Hong Kong officials, lawmakers to enter ‘closed-loop’ arrangement ahead of July 1 celebrations

Executive Councillor Ip Kwok-him has said that “a state leader” may visit Hong Kong on July 1 – which marks the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s Handover from Britain to China – as top officials have been told to avoid huge gatherings ahead of the day . Xi Jinping in Hong Kong in 2017. File … Read more

Hong Kong tweaks Covid rules, two weeks ahead of July 1 celebrations

Hong Kong is tweaking Covid-19 rules again, two weeks ahead of a rumored visit by China’s Xi Jinping for the July 1 Handover anniversary celebrations. Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the risk of death or severe symptoms was low due to high immunity following the Omicron outbreak, but it was important to avoid “large-scale eruptions … Read more

Frontier workers and telework in the EU: new challenges ahead

How does telework affect what employers in the EU need to take into account when they employ frontier workers? The COVID-19 crisis provided the world of work with a lot of new challenges. As the post-COVID era is hopefully near, employers will need to anticipate new challenges ahead. One challenge that employers will probably be … Read more

China’s Xinjiang crackdown under scrutiny ahead of UN rights chief visit

By Laurie Chen China’s crackdown on Muslim minorities in the remote region of Xinjiang will return to the spotlight next week when Beijing hosts the United Nations human rights chief for the first time in nearly two decades. The highly scrutinised six-day trip by High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet will begin Monday, with stops in the … Read more

Covid-19: Hong Kong leader confirms next phase of Vaccine Pass to go ahead as health experts urge relaxation

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has confirmed that the next phase of Hong Kong’s Covid-19 Vaccine Pass will go ahead as scheduled on May 31, despite experts urging the government to relax the requirement for those under 60. Lam’s confirmation came on Tuesday after two University of Hong Kong (HKU) medics wrote an opinion piece in … Read more

In Pictures: Hong Kong pro-democracy group calls for full democracy ahead of one-man leadership race

Hong Kong should implement one man, one vote, a local pro-democracy group has said during a brief protest hours before unopposed leadership hopeful John Lee was set to secure the city’s top job. A protest staged by the League of Social Democrats on May 8, 2022, ahead of the 2022 Chief Executive Election. Photo: Kyle … Read more

Covid-19: Health experts urge Hong Kong gov’t to provide free test kits to students ahead of in-person class resumption

Most Hong Kong families will be expected to cover the cost of daily rapid Covid-19 tests required from students when in-person classes resume out of their own pockets, an education official said on Tuesday. However, health experts have urged the government to provide free test kits. Speaking on an RTHK program on Tuesday morning, the … Read more

London Alert: Strikes by London Underground workers to go ahead next week

Strikes by London Underground (LU) workers are to go ahead next week after talks failed to resolve a dispute over jobs, pensions and conditions. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will walk out next Tuesday and Thursday (March 1 and 3), threatening disruption to Tube services across the capital. The RMT said … Read more

London Alert: Warning over Tube services ahead of strike Tuesday and Thursday

London Underground is set to be crippled on Tuesday because of a strike by thousands of workers amid a warning there could be no Tube services because of the action. There will be a similar scale of disruption during a second walkout on Thursday, with a knock-on impact on Wednesday and Friday. Members of the … Read more

Hong Kong Chief Sec. John Lee resigns ahead of small-circle leadership election

John Lee has quit his role as Chief Secretary ahead of Hong Kong’s small-circle leadership race, less than a year after he was appointed to the position. John Lee. File photo: GovHK. Current Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced on Monday that she would not run for the position on May 8. Her office confirmed Lee’s … Read more