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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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…

Winning hearts and minds: mission impossible for Hong Kong’s new leader and his national security agenda?

Election campaigns and their enthusiasts everywhere are always full of extravagant promises and idealistic goals. Hong Kong is no exception — even under its new national security regime and the revamped election system designed to keep everyone but “safe” patriots out of the competition. Under these circumstances, the much-repeated aim of “bringing us together” –…

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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…

‘What’s his name again?’: Hong Kong stages election, unbeknownst to families celebrating Mother’s Day

The sole contender in Hong Kong’s small-circle chief executive race, John Lee, was selected by 1,416 pro-establishment voters on Sunday, which also happened to be Mother’s Day and Buddha’s Birthday, a public holiday. As votes were cast on Sunday morning, a dim sum restaurant in Mong Kok was packed with families, some taking advantage of…

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