Hong Kong banking giants defy dire predictions amid protests

There may be protests, wafts of tear gas and the occasional burning Starbucks along the street, but inside Hong Kong’s biggest financial firms the outlook for

Stock exchange chief says China’s lack of trust hurt Hong Kong experiment

China’s plan to allow Hong Kong autonomy had “fundamental flaws” from the start because Beijing never trusted the former British colony to uphold its rule, the

Hong Kong crashes into recession as protests hit economy

Hong Kong’s economy contracted sharply in the third quarter as it entered a recession, exceeding economists’ worst estimates of the damage from nearly five months of

Hong Kong | China backs decision to exclude candidate Joshua Wong

China yesterday strongly backed Hong Kong’s move to exclude pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong from elections for local councilors, a decision seen as likely to fuel further public

Greater Bay could boost Macau’s role as ‘knowledge centre’

Macau has an important role to play as a ‘knowledge centre’ in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area project, according to Sino-Lusophone researchers present at a recent seminar in

Briefs | Luxury smuggling gang busted in Shenzhen

Customs officers in Shenzhen have broken up a gang who smuggled luxury goods and caught nine suspects, the city’s customs authority said yesterday. A total of 105 cases

Hong Kong | Housing sales jump as first-time buyers given boost

Hong Kong’s move to make it easier for first-time home buyers to break into the world’s least-affordable housing market has had an immediate effect, with sales

Hong Kong bars activist Joshua Wong from running in election

Hong Kong disqualified activist Joshua Wong from running in District Council elections next month, in a blow to protesters’ efforts to win greater electoral influence in the

Hong Kong | Carrie Lam dismisses ‘malicious’ report she’ll be replaced

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam dismissed reports of her looming replacement as “very malicious,” reiterating that she had Beijing’s support despite more than four months of

HK reporter accuses police of violence

A Hong Kong reporter disrupted a police news conference on Monday to protest what she called escalating violence by officers against journalists covering the city’s pro-democracy protests.

Way out of HK turmoil to be found in Greater Bay hinterland, says forum

Officials, scholars and business representatives assembled in Hong Kong at a forum last week to discuss the development of the Greater Bay Area. The participants heard that the development of the

Hengqin’s Novotown to open this December

Hong Kong-based Lai Sun Group announced yesterday that Novotown, an integrated tourism and entertainment hub located at the heart of Hengqin, will officially open on December 6. Novotown features a mix

HK protesters use skin and ink to support movement

Mike Chan’s tattoo needle buzzes gently as he draws a design on his customer’s thigh — a figure wearing a helmet, goggles and mask. Dipping his needle into pots of black,

Hong Kong | Protests flare for 21st weekend amid global unrest

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists demonstrated for the 21st straight weekend as unrest inspired by the movement spread around the globe, from South America to Europe to the Middle East. Police fired

China authorizes Macau’s port zone in Hengqin

China’s top legislature on Saturday voted to adopt a decision on authorizing the jurisdiction of Macao’s port zone at Hengqin port and extended areas in Guangdong Province to the Macau

Analysis | Pence speech takes hard stance on Hong Kong

Analysts are highlighting the strong support Mike Pence offered for protesters in Hong Kong during a long-anticipated speech delivered in Washington late last week. That may mean the Senate will

HK protesters criticize ‘gangster cops’ conduct

Hong Kong police fired tear gas yesterday to disperse a rally called over concerns about police conduct in months-long pro-democracy demonstrations, with protesters cursing the officers and calling them “gangster

Hong Kong police already have AI tech that can recognize faces

Hong Kong law enforcement authorities have access to artificial intelligence software that can match faces from any video footage to police databases, but it’s unclear if

Hong Kong | Bargain hunters revel as businesses see life or death

For Kirio Zhou, a native of mainland Chinese city Chongqing, Hong Kong has become a cheap weekend getaway. Since ongoing protests now in their 21st

HK protesters rally in support of Catalan movement

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters were rallying last night in support of separatists in Spain’s Catalonia region, as a Chinese official accused them of colluding with

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