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


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Covid-19: Hong Kong gov’t pays out HK$2 million for ‘indeterminate’ case of post-vaccine death

A fund set up by the Hong Kong government to compensate those who suffered from adverse reactions to Covid-19 vaccinations paid out HK$2 million in a case relating to a post-vaccination death, an official document has revealed. The Legislative Council approved the HK$1 billion fund to provide financial support to people who suffered unexpected serious…


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What John Lee as chief executive might mean for Hong Kong

Pro-establishment voices have indicated that the central government prefers a one-candidate race for chief executive, and that Chief Secretary John Lee fits the bill. Lee’s loyalty has been battle-tested. Choosing him signals that the Chinese Communist Party is not confident about security in Hong Kong. It also lets us know that the central government continues…


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Explainer: Hong Kong’s national security crackdown – month 22

April 15 marked the second National Security Education Day in Hong Kong. The month also saw more blows to press freedom, with national security police arresting another journalist for allegedly publishing “seditious materials.” Press groups suspended awards, citing “red lines” and legal risks. HKFP continues its monthly round-up of developments. Press freedom Veteran journalist Allan…

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Explainer: Hong Kong’s first small-circle leadership race since Beijing’s ‘patriots-only’ electoral overhaul

On May 8, Election Committee members will cast their ballots to determine – from one sole candidate – who leads the city for the next five years as Hong Kong holds its first small-circle leadership election since last year’s electoral overhaul. While the majority of electoral changes imposed by Beijing in March 2021 were related…

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Covid-19: Arrivals and departures during Hong Kong’s fifth wave – explained in six graphs

After close to two years of keeping the Covid-19 pandemic under control, Hong Kong’s fifth wave led to over 1.1 million infections and almost 8,000 deaths, with mostly unvaccinated elderly residents falling victim to Omicron. Hong Kong has stuck with stringent travel restrictions and maintains some of the world’s strictest quarantine requirements. Rules were further…


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