Author: BakChiZai

Beijing’s governing formula may be the same but Hong Kong can never be like Macau

It’s perfect timing for Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s duty visit to Beijing, just days ahead of Macau’s 20th handover anniversary and just as China and the US finally struck a much-anticipated, though only partial, phase-one trade deal.This is significant because Hong Kong’s future ­– and Lam’s as well, in a sense – is…

Hong Kong protests: restaurants spray-painted and diners harassed in ‘Christmas shopping’ action in leading malls

Trouble returned to Hong Kong on Sunday as anti-government demonstrators staged citywide “Christmas shopping” protests in major malls, leading to the vandalism of outlets, scuffles with those who did not support their cause and a handful of arrests.Some restaurants were spray-painted and diners harassed. In one incident a woman had paint sprayed on her face…

Do military leaders hold the keys to peace for China and the US?

“War is nothing but a duel on an extensive scale … nothing more than the continuation of politics by other means,” the early-19th century Prussian general and military theorist Carl von Clausewitz once observed.“For political aims are the end and war is the means, and the means can never be conceived without the end.” The…

Power failure at Cross-Harbour Tunnel in Hong Kong triggers traffic congestion

A power blackout of the Cross-Harbour Tunnel’s auto toll system led to long queues for motorists at the Hong Kong crossing on Sunday.The shutdown, which lasted at least two hours, was caused by an electricity supply failure, the Transport Department said shortly after 1pm.The source of the electricity problem at the tunnel, which connects Hung…

Chinese airlines drop foreign pilots in wake of Boeing 737 MAX tragedies

Chinese airlines have largely stopped hiring foreign pilots for Boeing’s 737 MAX, nine months after two crashes led to the grounding of the bestselling model, according to recruitment agencies.Carriers in China’s booming aviation market had been among the most enthusiastic buyers of the plane, accounting for 20 per cent of a global fleet that now…

Chinese airlines drop foreign pilots in wake of Boeing 737 MAX tragedies

Chinese airlines have largely stopped hiring foreign pilots for Boeing’s 737 MAX, nine months after two crashes led to the grounding of the bestselling model, according to recruitment agencies.Carriers in China’s booming aviation market had been among the most enthusiastic buyers of the plane, accounting for 20 per cent of a global fleet that now…

Flood at Chinese coal mine kills four, leaves 14 trapped

Four people were killed and 14 remain trapped after a coal mine in southwest China flooded on Saturday afternoon, state media reported on Sunday.The incident happened at about 3.30pm local time at a mine in the city of Yibin, Sichuan province, when 347 people were working underground, broadcaster China Central Television said.As of Sunday morning,…