seen since the 1980s. And Federal Reserve actions will affect Hongkongers, given the Hong Kong dollar’s peg to the US dollar via the Linked Exchange Rate System.But real-world considerations may limit how far Fed tightening can go. That might suit Hong Kong, where consumer price inflation is currently well below that of the US.A 0.25 percentage point rise in US interest rates may well now occur in March, with further…


SPAC backed by Chinese brokerage CMB International becomes first to file for Hong Kong listing, under new regime for blank-cheque companies   27%


A special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) sponsored by the asset management arm of Chinese brokerage CMB International has applied to float its shares in Hong Kong, becoming the first to test a new listing regime which became effective this month.Acquila Acquisition Corp will offer shares at HK$10 each (US$1.28), it said in a heavily-redacted draft prospectus filed with the stock exchange on Monday.Other terms such as the number of shares to be issued and the timetable of the offering were…


Local start-up harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to tackle monumental task of financial translation   -20%


[Sponsored Article] In 2017, Professor Francis Chin was leading a research project at the Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, where he sought to cooperate with local companies on artificial intelligence (AI) translation. He met Colin Hong, who has worked in the financial printing and translation industry for more than 20 years and was working for a listed company at the time. One year later, they decided time was ripe for the research to be further developed and commercialised. Together with…


Macaus gaming law reforms positive for casino industry, but outlook clouded by Covid-19 uncertainty, UBS, JPMorgan analysts say   37%


The amendments to Macau’s gaming laws have removed significant regulatory overhang for the city’s casino industry, but the outlook for the sector remains clouded because of the uncertainty over Covid-19, analysts said.Macau’s casino stocks jumped in Hong Kong on Monday as investors cheered the biggest reform in gambling laws in the world’s largest betting hub.Hang Seng Index constituents Sands China soared 14.6 per cent and Galaxy Entertainment jumped 7 per cent, pacing a rally in gambling…


HKSAR chief executive meets with newly-appointed commander of PLA HK Garrison   15%


(Source: cctv.com)

By Jin Dong and Zhou Weiqi

HONG KONG, Jan. 11 -- Carrie Lam, chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), met with Major General Peng Jingtang, the newly appointed commander of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Hong Kong Garrison, at the Government House on the morning of January 10. Chen Guoji, Director of the Chief Executive's Office, attended the event.

Carrie Lam welcomed Major General Peng Jingtang's assumption of office as commander of the PLA Hong Kong Garrison. She said that the PLA Hong Kong Garrison, as an important embodiment of national sovereignty, has been performing its responsibilities in the region in strict accordance with the Basic Law, the Law of the People's Republic of China on Garrisoning the HKSAR and other relevant laws. The PLA Hong Kong Garrison has always been well-disciplined and law-abiding, providing staunch support for maintaining the long-term prosperity and stability of the HKSAR, said Lam.

According to Lam, the PLA Hong Kong Garrison has been committed to deepening communication with Hong Kong society over the years. They actively participated in public service activities, and also organized multiple activities to enhance the understanding of national defense and the PLA troops among all walks of life, including the opening of the military camps to the public, HK Youth Military Summer Camp, and military life experience camps for HK college students, winning esteem and support from the public.

She also believed that under the leadership of Major General Peng Jingtang, the Hong Kong Garrison would continue to uphold its excellent tradition, work with the HKSAR Government to jointly safeguard the sovereignty, security and development interests of the nation, and help maintain the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong.

 


China appoints new commander of PLA HK Garrison   3%

HONG KONG, Jan. 10 -- Major General Peng Jingtang, former deputy chief of staff of the People's Armed Police Force (PAP), has been appointed as the commander of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Hong Kong Garrison, according to the news released by Colonel Wu Tao, spokesperson for the PLA Hong Kong Garrison, on January 9.

The appointment order was signed by Chinese President Xi Jinping, also chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) , and declared by General Wang Xiubin, commander of the PLA Southern Theater Command.

The newly-appointed Commander Major General Peng Jingtang said that he is ready to work with all the members of the PLA Hong Kong Garrison to profoundly implement the policy of "one country, two systems", perform defense duties in accordance with the law, resolutely defend national sovereignty, security and development interests, and firmly safeguard Hong Kong's long-term prosperity and stability.

 


Changes in Leadership Emphasize Antiterrorism Approach in Hong Kong   8%

Recent leadership changes in China’s peripheral regions signal the government’s continuing focus on an aggressive, heavily securitized approach to stability maintenance. The newest CCP cadre inserted into a prominent role is Major General Peng Jingtang, the new commander of Hong Kong’s PLA garrison, whose predecessor Chen Daoxiang is reaching retirement age. Dan Strumpf and Wenxin […]


Massive hamster euthanasia ordered due to Covid   22%


Hong Kong has warned pet owners not to kiss their animals after 11 hamsters returned positive Covid-19 tests. An outbreak in the Chinese-ruled territory has been traced to a pet shop.
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More expats may quit Hong Kong over its tough Covid laws: Survey  

The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong pointed to border closures as an issue for those surveyed.


Nicholas Goldberg: Democracy is dying in Hong Kong. But why should the rest of us care?   11%


The last time I visited Hong Kong, the pro-democracy movement was in full swing. Two years later, the battle seems to have been lost.