Financial Secretary Paul Chan details ‘achievements’ of Hong Kong government since taking office in 2017

Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po has listed what he considers to be the government’s achievements since taking office in July 2017, pointing to improvements in Hong Kong’s financial services industry and overall economic stability.Chan’s assessment, published on his official blog on Sunday, came just days after he said the city’s reputation as a global financial […]

Independent inquiry into clashes during Hong Kong extradition bill protests would reveal whether ‘foreign forces’ involved, says pro-establishment figure backing statutory probe

A pro-establishment heavyweight has added his voice to calls for city leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to launch an independent probe into violent clashes during extradition bill protests on June 12.The Liberal Party honorary chairman, James Tien Pei-chun, said the statutory inquiry should look at whether “foreign forces” helped orchestrate the demonstrations, which included confrontations […]

How many personal truces between Xi and Trump will it take to resolve the trade war?

How many times can Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump agree to a personal truce before things turn sour again? At their meeting on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, the two men agreed to a resumption of the stalled trade negotiations but failed to come to any […]

Beijing’s sea change: main building work done on starfish-shaped mega airport

Main construction work on Beijing’s starfish-shaped new mega airport was completed on Sunday, state media reported, as it enters final preparations to open its doors in September – in time for the 70th anniversary of the founding of communist China on October 1.Designed by the late Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, the Beijing Daxing International Airport […]

Know the awkward pain of Ivanka Trump trying to converse with world leaders at G20

This Ivanka Trump clip is equal parts relatable and horrifying. In a moment captured at the G20 summit, we see President Trump’s daughter attempting to engage with a group of world leaders: Canada’s Justin Trudeau, France’s Emmanuel Macron, the U.K.’s Theresa May, and Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund. It goes poorly. […]

Japanese Fans, Official Translator Weigh in on Netflix Evangelion English Subtitle Debate

Netflix subtitles translate Kaworu’s proclamation to Shinji as ‘I like you’ compared to ADV’s ‘I love you.’ The Neon Genesis Evangelion TV series and Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth and Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion films launched on Netflix on June 21, sparking a ton of new chatter about the classic 1995 robot anime series. One subject that has come up for returning […]

‘A Chinese kind of democracy’: why young Chinese-Canadians in Vancouver support Hong Kong’s anti-extradition bill protests

On the same day an open letter supporting anti-extradition bill protests in Hong Kong appeared in Canada’s English-language press, an advert praising tough police action on demonstrators appeared in two of the country’s Chinese-language newspapers.The letter, published on June 21 in the Toronto Star, was signed by a group of 20 young people in Vancouver […]

China’s exporters welcome trade war truce, but worry about long-term outlook

China-based manufacturers have welcomed the news of a truce in the year-long trade war between Washington and Beijing, with a freeze on further tariffs.President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Donald Trump confirmed the deal – reported earlier in the week – on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka on Saturday. […]

Sanam Maher: on the trail of murdered Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch

In 2016, Pakistan was rocked by the ‘honour’ killing of its first internet celebrity. Sanam Maher’s book, extracted below, tells the story of a poor village girl who, in death, has become a defiant symbol for women’s freedom It takes a little over two hours to drive from Multan, a city in southern Punjab, Pakistan, […]

Conductor’s wage is ‘increased by a few hundred percent’

From the civil war at the National Theatre in Prague we hear that the bumbling administration gave the conductor Jaroslav Kyzlink a massive pay rise in order to stop from joining other artists in protesting the installation of a Norwegian artistic director. Read all about it here. Both artists are orchestra have been wearing white […]

10 Sunday Reads

My easy like Sunday morning reads: • CEOs made 287 times more money last year than their workers did (Vox) • The Unproven, Invasive Surveillance Technology Schools Are Using to Monitor Students (ProPublica) • The Dangerous Folly of Lafferism (New York Times) • America’s new redneck rebellion (Financial Times) • The Hidden Cost of GoFundMe… […]

Video: Thousands join pro-Hong Kong police rally, as anti-extradition law ‘Lennon Wall’ messages destroyed

Thousands protested outside Hong Kong’s parliament on Sunday — this time to support police as they face mounting criticism over their use of tear gas and rubber bullets. The large crowds, most of them dressed in white or blue, illustrated the ideological fissures now running through the finance hub as it experiences its worst political unrest […]