Trio acquitted of forcing teenager to make a sexually themed video and of assaulting her

Two men and one woman were on Wednesday acquitted of using threats to force a friend to make a sexually explicit video and of assaulting her with a mobile phone, clothes hanger and lit cigarette. Sha Tin Court Magistrate Lau Yee-wan acquitted So Wing-sum, 19, Ng Ka-fung, 22, and Fung Chung-wai, 27, of a string […]

Talks to bring hungry mainland Chinese tourists for lunch at struggling Hong Kong shopping centre near border before starting shopping trips

Mainland Chinese tourists arriving in Hong Kong could first be taken to a struggling shopping centre close to the Shenzhen border for food to reduce pressure on some downtown areas and complaints by residents, the government says. Bernard Chan Pak-li, undersecretary for commerce and economic development, revealed the discussions on the plan while answering questions […]

Sun Hung Kai pays US$1.43 billion for Kai Tak residential plot in subdued tender that underscores downbeat market

Sun Hung Kai Properties, Hong Kong’s biggest developer, has won a government tender for the fourth plot of residential land on the old runway at Kai Tak, paying HK$11.26 billion (US$1.43 billion) for the parcel at the city’s former airport. At HK$17,360 per square foot, the winning price for Kai Tak Area 4C Site 3 […]

China’s chunyun challenge draws overseas volunteer railway staff to help cope with Lunar New Year rush

Passengers on high-speed trains in northwestern China may be served by foreign conductors, as overseas students from Xian Jiaotong University join the railway in time for the Lunar New Year travel season. The five students – from Mexico, Tajikistan, Nigeria, Antigua and Barbuda, and Guyana – have volunteered in an effort to understand chunyun, and […]

‘I suggest that we must pick our battles,’ celebrated Chinese state banker warned Beijing against trade war

The former head of a Chinese policy bank pleaded for China not to engage in a tit-for-tat trade war with the United States, a newly-published speech from last September shows. The speech by Li Ruogu, the former president of the Export and Import Bank of China (China Exim), a giant state-owned lender that gives loans […]

Could Americans be caught in the crossfire of an extradition request for Huawei’s Sabrina Meng Wanzhou?

Canadians may be in the firing line now but the US nationals could be at risk as the extradition saga involving Chinese tech executive Sabrina Meng Wanzhou unfolds, observers say. Beijing warned Washington on Tuesday against proceeding with its formal extradition request for Meng, chief financial officer of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies, which US […]

Another Singaporean to fill top academic post in Hong Kong, with ex-NUS law dean Tan Cheng Han tipped to head CityU School of Law

Another high-profile Singaporean will be appointed to a top academic post in Hong Kong – this time former National University of Singapore law dean Tan Cheng Han, as the head of City University’s school of law – the Post has learned. The 53-year-old expert in company law will be the second Singaporean to head a […]

Four arrested as Hong Kong police seize US$3.19 million worth of cocaine in village house near border

A new drug production centre operating in a remote village house near the border with mainland China was closed down by police with the arrest of four men and the seizure of HK$25 million (US$3.19 million) worth of cocaine and half-finished products, police said on Wednesday. Superintendent Ng Wing-sze of the Narcotics Bureau said initial […]

First-ever Hong Kong legislator to give birth in office, Eunice Yung celebrates birth of baby girl

Hong Kong politician Eunice Yung Hoi-yan on Wednesday became the first sitting legislator to give birth, when her 3kg baby girl was delivered. In a text message from St Teresa’s Hospital, Kowloon City, the New People’s Party vice-chairwoman said her caesarean section went smoothly. Her party chairwoman Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee posted a photo of […]

Hong Kong police seize more than a tonne of illegal fireworks and firecrackers near border checkpoint

More than a tonne of illegal fireworks and firecrackers smuggled into Hong Kong from mainland China were confiscated by police in an outdoor container yard near the Lok Ma Chau border checkpoint in the run-up to the Lunar New Year. With the help of a sniffer dog from the force’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau, the […]

Act of folly: One of China’s poorest counties under fire after spending US$9 million on dynastic-style city gates

One of the poorest counties in China is in trouble with the government after spending more than 62 million yuan (US$9.1 million) on two gates and other “image projects”. The Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development described landscaping works near an expressway in Yuzhong county, northwestern Gansu province, as vanity projects that were incompatible with […]

Wanted: sperm donor for single Chinese woman in video appeal, as unmarried parents still face barriers

“I’m Alan, I’m 27, I’m a sperm seeker. If you are the one, contact me.” In an online video released on Tuesday, the Beijing-based woman looks into the camera lens, smiling. Her cellphone number flashed on the screen. Since 2017, “Alan” – an online alias – has launched four online personal ads looking for a […]

Man walks free from Hong Kong court after daughter admits making up rape allegations against him

A man accused of repeatedly molesting and raping his teenage daughter walked free from a Hong Kong court on Wednesday, two days after the girl admitted making up the allegations to frame him. The 15-year-old told the High Court she had lied out of anger over the father’s favouritism towards her brother, going as far […]

Huge increase in investigations by Hong Kong authorities into suspected breaches of UN sanctions in last five years

Investigations by Hong Kong authorities into suspected breaches of United Nations sanctions have multiplied by 14 in recent years, from 13 cases in 2014 to 181 last year. But no charges were laid in relation to contravening UN sanctions in that time, as the government dealt with such cases by deregistering suspect companies or denying […]

Pro-democracy activists stage flash mob protest outside Hong Kong’s Legislative Council during first reading of Chinese national anthem law

Pro-democracy activists from a youth group staged a guerilla protest at government headquarters on Wednesday, unfurling a black banner against a bill being tabled in the legislature to outlaw abuse of China’s national anthem. While lawmakers finished the first reading of the bill without incident in the Legislative Council, the government condemned and reported to […]

Troubles mount for 80-year-old builder Hsin Chong – defaults on US$150 million bond, files for provisional liquidation and faces delisting

Hsin Chong Group Holdings, the Hong Kong construction major behind the iconic Ocean Park and former Kai Tak Airport, could be delisted in July after filing for provisional liquidation earlier this week. The development came just before the company defaulted on a US$150 million bond due on Tuesday. The Supreme Court of Bermuda approved Hsin […]

Israel has enough sense and self interest to avoid efforts to drag it into US-China trade war, analysts say

Uncertainty over China’s relationship with Israel is growing as the United States puts pressure on its allies to harden their stance on Beijing while trade and geopolitical tensions between the world’s biggest economies get worse. As China and Israel prepare to mark the 27th anniversary on Thursday of diplomatic ties, analysts from both countries worry […]