Month: November 2019

Support for Hong Kong protests in China has consequences for some mainlanders

Feminist activist and freelance journalist Sophia Huang Xueqin – who was detained last month in southern China – has been put under residential surveillance, apparently for supporting anti-government protesters in Hong Kong.The outspoken activist was first taken into police custody in mid-October but has since been moved to an unknown location and denied access to…

Investors ‘cautious’ about Hong Kong markets in 2020 as questions remain over how protests, trade war will be resolved

Investors are keeping a “cautious” eye on Hong Kong’s financial markets heading into 2020 as the city’s economy takes a battering from the US-China trade war and months of civil unrest.Benjamin Jones, senior multi-asset strategist at State Street in London, said stocks listed in the city are probably “destined for some volatility” in the coming…

Hong Kong Museum of Art to reopen to public on Saturday after four years of expansion and renovations

After more than four years of expansion work and renovations, the Hong Kong Museum of Art on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront reopens to the public on Saturday, with 11 new exhibitions and collections comprising more than 17,000 items in total.The museum closed in August 2015 for work to increase exhibition space and upgrade facilities.The…

Three wounded in Black Friday stabbing at The Hague’s busy shopping district

Police in the Netherlands were hunting an assailant who stabbed three minors in The Hague’s main shopping street as people looked for bargains on Black Friday.The male attacker ran off after the incident at a department store in the city centre that caused scenes of panic among the crowds of shoppers. Authorities were carrying out…

Chinese reporter Kong Linlin guilty of slapping UK activist during debate over Hong Kong

A journalist with Chinese state broadcaster CCTV was on Friday convicted of slapping an activist with Britain’s governing Conservative Party during a debate over Hong Kong.Kong Linlin, 49, was given a suspended sentence for assaulting Enoch Lieu at a fringe meeting at the Conservatives’ annual conference in Birmingham, central England, in September 2018. She shouted at…

US weighing further restrictions on Huawei suppliers

The US government may expand its power to stop more foreign shipments of products with US technology to China’s Huawei, amid frustration that the company’s blacklisting has failed to cut off supplies to the world’s largest telecoms equipment maker, two sources said.The US Commerce Department in May placed Huawei Technologies on a trade blacklist, citing…

US weighing further restrictions on Huawei suppliers

The US government may expand its power to stop more foreign shipments of products with US technology to China’s Huawei, amid frustration that the company’s blacklisting has failed to cut off supplies to the world’s largest telecoms equipment maker, two sources said.The US Commerce Department in May placed Huawei Technologies on a trade blacklist, citing…

Boris Johnson slammed single mothers and ‘feckless’ working-class men in 1995 article

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday dismissed criticism of an old article he wrote condemning single mothers and “feckless” working-class men, saying the quotes were taken out of context.In a newly unearthed article from 1995, when he was a journalist, Johnson described working-class men as “likely to be drunk, criminal, aimless, feckless and hopeless”.The…

Bring on Huawei and Xiaomi: Singapore loves Chinese tech products, survey finds

When Arren Ng moved into his three-bedroom flat in Singapore last November, he bought a robot vacuum cleaner, home security camera, and weighing scale from Chinese tech giant Xiaomi.He had considered alternatives from other international brands such as Dyson, Philips and Panasonic, but their high prices were a deal-breaker for him.“The other brands were roughly…

Operator of Hong Kong’s first outlet shopping centre near Shenzhen wants to quit amid losses as anti-China sentiment results in poor business

The struggling operator of Hong Kong’s first outlet shopping centre near the Shenzhen border wants to quit its business after losing an investment of more than HK$180 million in 18 months.A sharp fall in Chinese tourist arrivals caused by the ongoing social unrest also served as “the straw that broke the camel’s back”, according to…