Rising through the ranks as a civil servant, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor was Hong Kong’s 4th and current Chief Executive.

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Free flags and forbidden fishtails: Hong Kong’s new patriots-only era

It’s the little things that give you away. I mean, HK$140,000 is not a lot of money in terms of government spending, but it is our money, and the way in which it slipped through our collective fingers tells you a lot about how things are run these days. The story starts last October, when…

Hong Kong’s reluctance to keep Jumbo Floating Restaurant afloat exposes flaws in gov’t-led gentrification scheme

The iconic Jumbo Floating Restaurant was promised a new lease of life as a “distinctive cultural heritage and tourist attraction” when Chief Executive Carrie Lam painted a rosy picture of the future of Aberdeen Harbour in her policy address in November 2020. She called the plan: Invigorating Island South.   For more than 40 years, the…

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Timeline: Hong Kong’s July 1 carnival of dissent – how 17 years of protest demands fell silent

Officially, July 1 marks the anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule in 1997. Traditionally, it was also a day for tens – or even hundreds – of thousands of Hongkongers to take their diverse demands and grievances to the streets. From pro-democracy groups to labour unions, from LGBT+ rights advocates to artists wielding…

2 years of Hong Kong’s national security law – explained in data

In June 2020, following months of pro-democracy protests and unrest, Beijing inserted the national security law directly into Hong Kong’s mini-constitution. The move gave police sweeping new powers, criminalising subversion, secession, collusion with foreign forces and terrorist acts.  Over the past years, we have seen the effectiveness of the National Security Law – it does…

5 years of Hong Kong under Carrie Lam – how many promises have been kept?

Carrie Lam took office as Hong Kong’s leader on July 1, 2017, after winning 777 votes from a 1,200-member Election Committee. In the five years since, the city has experienced great upheavals, including the protests and unrest of 2019, Beijing’s sweeping national security legislation and election overhaul, and the Covid-19 pandemic – the fifth and…

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