Hong Kong bakery finds success with anti-extradition mooncakes and cookies – but police supporters bite back

A Hong Kong bakery has won over the protest crowd with mooncakes and cookies inscribed with anti-extradition slogans, but the politicised baked goods have given rise to boycott calls – and worse – from police supporters.Wah Yee Tang Bakery in Sheung Wan began making the mooncakes on Monday. The shop’s owner, who wished to be […]

US Afghan peace envoy visits China as push to bring war to an end gains momentum

The US peace envoy to Afghanistan is visiting Beijing, a US embassy spokesman said on Thursday, as indications grew of a new momentum in efforts to end Afghanistan’s 18-year war and push by China to boost its influence in the region.The spokesman gave no further details about the previously scheduled visit by Zalmay Khalilzad, but […]

Chinese police race to solve mystery of missing girl, last seen with now-dead family tenants

Police in eastern China are searching for a missing nine-year-old girl who was last seen in the company of two adults who, just hours later, were found dead.A cash reward of 20,000 yuan (US$3,000) is on offer as part of an urgent appeal for information about the whereabouts of Zhang Zixin, who disappeared on Sunday […]

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen heads to US, warning of threat from ‘overseas forces’

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen left for a trip to the United States and the Caribbean on Thursday, warning that democracy must be defended and Taiwan faced threats from “overseas forces”, in a veiled reference to mainland China.Beijing, which claims the self-ruled and democratic Taiwan as its own and views the island as a wayward province, […]

European Union will have Huawei risk measures in place ‘by end of the year’

European Union countries will agree on collective measures to deal with potential spying risks from equipment made by Huawei by the end of the year, the head of an EU advisory body has said.Luca Jahier, the president of the European Economic and Social Committee, which represents the views of workers’ and employers’ organisations, said that […]

Chinese censorship is stifling country’s film industry

Tougher censorship by the Chinese government has blocked potential hits and forced filmmakers to stick with safe formulas that are not winning audiences, while a tax evasion crackdown has made some investors reluctant to back films, crimping output even further.In the year after Chinese President Xi Jinping put the Communist Party’s propaganda office in charge […]

Chinese tourist-led cruise ship boom sails into troubled environmental waters

Green groups are warning of looming environmental devastation in the wake of a boom in cruise ship holidays, fuelled in part by hordes of Chinese tourists taking to the high seas.The rapidly growing Chinese cruise market is now the second largest in the world after the US, and many of the new, modern liners are […]

Two retired policemen among three people arrested over clashes sparked by ‘Lennon Walls’, Hong Kong’s latest show of defiance against hated extradition bill

Two former police officers, along with another man, have been arrested in Hong Kong over assaults on extradition bill protesters at “Lennon Walls” in separate clashes just hours apart.The Post has learned that two retired policemen, aged 56 and 57, were arrested for assault during a confrontation with demonstrators at the “Lennon Wall” at Yau […]

Making the big leap from school to university – what could possibly go wrong?

Many parents who attended university recall an application process that, in retrospect, seemed to take care of itself. Surely this will be the same for their children? Alas, it was a simpler world then, with fewer choices and competing applicants per place. While I do warn parents about agencies that seek to ramp up their […]

Budweiser’s mega IPO falls flat with Hong Kong investors as high borrowing costs take the fizz out of demand

For many people there is nothing worse than a flat beer. Demand in Hong Kong for the biggest IPO of the year so far was anything but sparkling as Budweiser Brewing Company APAC’s shares proved they were not to everyone’s taste.The retail offering, which ran from Monday until noon on Thursday, is probably about 3.7 […]

A farmer with six ‘wives’, a mix-up of dead bodies and Hong Kong preparing for a space station crash

An Italian man with six “wives” being taken to court and Hong Kong preparing for a potential crash landing of a US space station made the headlines four decades ago this week.July 8, 1979● A special gold coin would be minted by two American companies, with sales proceeds donated to Vietnamese refugees in Hong Kong […]

China’s former defence minister Chang Wanquan ‘given military demotion over corruption’

A Chinese former defence minister and state councillor was demoted for his involvement in the corruption that brought down two disgraced vice-chairmen of the powerful Central Military Commission (CMC), military sources have said.General Chang Wanquan, 70, who was also a member of the CMC from 2007 until his retirement in March 2018, was demoted two […]

Chinese student applications to UK universities up by 30 per cent, as Manchester plays major host

Applications from Chinese students to study at UK universities have gone up 30 per cent since last year, with numbers exceeding those from Northern Ireland for the first time, according to official statistics.The UCAS university admissions agency revealed on Thursday it had received almost 20,000 undergraduate applications from students in China this year (19,760, up […]

Pay rise for Hong Kong’s 173,000 civil servants to be delayed for months due to protesters’ damage to Legislative Council complex

The annual pay rise of Hong Kong’s nearly 173,000 civil servants cannot happen for months because of the damage to the legislature caused by recent extradition protests, senior union leaders said on Wednesday.Li Kwai-yin, president of the Hong Kong Chinese Civil Servants’ Association, and Steven Wong Hung-lok, chairman of the Senior Government Officers Association, said […]

In the spotlight for once, the Executive Council – the de facto cabinet of Hong Kong’s chief executive – is taking flak for its advising of Carrie Lam in the extradition bill crisis

More used to discussing government business in closed-door sessions, members of Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s quasi-cabinet have been in the media spotlight recently over their roles as Lam’s top advisers in the political debacle triggered by the government’s handling of the fugitive bill, which Lam has conceded was a “total failure”.As calls […]

Father of Chinese scholar Zhang Yingying’s killer Brendt Christensen testifies in bid to save son from death penalty

Convicted killer Brendt Christensen’s father took the stand in Illinois on Wednesday in an effort to save his son’s life, testifying about his son’s childhood night terrors and his love of animals, as well as about his mother’s alcoholism.“I’m his parent, I have to be here,” Michael Christensen said. “I love him, nothing’s going to […]

Chinese language barrier for Hong Kong’s ethnic minority students in Diploma of Secondary Education

Eighteen-year-old Bisma Naz saw her hard work pay off on Wednesday when the results of her university entrance exams exceeded her expectations.The Pakistani-born and locally raised teenager was surprised to rack up 24 points in this year’s Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education examinations (DSE).Naz was among the 55,000 full and part-time candidates who took […]

Viral Facebook video of maggot-infested cherries posted in Canada hits sales of fruit in Hong Kong markets

The summer fruit season has returned to Hong Kong with cheaper but fewer cherries from the United States for a disturbing reason.The US – primarily the northwest region, which is the biggest supplier of cherries in the city – saw farmers complaining about soured consumer confidence in the juicy produce after a viral video on […]

An ode to Hong Kong’s extradition bill protesters, penned by Vietnamese-American dissidents

When Vietnamese-American musician and television producer Trúc Ho came to Hong Kong to join the “umbrella movement” in 2014, a melody came to him, along with the words “freedom, democracy, is all that we need”.These beginnings of a tune would not gestate into a fully fledged song until June 16 this year, however, when the […]

US officials outline urgency of outpacing China in 5G telecoms technology, and how to do it

America’s free-enterprise structure will prevail over China, where consumers are held “hostage”, in the race for global dominance of 5G telecommunications technology.That was the message from Washington on Wednesday, delivered by US defence and commerce officials at an annual conference on export controls organised by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). They […]

Clashes break out over extradition bill at ‘Lennon Wall’ near Hong Kong MTR station between protesters and supporters of Carrie Lam

Chaos broke out at a “Lennon Wall” on Wednesday night as government backers tried to remove sticky messages posted in support of the anti-extradition bill movement.The row erupted by a wall plastered with colourful notes of protest near Yau Tong MTR station in Kwun Tong district, with at least three men arrested and one person […]

Could Huawei be using Trojan circuits to help Beijing spy on the US?

Speaking on CNBC recently, US Senator John Barrasso was adamant that Huawei, the leading Chinese telecommunications equipment maker, represented a clear threat to the United States.“Huawei is a true threat. It could be a Trojan horse,” the third-ranking member in the Senate Republican leadership said.Barrasso is one of the many American politicians who have called […]

Chinese tycoon Wang Zhenhua formally charged with child sexual abuse

Prosecutors in Shanghai on Wednesday formally approved the arrest of Chinese tycoon Wang Zhenhua who was detained last week on suspicion of child sexual abuse, state media reported.“Based on a police investigation, confessions from the suspects, statements from victims and testimony from witnesses, Wang and Zhou are suspected of committing crimes of sexual molestation against […]

University of Hong Kong president vows to condemn all violence at extradition bill protests after students accuse him of ‘singling out’ demonstrators who stormed Legislative Council

The head of Hong Kong’s oldest university issued a clarification on Wednesday condemning all violence after a student petition demanded he retract a controversial statement they said singled out protesters.Amid the threat of campus demonstrations on Friday and Saturday, the University of Hong Kong President Professor Zhang Xiang said he would condemn proven acts of […]

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam launches public consultation for policy address. Critics accuse her of sidestepping extradition bill crisis while allies ask for sweeteners

Hong Kong’s beleaguered leader has pledged to listen “humbly” as she launched a public consultation exercise for her annual policy address on Wednesday, but critics accused her of sidestepping the current governance crisis over the suspended extradition bill.Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s pro-establishment allies, many of whom had previously expressed disappointment over the government’s […]

China will not turn to global financial crisis stimulus playbook to offset US trade war, says Beijing adviser

China will not introduce another “giant stimulus programme” similar to the one seen during the 2008 global financial crisis to offset the ongoing trade war with the United States and its weakening economy, according to a leading Chinese government researcher.Liu Shangxi, head of the Chinese Academy of Fiscal Sciences, an important think tank under the […]

US must stop treating China as an enemy, says son of former president George HW Bush

The US should adopt a “honest, direct and targeted” approach in engaging China and not to treat the country as an enemy, according to Neil Bush, son of former president George HW Bush.Speaking in Hong Kong on Wednesday at a forum organised by Tung Chee-hwa, former chief executive of Hong Kong, Bush said that demonising […]

Is Vanuatu’s deportation of six Chinese nationals an erosion of its democratic rights at Beijing’s bidding?

The Chinese police officers touched down at Vanuatu’s main gateway, Bauerfield International Airport in the capital Port Vila, on a Wednesday afternoon. A little over a week later, on July 6, the law enforcement officers, dressed in plain clothes and accompanied by Vanuatu police, marched a half-dozen Chinese nationals onto a chartered jet bound for […]

Xinjiang camps: UN ambassadors urge China to end detention of Uygurs in open letter

Nearly two dozen countries have called on China to halt its mass detention of ethnic Uygurs in Xinjiang, the first such joint move on the issue at the UN Human Rights Council, according to diplomats and a letter seen by Reuters.UN experts and activists say at least 1 million Uygurs and other Muslims are being […]

Hong Kong students overcome mental and physical challenges to emerge winners in Diploma of Secondary Education exam

The release of the Diploma of Secondary Education (DSE) examination results made Wednesday a day of celebrations for many students of Hong Kong who overcame various challenges to achieve personal feats.Despite suffering from severe low vision, Hong Kong Taoist Association Tang Hin Memorial Secondary School’s graduate Tse Sze-man, 18, managed to get the top grades […]

Pocari Sweat among big brand advertisers ditching Hong Kong broadcaster TVB over claims its extradition bill protest coverage was biased

Hong Kong’s largest television station has been losing advertisers after online calls to boycott the broadcaster after it was accused of pro-Beijing bias in recent coverage of the city’s extradition bill protests.Leaked messages on Wednesday showed global brands such as Pocari Sweat, the Japanese sports drink, and Pizza Hut, the US restaurant giant, had either […]

Superstar student from St Paul’s Co-educational College, who took year out to defeat leukaemia, scores 5** clean sweep in Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education exams

Anson Kam Chun-kei was diagnosed with leukaemia when he was in Primary Four, forcing him to take a year off school for treatment.Fast forward about 10 years, not only had the 19-year-old overcome cancer, he became one of six super achievers in the Diploma of Secondary Education (DSE) exams, which are the main route into […]

Farm products cast a cloud over next US-China trade talks

China and the US have yet to reach a consensus on Chinese imports of US farm goods, casting a cloud over the upcoming face-to-face talks between the two sides’ top negotiators.The first direct contact between the two sides’ leading trade negotiators since the meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping […]

Chinese woman caught on camera faking road accident in bid to win compensation

A woman from southeast China who staged being knocked off her bicycle by a truck in an attempt to cheat the driver into paying her compensation might have got away with it had the scam not been caught on surveillance camera.Footage of the incident, which happened on July 4 in Wuhu, Anhui province, shows the […]

Subsidy cuts could sound the death knell for China’s cheap electric carmakers as entry-level vehicles face huge price rises, says Xpeng chief

Drastic cuts to government subsidies that have propped up China’s electric carmakers could create an existential crisis for those at the budget end of the scale.Manufacturers who have been selling their vehicles for 60,000 yuan (US$8,715) or less will be forced to drastically raise their prices to cope with the withdrawal of financial support, according […]

Most MTR Corp employees in Hong Kong set to get pay rise of at least 4.2 per cent

Hong Kong’s embattled MTR Corporation on Wednesday revealed that most of its staff would get a pay rise of at least 4.2 per cent and a 1.3-month annual bonus this year.The corporation’s offer, which followed a pay review for about 17,600 staff in Hong Kong, was the highest in three years. There were increases of […]

Top scorers in Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education examination voice opposition to government’s extradition bill

A group of top scorers in this year’s university entrance exam have voiced opposition to Hong Kong’s divisive extradition bill and called on city leaders to listen to the public if they want to resolve the recent social crisis.Seven of the highest-scoring students from four leading secondary schools – La Salle College, Diocesan Girls’ School, […]

Chinese activist, critic of Communist Party Zhang Baocheng arrested for ‘promoting terrorism’

A Chinese anti-corruption activist who urged officials to disclose their wealth has been arrested for allegedly “promoting terrorism”, as Beijing clamps down on critics of the ruling Communist Party.Zhang Baocheng, 60, was a member of the now-defunct New Citizens Movement, which campaigned for democracy and government transparency.It is unusual in China for members of civil […]

Chinese police detain man who made online threats to rape and torture teenager

A woman in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong has hit out at police after a man who admitted making online threats to rape and torture her daughter was detained for 10 days.Officers in Shenzhen held a 27-year-old man surnamed Huang for questioning on Tuesday after a woman named Jia complained that accounts belonging to […]

Police hunt suspected poisoner after four dogs die and three fall ill at Hong Kong village house

Four of seven dogs suspected to have been poisoned died at a village house in the Hong Kong border area of Ta Kwu Ling on Wednesday, sparking a criminal investigation.The three surviving dogs were taken to the headquarters of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Wan Chai, where they were […]

Foreign teachers, students held in China on drugs charges

A total of 16 foreign teachers and students are among 19 people detained in China’s eastern province of Jiangsu in an anti-narcotics crackdown, according to police.A statement by the Xuzhou public security bureau’s Quanshan branch on Wednesday morning did not elaborate on the nationalities of the foreigners, or what drugs were involved, but the teachers […]

Trade war tariffs are new normal and may be difficult to remove, says former US ambassador to China

A former US ambassador to China has said the tariff war had become the “new normal” in the countries’ relationship despite the resumption of trade talks.Max Baucus, the top US envoy in Beijing from 2014 to 2017, said on the sidelines of a US-China trade relations event in Hong Kong that it would be difficult […]

Young people not a problem and most have protested in peaceful and reasonable manner, says Hong Kong education minister

Hong Kong’s education minister says the city’s young people are not a problem and that most of them peacefully expressed their concern about society in recent protests.Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung on Wednesday also pledged to help the government to communicate better with students, so that officials can understand and consider young people’s needs […]

‘Lennon Walls’ loaded with protest messages spring up across Hong Kong as police in Tai Po jump into action to remove posts featuring personal information of officer targeted after clashes

About 100 police officers armed with riot gear and shields removed several messages from a “Lennon Wall” in Tai Po on Wednesday, one of the biggest message boards to have sprang up across Hong Kong as the iconic collages of protest returned to the city in recent days.A display of colourful Post-it notes was a […]

China’s government mulls special stake in wallstreetcn.com as it looks to control the flow of information on trade, economics

The Chinese government is trying to extend its oversight of sensitive subject matter to trade, economics and business – in addition to politics, religion and race – by muscling in on the ownership of private media organisations.The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), which regulates the country’s internet, smartphone applications and websites, is working on a […]

Hong Kong extradition protesters made five demands of Carrie Lam. Believe it or not, they have been heard

At the height of Occupy Central, we all thought Hong Kong could not be more divisive or politically charged than at that time. How wrong we were. Professor Albert Chen Hung-yee described the wrath of the people opposing the proposed amendment bill of the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance as a “perfect storm” (courtesy of a Hollywood […]

Top performers with massive haul of 5**s in Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education hail from nine city schools

Twelve of the highest performers in Hong Kong’s main university entrance exams have been revealed to come from nine traditional elite schools, with La Salle College, which provided three of the top scorers, being the biggest winner.The 12 students, who found out their Diploma of Secondary Education (DSE) examination results this morning, along with more […]

Why workers can’t rely on Hong Kong’s mandatory pension scheme to provide sufficient nest egg for retirement

One morning in May, cleaning worker Lau Chung dragged herself to the head office of Hong Kong’s Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) Schemes Authority in Kwai Chung.Turning 65, the age that allows her to withdraw all her MPF cash, she wanted to find out how many pension accounts she had, and how much in savings, after […]

Hong Kong Science Park on track to attract top-notch research institutes as part of tech push, CEO says

The Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corp is on track to achieve its goal of attracting the first batch of research institutes to the city in health care, artificial intelligence and robotics, as part of a broader push by the city to build itself into a hub for innovation and technology, according to chief […]