Briefs | Greater Bay population expected to double by 2050

Economist Fan Gang predicts that by 2050, the Greater Bay Area will be home to 150 million people, almost double its current population. The mainland economist hopes that

Opinion | Belt and Road without China? Yes, it’s possible

Italy’s new role in the Belt and Road Initiative has alarmed G-7 allies fearful of China’s expanding reach. Give it time: This project is going to look a lot

Over concerns, HK introduces revised extradition laws

Hong Kong introduced revised extradition laws before the legislature yesterday despite concerns they would allow suspects to be sent to face torture and unfair trials in mainland

Guangdong cities to pilot skilled migration system

Guangdong has proposed a more preferential permanent residence policy for talent and will pilot a skilled migration system in nine cities in the Pearl River Delta, local

Art Basel Hong Kong attracts record 88,000 visitors

The 7th Art Basel Hong Kong has ended with 242 galleries presenting works by renowned and up-to-date artists from around the world. The five-day fair, which

Science | Hong Kong: Thirteen new ant species discovered

An addition of 13 new ant species, with three totally new to science, have been recorded in Hong Kong, researchers from the University of Hong Kong said

International resort island approved for Hengqin

China’s State Council has recently approved the plan submitted by Hengqin to develop an island of 106.4 square kilometers with international resorts. According to the approval, the administration of

Forum | Príncipe ports linked to the China Belt and Road initiative

The ports of Mozambique, Angola and São Tomé and Principe will be linked to the Chinese ‘Belt and Road’ initiative, which will have a “central hub”

Briefs | HK’s Carrie Lam digging in over extradition

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam is refusing to back down after fugitive Joseph Lau’s legal challenge to a proposed extradition plan on Monday. The plan will allow

Tycoon challenges Hong Kong bid to ease extraditions to China

Hong Kong billionaire Joseph Lau has filed a court challenge against proposed extradition law changes that would make it easier to transfer fugitives between the city,

How single women are driving gentrification in HK and elsewhere

Gentrification is reshaping urban areas all around the world, displacing large segments of the population and making cities increasingly unaffordable. In San Francisco, only

Briefs | Global bay areas to grow closer

An international forum for major global bay areas on Friday launched a new cooperation platform to exchange resources and development ideas. The Global Bay Areas Cooperation Council (GBACC)

Hong Kong | Proposed extradition law sparking concerns even after backpedal

Business and human rights groups are expressing concern over proposed changes to Hong Kong’s extradition law that would allow suspects to be sent to mainland China where

Hong Kong permits virtual banks in test to traditional lenders

Hong Kong’s traditional banks are set to face one of their biggest challenges yet: a new breed of financial technology firms estimated to snare as much

State censorship | CPPCC members call for internet freedoms to extend into Guangdong

Johnny Ng Kit-chong, member of the Hong Kong Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), has expressed his confidence in the proliferation of freedom of internet access

Mayor’s Visiting Program carries high significance, says Zhuhai mayor

The Mayor’s Visiting Program for China’s Neighboring Countries carries growing significance in the context of the Greater Bay Area (GBA), according to Zhuhai’s mayor Yao Yisheng.

Shenzhen | Drunk driver said he had perfume, not alcohol

A mainland man recently caught drunk-driving in Shenzhen told a traffic police officer that he had drunk a bottle of perfume instead of admitting to having consumed alcohol.

Cathay buys HK Express to move into budget air travel

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. agreed to pay HKD2.25 billion (USD287 million) in cash for Hong Kong’s only budget airline to enter the no-frills market, after more

Hong Kong | Gov’t cracks down on developers who defy vacancy tax

Hong Kong’s government unveiled details of a planned tax on unsold new apartments, including the potential for jail time for developers who defy the rules. Developers

30th Macao Arts Festival | And the prestigious closing spot goes to… IC president’s own play

The Macao Arts Festival, this year returning to celebrate its milestone 30th anniversary, kicks off in just over five weeks with a 22-program roster spread across a dozen

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