For Hong Kong’s Beijing-Backed Officials, Xi’s All That

The city’s leaders are rushing to embrace Xi Jinping, China’s leader, a performance of devotion that is a jarring shift for Hong Kong’s once rambunctious political culture.

#china, #hong-kong, #lee-john-1957, #politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

For Investors and a Buffer, Alibaba Seeks a Hong Kong Primary Listing

The Chinese e-commerce giant’s application could give it better access to Chinese capital and a safety net against U.S. regulations.

#alibaba-group-holding-ltd, #china, #e-commerce, #hong-kong, #initial-public-offerings, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states

Xi Jinping Tells a Muted Hong Kong That Political Power Is for Patriots

The Chinese leader’s first visit to the former British colony since a sweeping crackdown was a declaration of victory, an assertion of power and a warning to critics.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #great-britain, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

‘Everything in Hong Kong Has Changed’: A Road to Reinvention

In the 25 years since the handover to China, life on Queen’s Road, the first thoroughfare built by the British after they seized the territory, has been transformed.

#china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #elections, #great-britain, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #politics-and-government, #roads-and-traffic

Xi Jinping, China’s Leader, Visits Hong Kong, Cautiously

Before Xi Jinping’s tightly controlled appearance, Hong Kong sent officials, diplomats and others to hotels for days of isolation and Covid tests.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elections, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #xi-jinping

Modern Love Podcast: Left to Be Found

Two women share their adoption stories — one a daughter, and the other a mother.

#adoptions, #babies-and-infants, #hong-kong, #love-emotion, #women-and-girls

Jumbo, Hong Kong’s Floating Restaurant, Sinks After Capsizing

Jumbo Floating Restaurant, which closed in 2020, capsized in the South China Sea after being towed from the city. The sinking triggered nostalgia for a happier period of Hong Kong history.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ho-stanley, #hong-kong, #restaurants, #south-china-sea

Jumbo, Hong Kong’s Floating Restaurant, Sinks After Capsizing

Jumbo Floating Restaurant, which closed in 2020, capsized in the South China Sea after being towed from the city. The sinking triggered nostalgia for a happier period of Hong Kong history.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ho-stanley, #hong-kong, #restaurants, #south-china-sea

On the Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre, Victims Remembered

In Taiwan and elsewhere, people met on Saturday to remember those killed in China in 1989 — and the freedoms lost in Hong Kong, where such vigils are now unthinkable.

#china, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #taipei-taiwan, #tiananmen-square-beijing

In the U.K., Migrants From Hong Kong Build a New Life

More than a year after they first began arriving in Britain under a new visa program, people from Hong Kong are settling into their new home. But they still long for the one they left behind.

#great-britain, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #immigration-and-emigration

Hong Kong Police Arrest Former Bishop in National Security Case

Cardinal Joseph Zen, 90, was among three held for their work with a legal aid group that helped protesters and that officials accuse of colluding with foreign powers.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019

John Lee Wins Hong Kong’s Rubber-Stamp Election

John Lee, who won a rubber-stamp leadership election on Sunday, will implement the next stage of China’s agenda for the former British colony.

#beijing-china, #hong-kong, #lee-john-1957, #politics-and-government

In Hong Kong Election, John Lee Is Running Uncontested

John Lee, a Beijing loyalist who oversaw the crackdown on pro-democracy protests, built his career by deepening his contacts within the mainland security services.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #hong-kong, #lam-carrie-1957, #lee-john-1957, #politics-and-government

In Hong Kong, Cheap Dining Options Are All the Rage

In a city pummeled by political upheaval, economic downturn and the pandemic, bare-bones ‘two dishes and rice’ restaurants have become a go-to destination across all social classes.

#food, #hong-kong, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #social-media

Brownface in Hong Kong TV Show Draws Outrage and Shrugs

The TV show “Barrack O’Karma 1968” fueled debate about whether the practice is ever acceptable. Some viewers were outraged. Others simply shrugged.

#actors-and-actresses, #discrimination, #hong-kong, #philippines, #race-and-ethnicity, #television

Shanghai’s Low Covid Death Toll Revives Questions About China’s Numbers

The country’s largest city has recorded just 17 Covid deaths, despite surging cases. How China defines a Covid death may be part of the reason.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #hong-kong, #hu-xijin, #shanghai-china, #xi-jinping

Star Ferry, ‘Emblem of Hong Kong,’ May Sail Into History After 142 Years

Launched in 1880, the ferry has witnessed both Hong Kong’s transformation into a global financial hub and its history of protests. But battered by a pandemic, the service is struggling to survive.

#boats-and-boating, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #ferries, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019

Book Review: “Supertall,” by Stefan Al

Stefan Al’s “Supertall” is a thoughtful inquiry into the new generation of skyscrapers, which are taller and more ubiquitous than their predecessors.

#al-stefan, #architecture, #billionairesrow-manhattan-ny, #buildings-structures, #hong-kong, #london-england, #new-york-city, #singapore, #supertall-how-the-worlds-tallest-buildings-are-reshaping-our-cities-and-our-lives-book, #urban-areas

CDC study spotlights utter failure of China’s COVID-Zero policy in Hong Kong

Health care workers wearing personal protective equipment transport the body of a deceased patient onto a hearse outside the mortuary at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Hong Kong, China, on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Hong Kong reported more than 55,000 cases on Wednesday, its hospitals are inundated, and the city's morgues are nearly full.

Enlarge / Health care workers wearing personal protective equipment transport the body of a deceased patient onto a hearse outside the mortuary at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Hong Kong, China, on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Hong Kong reported more than 55,000 cases on Wednesday, its hospitals are inundated, and the city’s morgues are nearly full. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg)

For much of the pandemic, China kept the coronavirus at bay. The country adopted an aggressive COVID-Zero plan, rigorously identifying, containing, and tracing cases to prevent the viral spread. It appeared to work remarkably well—until the arrival of the ultratransmissible omicron variant.

The seemingly uncontainable virus is now exploding in China, smashing records daily and laying bare a tragic fault in China’s COVID policies: the country’s most vulnerable—older people—are among the least protected by vaccination. As such, death rates are bound to soar.

This has already played out in Hong Kong, which saw its own towering omicron wave between January and March. In its wake was one of the highest death rates the world has seen amid the pandemic. In a study published Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US CDC partnered with the CDC China for a postmortem on the deadly spike. The analysis highlighted just how fatal a flaw it is to neglect vaccinating older people.

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#covid-19, #elderly, #hong-kong, #infectious-disease, #omicron, #public-health, #science, #vaccination

John Lee, Who Led Crackdown on Hong Kong Protests, May Lead City

John Lee, who spent his career in Hong Kong’s security services, is likely to continue Beijing’s emphasis on political stability above all else.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #china, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #john-lee, #lam-carrie-1957, #politics-and-government

Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s Leader, Will Not Seek Second Term

Mrs. Lam has been criticized by residents and pro-Beijing lawmakers for mixed messaging and mishandling the city’s fifth coronavirus outbreak.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hong-kong, #lam-carrie-1957, #politics-and-government

In Hong Kong, China’s Covid Aid Gets the Cold Shoulder

Disputes about medics, squat toilets and diaper-changing duties underscore longstanding tensions between residents of Hong Kong and the mainland.

#beijing-china, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hong-kong, #hospitals, #lam-carrie-1957, #nursing-and-nurses, #politics-and-government

U.K. Judges Quit Top Hong Kong Court

They had served on the territory’s highest court, part of an arrangement to retain links to the common law world after Hong Kong returned to China.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #china, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #great-britain, #hong-kong, #reed-robert

Shanghai’s Lockdown Tests Covid-Zero Policy, and People’s Limits

A staggered lockdown on China’s commercial capital of 26 million people has sent beleaguered residents scrambling and raised fears of broader damage to the economy.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hong-kong, #hospitals, #quarantines, #shanghai-china

China Eastern Pilots Were Experienced, Adding to Mystery of Crash

Two industry veterans were at the controls of Flight 5735, which took a sudden dive in good weather. At the crash site in southern China, search crews found wing and engine parts on Thursday.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #china, #china-eastern-airlines, #guangxi-china, #hong-kong, #pilots, #ta-kung-pao

Sinovac Booster Gives Elderly Stronger Protection Against Omicron, Study Finds

Given the surge of Omicron cases in Asia, the new research lends urgency to vaccination campaigns in China and Hong Kong.

#biontech-se, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #hong-kong, #pfizer-inc, #research, #sinovac-biotech-ltd, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

In Asia, Coronavirus Rules Fall Away, With a Big Caveat

Daily life in the region was once regulated by a snarl of virus restrictions. That is changing fast — except in mainland China, which is still rolling out lockdowns.

#ardern-jacinda, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #hong-kong, #india, #indonesia, #south-korea, #thailand

The Next Covid Wave Is Probably Already on Its Way

Infections may rise in the United States. How it plays out is up to us.

#coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #elderly, #europe, #hong-kong, #masks, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

High Death Rate in Hong Kong Shows Importance of Vaccinating the Elderly

Covid has surged in a number of Asian countries that had once held the virus at bay. Vaccination levels have largely determined how deadly those waves would be.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #hong-kong, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

Confusion and Chaos in Hong Kong as Leaders Fumble Virus Response

Government officials have been unable to curb an outbreak that has surpassed one million infections, leading Beijing to step up its intervention in the semiautonomous territory.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hong-kong, #lam-carrie-1957, #politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Omicron Created a Perfect Storm in Hong Kong

Low vaccination rates among the elderly have proved deadly. 

#coronavirus-omicron-variant, #hong-kong, #vaccination-and-immunization

This Is Why Autocracies Fail

Over the long term, centralized power is a recipe for stagnation.

#autocracy, #china, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #hong-kong, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Hong Kong’s Covid Crackdown Empties Stores and Sets Off Exodus

A surge in cases has alarmed many residents. But the government’s mixed messaging about whether it will impose a lockdown has also been destabilizing.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #hong-kong, #parknshop, #shortages, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #vaccination-and-immunization

Hong Kong, Buckling Under Covid, Leaves Its Most Vulnerable in the Cold

Poor residents have been forced to choose between infecting their families or sleeping outdoors because of cramped living quarters and a lack of isolation facilities.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hong-kong, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #quarantines

Nils van der Poel Gives Away His Medal to Protest Beijing’s Abuses

In a rare rebuke of Beijing, Nils van der Poel, a speedskater, handed one of his gold medals to the daughter of Gui Minhai, a book publisher imprisoned in China.

#cambridge-england, #china, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #gui-minhai, #hong-kong, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2022, #sweden, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #van-der-poel-nils-1996

‘I Don’t Dare Get the Shot’: Virus Ravages Unvaccinated Older Hong Kongers

Covid has surged through nursing homes in Hong Kong, but older residents are still among the city’s least vaccinated and the most skeptical.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #elderly, #hong-kong, #nursing-homes, #rumors-and-misinformation, #vaccination-and-immunization

Omicron Reveals Hong Kong’s Covid Dilemma

An Omicron surge has exposed the weaknesses of a system that was once a world leader in containing the coronavirus.

#china, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #hong-kong

Justice Dept. Seizes $3.6 Billion in Bitcoin and Arrests Married Couple

The couple were accused of conspiring to launder Bitcoin that had been stolen in 2016 from Hong Kong-based Bitfinex, one of the world’s largest virtual currency exchanges.

#bitcoin-currency, #bitfinex, #currency, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #hong-kong, #justice-department, #monaco-lisa-o, #money-laundering, #robberies-and-thefts, #virtual-currency

The Ending of ‘Fight Club’ Was Censored in China

The 1999 cult classic starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton is not the only foreign film to be altered for audiences in mainland China.

#censorship, #china, #fight-club-movie, #hong-kong, #movies, #tencent-holdings-ltd

Zero-Covid Policy Shakes Hong Kong’s Economy and Its ‘Soul’

Businesses that held on through several outbreaks are now trembling as the highflying metropolitan hub struggles with supply chain issues and a relentless approach to the pandemic.

#beer, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #hong-kong, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #restaurants, #small-business, #supply-chain

Hong Kong Will Cull Thousands of Hamsters After Covid Cases

Officials said it was not clear that the virus had been transmitted to humans from the animals. But they called on residents to surrender recently imported hamsters.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hamsters, #hong-kong

Officials’ Party Galls Hong Kong, Chafing Under Covid (and Political) Controls

Just as new restrictions were being imposed, top politicians were found to have attended a large gathering where at least one person had Covid.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #hong-kong, #lam-carrie-1957

How Beijing Has Muted Hong Kong’s Independent Media

Citizen News, a small but aggressive online publication, is the latest outlet to fold amid relentless pressure from the authorities.

#china, #freedom-of-the-press, #hong-kong, #news-and-news-media, #shutdowns-institutional

Hong Kong Police Raid Stand News and Arrest Staff

Six current or former senior staff members of Stand News were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to publish seditious material. More than 200 officers raided the news site’s headquarters.

#freedom-of-the-press, #hong-kong, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #search-and-seizure, #shutdowns-institutional, #the-stand-news, #treason-and-sedition

Hong Hong Police Raid Stand News and Arrest Staff

Six current or former senior staff members of Stand News were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to publish seditious material. More than 200 officers raided the news site’s headquarters.

#freedom-of-the-press, #hong-kong, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #search-and-seizure, #shutdowns-institutional, #the-stand-news, #treason-and-sedition

Hong Kong Removes ‘Pillar of Shame’ Statue Amid Crackdown

The decision to take down the “Pillar of Shame,” an enduring symbol of the territory’s pro-democracy movement, was another sign of Beijing’s crackdown.

#freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-alliance-in-support-of-patriotic-democratic-movements-of-china, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #tiananmen-square-beijing, #university-of-hong-kong

Carlos Tejada, Deputy Asia Editor for The New York Times, Dies at 49

He was an editor in Asia for 13 years, including with The Wall Street Journal. One colleague said he had embodied the phrase, “Edit ferociously and with joy.”

#china, #deaths-obituaries, #hong-kong, #new-york-times, #newspapers, #pulitzer-prizes, #seoul-south-korea, #tejada-carlos-1972-2021, #wall-street-journal

Hong Kong’s Election Is Really a Selection

I know firsthand what a meaningful and contested campaign looks like.

#beijing-china, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections, #hong-kong

Can a ‘Very Confident’ Carrie Lam Salvage Her Legacy in Hong Kong?

Mrs. Lam is Hong Kong’s most unpopular leader ever, blamed for mass protests and a political crackdown. Yet she now appears reinvigorated, perhaps even ready for a second term.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #hong-kong, #lam-carrie-1957, #politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

How Hong Kong’s ‘Patriots Only’ Elections Bolster Beijing’s Grip

China’s crackdown has driven most of the city’s popular pro-democracy candidates either into police custody or exile. Officials are urging the public to vote, but turnout is expected to be low.

#beijing-china, #democratic-party-hong-kong, #elections, #hong-kong, #lam-carrie-1957, #politics-and-government