Sunday, December 16, 2018

No cash handout likely from next budget as Hong Kong government faces surplus one-third of this year’s, says executive councillor

No cash handout likely from next budget as Hong Kong government faces surplus one-third...

A generous cash handout could be missing from the Hong Kong government’s upcoming budget plan, as the government’s surplus is expected to drop to about a third of the HK$138 billion (US$17.7 billion) figure last year, an executive councillor revealed on Saturday. The chief executive’s cabinet member, Wong Kwok-kin, who is also a lawmaker with…
China’s top legislative body has binding power over Hong Kong, Beijing scholar says

China’s top legislative body has binding power over Hong Kong, Beijing scholar says

Beijing’s top legislative body has binding power over Hong Kong, even if the city’s mini-constitution does not spell it out, a mainland legal scholar said on Friday – a day after a local court left the question unanswered. Peking University law professor Wang Lei was the government’s expert witness during the hearing on the constitutionality…
Chinese national anthem to play before Hong Kong lawmakers swear in to legislature under anti-abuse law

Chinese national anthem to play before Hong Kong lawmakers swear in to legislature under...

The national anthem will be played before lawmakers swear in to Hong Kong’s legislature, under a new addition to an already-controversial bill criminalising abuse of the song. The fresh move split pro-democracy figures, one of whom said it was an attempt to intimidate opposition politicians. China’s top legislative body initiated the new local law last…
Arthur Li to lead University of Hong Kong’s governing council for another three years

Arthur Li to lead University of Hong Kong’s governing council for another three years

The chairman of the University of Hong Kong’s governing council will lead the body for another three years after a first term shaken by fierce protests and criticism from both students and staff. The government gazette on Friday said controversial government adviser Arthur Li Kwok-cheung had been reappointed along with a new council member, Jason…
Democrats ponder next move after justice department ends investigation into former Hong Kong leader CY Leung

Democrats ponder next move after justice department ends investigation into former Hong Kong leader...

Democrats in Hong Kong are considering asking for a judicial review of the Department of Justice’s decision not to prosecute former chief executive Leung Chun-ying. The department had been investigating the city’s former leader over a HK$50 million payment he received in connection with his work for an Australian engineering firm before he took office.…
Binding power of decisions by China’s top legislative body on Hong Kong still open to debate despite court ruling on joint checkpoint, legal experts say

Binding power of decisions by China’s top legislative body on Hong Kong still open...

A Hong Kong court may have concluded that allowing mainland Chinese laws to be enforced at the West Kowloon high-speed rail terminus is legally sound, but experts said the binding power of decisions by China’s top legislative body on the city remains a subject of debate. The National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) endorsed the…
Beijing official praises Hong Kong’s ‘positive energy’ and improved political atmosphere in meeting with delegation from city

Beijing official praises Hong Kong’s ‘positive energy’ and improved political atmosphere in meeting with...

A top Beijing official overseeing Hong Kong affairs has praised the city for showing “positive energy” and improvements in political atmosphere, even as he warned against any challenge on national security. Zhang Xiaoming, the head of the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office (HKMAO), also promised that the central government would come up…
Make cross-border work in ‘Greater Bay Area’ easy for business professionals, Beijing think tank tells authorities

Make cross-border work in ‘Greater Bay Area’ easy for business professionals, Beijing think tank...

A Beijing-based think tank has urged authorities to allow business employees and professionals to travel freely between Hong Kong and its 10 neighbouring cities, so that the region can be turned into an financial and innovation powerhouse. Issuing its talents development policy study report, the Centre for China and Globalisation (CCG) also proposed promoting academic…
Hong Kong Democrats lose 59 members after row over district council elections

Hong Kong Democrats lose 59 members after row over district council elections

Hong Kong’s biggest pro-democracy party suffered a historic loss of headcount on Wednesday when 59 members resigned en masse, after a row over the upcoming district council elections. And leaders of the exodus warned the 700-strong Democratic Party that a dozen more were considering following them out of the door. In a joint statement released…
Hong Kong ‘not obliged to enforce sanctions imposed by US alone’, says senior official on case of Huawei’s Sabrina Meng Wanzhou

Hong Kong ‘not obliged to enforce sanctions imposed by US alone’, says senior official...

Hong Kong is not obliged to enforce sanctions imposed by the United States, including in the case of Huawei executive Sabrina Meng Wanzhou’s alleged dealings with Iran through a local company, a senior official told legislators on Wednesday. Vivian Sum Fong-kwang, deputy secretary of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, said the city government would…
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