Beijing tells new gov’t to enhance Hong Kong’s int’l competitiveness, tackle housing problem

China’s top office for handling Hong Kong affairs has called on the incoming administration to enhance the city’s competitiveness on the international stage and tackle deep-rooted problems such as the housing crisis. See also: Explainer: Meet Hong Kong’s new top officials, chosen by incoming leader John Lee The State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs … Read more

Int’l vigils mark 33rd anniversary of Tiananmen crackdown, as Hong Kong tributes muted

Commemorative vigils, gatherings and protests were held in cities around the world on Saturday, the 33rd anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown. Pro-democracy activists light candles in front of Chinese consulate during a protest and a vigil on the 33rd anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests and crackdown, in Sydney on June 4, … Read more

Restore Hong Kong’s int’l profile and reopen to mainland China, top advisor urges next gov’t

Hong Kong’s next administration should promote its connectivity to mainland China and work on restoring the city’s reputation internationally, according to a government advisor who is expected to leave after his term ends on June 30. Bernard Chan. File Photo: RTHK screenshot. Bernard Chan, the advisor to incumbent Chief Executive Carrie Lam, has hinted that … Read more

Int’l groups to mark anniversary of Tiananmen crackdown as public vigils in Hong Kong expected to be muted

International human rights group Amnesty International has organized candlelight vigils in cities across the world to mark the anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown. This year could be the first without any public activities in Hong Kong to mark the anniversary. A timetable showing that the football pitches at Victoria Park were fully booked on June … Read more

HKFP Lens: Art Basel 2022 kicks off Hong Kong’s art week with works from 130 local and int’l galleries

Art Basel opens this week, showcasing 130 local and international galleries. Art Basel 2022. Photo: Tom Grundy / HKFP. Exhibitors from 28 countries and territories form part of a dynamic, multimedia program. Art Basel 2022. Photo: Tom Grundy / HKFP. With the city still under Covid restrictions, and travel limited, this year’s edition – postponed … Read more

Event: Hong Kong’s Art Central 2022 opens this week, showcasing local and int’l galleries

Art Central is returning to Wan Chai’s exhibition center this week, showcasing a new generation of talent from Asian galleries, as well as distinguished international artists. Sachiko Kamiki, summernight, 2021 canvas and acrylic on panel, 145.5 x 112.1 cm. The 2022 fair includes daily talks and panels, a suite of video art presentations, as well … Read more

Next Hong Kong leader John Lee rebuffs int’l criticism following arrest of 90-year-old cardinal

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive-elect has said that threats to national security must be handled “in accordance with the law,” when asked about the recent arrest of Cardinal Joseph Zen. Chief Executive-elect John Lee. Photo: Almond Li / HKFP. During an appearance on a Commercial Radio show on Sunday, the host recounted the recent arrest of … Read more

How int’l and local media reacted after Hong Kong committee selected John Lee as leader

Hong Kong’s small-circle leadership race made headlines not only in the city but around the world. Local newspapers focused on the large proportion of votes received by former chief secretary and security chief John Lee, while overseas outlets emphasized Beijing’s role in his ascension to the city’s top post. Chief Executive-elect John Lee. Photo: Almond … Read more

Co-founder of defunct Hong Kong media outlet DB Channel denied bail over calls for int’l sanctions, judgment reveals

The co-founder of a now-defunct online media platform charged under the national security law has been denied bail after the prosecution said that the outlet served as a platform to promote “seditious ideologies,” a High Court judgment published on Wednesday revealed. Frankie Fung’s bail application was rejected by Judge of the Court of First Instance … Read more