Hong Kong 25: China’s Xi Jinping to visit for July 1 Handover anniversary, will inaugurate John Lee

Chinese leader Xi Jinping will visit Hong Kong on July 1 to mark the 25th anniversary of the city’s Handover from Britain to China, state media revealed on Saturday. Xi Jinping in Hong Kong in 2017. File photo: GovHK. Xi will also swear-in Hong Kong’s new administration led by former chief secretary and security minister … Read more

Hong Kong’s incoming leader John Lee reveals members of advisory body Executive Council

Incoming leader John Lee has unveiled the full membership of the Executive Council, a top-tier team of government officials that will advise the administration for the next five years. The Executive Council consists of 21 Principal Officials, who were announced last Sunday, as well as 16 non-official members confirmed on Wednesday. Central Government Offices. Photo: … Read more

Hong Kong’s next leader John Lee reveals his new uniformed administration

The inauguration of the chief executive’s new fleet of apparatchiks provided the occasion, as such events usually do, for some exceptionally depressing official photography. Here is John Lee’s new team, in the smaller version. Chief Executive-elect John Lee and 21 designated politically accountable principal officials. Photo: GovHK. Several things stand out immediately. Firstly, the exalted … Read more

Explainer: Meet Hong Kong’s new top officials, chosen by incoming leader John Lee

Incoming leader John Lee has unveiled his cabinet ahead of his July 1 inauguration. The ex-police officer appointed seven new top officials from outside the government, including four pro-Beijing lawmakers. The security law head was picked as Lee’s no.2, whilst a “Covid zero” advocate was chosen as the health chief. Four officials are under US … Read more

John Lee’s cabinet: Security law head chosen as Hong Kong’s no.2, ‘Covid zero’ advocate to become health chief

Beijing has appointed the cabinet of incoming leader John Lee, with Hong Kong’s security law chief becoming his no.2 and a “Covid zero” advocate taking on the role of health chief. See also: Explainer: Meet Hong Kong’s new top officials, chosen by incoming leader John Lee Seven new top officials were appointed from outside the … Read more

John Lee to fix HK legal system’s image

Engineering firm Analogue Holdings is accused of collusion with a competitor on bidding for air-conditioning maintenance contracts. Interesting timing: it’s not exactly every day that Hong Kong takes action against cartels, and boss Otto von Poon is the husband of outgoing Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng, whose performance has (some say) not totally pleased Beijing. The … Read more

Hong Kong bars multiple media outlets since the inauguration of John Lee and July 1 celebrations

Hong Kong has effectively barred several independent newspapers, international media outlets and news wires from attending the inauguration of incoming leader John Lee, as well as from covering other July 1 events celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Handover. John Lee. File photo: John Lee campaign. Among those who did not receive an invite are … Read more

Many ‘positive and favorable elements’ for Hong Kong’s continuing success, Chief Executive-elect John Lee says

Chief Executive-elect John Lee and incumbent leader Carrie Lam predicted a bright future for Hong Kong at a forum on Thursday ahead of the 25th anniversary of the city’s return to China, expressing gratitude to the Beijing government and quoting from its leader. Hong Kong has “many, many strong, positive and favorable elements” for its … Read more

Just Another Day With John Claridge

Some tickets are available for The Gentle Author’s Tour on 18th & 19th June Cobb St, Spitalfields 1966 One morning in 1966, photographer John Claridge met these four men working in Cobb St, Spitalfields. “They were bloody silly,” recalled John fondly half a century later, “And there’s not enough of that in this world.” It … Read more

Hong Kong’s John Lee asks court to ‘relieve’ penalties for failing to comply with election regulations

Hong Kong’s incoming chief executive John Lee has asked the city’s High Court to waive penalties over his failure to submit three consent forms on time for advertisements linked to last month’s small-circle leadership race. Chief executive-elect John Lee. Photo: Kyle Lam / HKFP. In a writ petition on Tuesday, the 64-year-old chief executive-elect admitted … Read more