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In Pictures: Hongkongers stage ‘blank placard’ demo in solidarity with China Covid protests

Over two dozen people gathered in Central on Monday in solidarity with protests in mainland China against Covid-19 regulations. Most of the demonstrators, who had assembled during evening rush hour, were carrying blank placards – a symbol of the protests that have swept through key cities and university campuses nationwide. After around an hour, police…

Man arrested after 66-year-old Hong Kong activist ‘Grandma Wong’ assaulted during Covid protest

Police arrested a 22-year-old male on Monday for allegedly assaulting pro-democracy activist “Grandma Wong” during a rare protest in Central. Over two dozen people had gathered on Theatre Lane during evening rush hour in solidarity with protests in mainland China against Covid-19 regulations. 66-year-old Alexandra Wong – who was often seen at the 2019 pro-democracy protests…

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Covid-19: Hong Kong October arrivals down 97% compared to pre-pandemic 2019 data

Hong Kong saw 97.7 per cent fewer arrivals in October than in October 2019, despite recent relaxations to Covid-19 quarantine rules for inbound travellers. According to Immigration Department statistics, Hong Kong saw 10.8 million arrivals in October 2019, but only 318,935 last month. On Tuesday, Hong Kong’s John Lee said the city was “full of…

1,000 days of Covid-19 in Hong Kong – in data

Hong Kong recorded its first suspected Covid-19 case – involving a traveller from Wuhan, China – on January 22, 2020. Tuesday marks 1,000 days since the date, when health officials first set up a dedicated website to publish Covid-related information and began issuing daily press releases on the number of new infections each day. The…

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China’s 20th Party Congress: As leaders celebrate achievements, free societies agonise as autocrats cheer

This is a month of official celebration in China. It started on October 1, National Day, which commemorated 73 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).  In the coming days, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will convene its 20th Party Congress, during which the top brass will celebrate the party’s contributions…

Hong Kong’s new gov’t has Beijing’s trust, but can more relaxed Covid policies win over residents?

When the central authorities chose former police officer and security chief John Lee to be Hong Kong’s fifth chief executive, they signalled the overriding importance of security in Hong Kong. Lee has not disappointed them. As secretary for security under Carrie Lam’s leadership, he was part of a government that relentlessly pursued those it perceived…

Straight talk: Why Chuang Shuk-kwan’s performances at Hong Kong’s Covid-19 press conferences were worthy of praise

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, who for more than two years was the government’s leading voice on daily Covid-19 matters, has achieved the extraordinary feat of combining the roles of official government spokesperson and popular public figure. This has no doubt made some people jealous, and not only colleagues. Her last press conference – the daily ritual…

Russia’s setbacks in Ukraine raise questions about Beijing’s policy choices – and Hong Kong’s, too

On the opening day of February’s Winter Olympics in Beijing, China and Russia exuberantly affirmed their “no limits” friendship. In retrospect, it seems that limits emerged less than three weeks later when Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a blitzkrieg against Ukraine. The erosion of the avowed friendship was evident in two recent events: first, the…

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