Chan: SAR govt working to drop cross-border health declaration

The first batch of visitors arrives at Huanggang port after leaving Hong Kong in Shenzhen on Feb 6, 2023. (PARKER ZHENG / CHINA DAILY) HONG KONG – The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government will discuss with Chinese mainland authorities the possible scrapping of the requirement for northbound travelers to report their health status at Hong Kong checkpoints, Acting Chief Executive Eric Chan Kwok-ki said …

Seeing Indonesia’s sports tourism development through Lake Toba F1 Powerboat Championship

Lake Toba, N. Sumatra, Indonesia, Feb 3, 2023 – (ACN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – In developing its sports tourism potential, Indonesia holds many championships or sports events, and one of the closest is the F1 Powerboat (F1H2O) World Championship in Lake Toba, North Sumatra, on February 24-26. Lake Toba, one of the most spacious lakes in the world, offers a great destination for athletes to …

Experts: HK’s rate hike won’t affect city’s financial stability

This Sept 8, 2017 photo shows The Centre skyscraper, center, located in Hong Kong’s bustling Central district. (ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP) Hong Kong’s base rate hike on Thursday following the US Federal Reserve’s move will not affect the city’s monetary and financial stability, but the effect on the housing market needs to be watched, officials and experts said. The Hong Kong Monetary Authority on Thursday …

HK gears up to attract more visitors

Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu speaks at a Tuesday media briefing. (ANDY CHONG / CHINA DAILY) Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu said on Tuesday that he is confident of a full boundary reopening with the Chinese mainland “very soon”, as the city gears up to make a comeback by launching a major global publicity campaign. Speaking before an Executive Council meeting, …

HKSAR to dial down expansionary fiscal policy

Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po speaks at the Lunar New Year Market Open Celebration Ceremony, Jan 26, 2023. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT) The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government will dial down its expansionary fiscal policy this year ahead of the city’s projected economic recovery, says Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po. Writing in his Sunday blog, he said the city’s fiscal policies will shift from …

HKSAR govt opposes US consul general’s remarks on NSL

This March 12, 2021 photo shows the Central Government Offices and the Legislative Council complex in Tamar, Hong Kong. (LI GANG / XINHUA) HONG KONG – The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government strongly condemned on Thursday the untruthful remarks  by the Consul General of the United States of America to Hong Kong Gregory May at a recent forum held by a US think tank, …

Commissioner’s office deplores US consul general’s meddling

This Nov 17, 2016 photo shows the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in Central, Hong Kong. (PARKER ZHENG / CHINA DAILY) HONG KONG – The Commissioner’s Office of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region strongly disapproved and deplored on Thursday the rhetoric …

HK tweaks some mask-wearing requirements

Pedestrians cross the road in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong on December 29, 2022. (EDMOND TANG / CHINA DAILY) HONG KONG – The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government anounced on Friday that it decided to fine-tune some mask-wearing requirements effective Jan 26. In a statement on Friday night, the government said persons will no longer have to wear masks when delivering a speech during a …

HK to scrap isolation for people with COVID-19 from Jan 30

Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu waves to journalists after a question-and-answer session at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Jan 19, 2023. (ANDY CHONG / CHINA DAILY) HONG KONG –The isolation order for those who test positive for COVID-19 will be withdrawn from Jan 30, Hong Kong's Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu said on Thursday. Also from Jan 30, those testing positive for …

EDB to assist cross-border students with onsite class

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government wants to free up about 20,000 cross-boundary students and their companions from the daily quota restrictions for cross-border travel when they return to Hong Kong for face-to-face classes on Feb 1, Secretary for Education Christine Choi Yuk-lin said on Wednesday. All secondary schools in Hong Kong will resume full-day face-to-face classes on Feb 1.  From Wednesday to Saturday, …

Virus: HK caseload falls further to 3,793 as 56 more die

This picture taken on Dec 23, 2022 shows people waiting in the arrivals hall of Hong Kong International Airport. (ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP) HONG KONG – Hong Kong recorded 3,793 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday as 56 more patients passed away, health authorities said. In a statement, the Centre for Health Protection said the new cases comprised 3,684 local infections and 109 imported cases. There …

HK’s finance chief hails city’s global advantages at Davos

Hong Kong's Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po (second right) delivers a speech at the Davos-Caixin CEO Luncheon on "Unleashing the Full Potential of Asia: Scenarios and Opportunities" during the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting at Davos, Switzerland, Jan 17, 2023. (PHOTO / INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, HKSAR) HONG KONG – With the advantages of "one country, two systems" and the firm support of the country, Hong …

CE: HK aiming to lift all COVID-19 curbs this year

People wearing facemasks look at decorations for sale in Hong Kong on Jan 12, 2023 ahead of the Lunar New Year. (ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP) Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu said he is hopeful that all anti-pandemic measures, including the mask mandate, will be lifted this year to meet the public's expectations of a full return to normal daily life. In a Tuesday article published …

Finance chief: World willing to beef up investment in HK

Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po speaks at the Asian Financial Forum keynote luncheon at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on Jan 11, 2023. (PHOTO / INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, HKSAR GOVT) International businesses are actively considering scaling up investments and operations in Hong Kong as the Asian Financial Forum held last week boosted their confidence in the city, Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po said …

COVID: 50 more die as HK caseload further drops to 4,653

A poster reminding people not to gather is seen in Hong Kong, south China, April 12, 2020. (LI GANG / XINHUA) HONG KONG – Hong Kong recorded 4,653 new COVID infections on Monday, as 50 more COVID patients passed away, the city’s health authorities reported. The new cases included 4,529 local infections and 124 imported ones. The city added 6,261 daily coronavirus infections on Sunday, …

Zheng: Hong Kong to prosper from nation’s rejuvenation

Zheng Yanxiong, the new director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, speaks to reporters before assuming office. Outside the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong SAR on Jan 16, 2023. (PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY) Newly appointed liaison office head Zheng Yanxiong spelled out in his New Year speech on …

MTR report: Metallic barrier blamed for Yau Ma Tei incident

Hong Kong's Secretary for Transport and Logistics Lam Sai-hung (first left), accompanied by officials of the MTR Corporation, visits the Yau Ma Tei MTR station after a train derailment there on Nov 13, 2022. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT) HONG KONG – A detailed investigation into a Nov 13 train derailment indicated a metallic barrier leaned over to the track, tearing off two sets of train …

HK seen to play a key role in country’s philanthropy

Ma Weihua, chairman of the board of China Global Philanthropy Institute, speaks via a video link at a panel discussion at Asian Financial Forum on Jan 12, 2023, with a panel of experts including (from left) DJ Clark, moderator and multimedia director of China Daily Asia Pacific; Daniel Chan Ching-yan, chairman of Po Leung Kuk; David Fong Man-hung, managing director of Hip Shing Hong (Holdings); …

HK: No more free COVID jabs for non-residents

People queue up to receive China's COVID-19 vaccines in south China's Hong Kong, Feb. 23, 2021. (LO PING FAI / XINHUA) HONG KONG – The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government said on Thursday that it will stop offering COVID vaccines to non-local residents here for a short-term visit from Jan 16. These visitors may get vaccinated at their own expense through private health institutes providing such …