Editor's note: On Thursday, US President Donald Trump signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act 2019 into law to back Hong Kong protesters. China has vehemently opposed the move, saying it is a "naked act of hegemony." What could be the motivation behind the US' move, and what are the implications as the act becomes law? Hong Kong Barrister Lawrence Ma shares his views with CGTN. The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy act has given the US president power to blacklist people who assist in extraditing or rendering fugitives in Hong Kong to the Chinese mainland. But the reality is that Hong Kong cannot legally render fugitives to the Chinese mainland because the fugitive bill has not been passed and it will never be passed. It has been withdrawn by the government. So it's not going to happen legally – any extraditions from Hong Kong to China. Therefore, the possibility of any person getting listed on the president's blacklist is very remote and fanciful. The chance of … [Read more...] about US doesn’t have Hong Kong’s interest in mind
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In Everyone Hit the Traitors, players can assault pro-democracy protesters and grotesque caricatures of known activists with weapons like bats and shoes by repeatedly tapping on them. The free game opens with Chinese text indicating that “Hong Kong is part of China, and this can’t be meddled with by outside powers”, the South China Morning Post reported. The title screen for Everyone Hit The Traitors. Picture: dalaoshu.netSource:Supplied Everyone Hit the Traitors also shows comic-style cartoons of Western influencers rewarding protesters with cash for killing cops or committing suicide, Vice News reported. The game does not feature credits – so the game’s origins are unclear – and nothing directly connects it to the ruling Chinese Communist Party, Vice reported. China’s state-owned news organisation Global Times published a glowing news story about the game, claiming it has been popular on social media, the Morning Post reported. Gamers … [Read more...] about Chinese game Everyone Hit The Traitors lets players attack Hong Kong protesters
Hong Kong’s strategic viability, world-renowned operational efficiency and preeminence as an international trade and investment hub now confront two grave threats which should be stopped and disentangled. These are the insidious malaise of toxic politics evidenced by chaotic, often violent, protest rallies and the overt meddling by United States politicians in the city’s domestic affairs such as with the hypocritical, pompous and anomalous Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. The economy and social fabric of Hong Kong will suffer calamitous damage, if unabated toxic politics, destructive anarchy and nefarious foreign political interference are allowed to continue. This protracted civil unrest reminds me of the “cultural revolution” (1967-77) rallies that convulsed China, the 2013-14 political unrest which plagued Thailand, and the 1980s anti-government rallies which wrecked the Philippine economy. The leaders and people of Hong Kong must resolutely, swiftly … [Read more...] about Stop toxic politics before it is too late
In August, M+ museum hosted an event to look back on the works presented by Hong Kong artists in recent editions of Art Biennale in Venice. During the questions and answers session, a man in the audience asked the panel - comprising artists and curators who have represented Hong Kong in various biennales - if Hong Kong might get round to hosting an art biennale of its own at some point. It’s an ambitious proposition, if not somewhat inappropriate, given the timing. Surely Hong Kong has more pressing issues to deal with at the moment than trying to put together an art biennale on a scale comparable to that of Venice. Venice’s Art Biennale is at least 10 times the size of Hong Kong Art Basel - the city’s flagship annual art event. While Hong Kong Art Basel covers 14,000 square meters of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and attracted 93,000 visitors in its last edition, Arsenale, one of the two main venues of Art Biennale in Venice, alone measures 50,000 … [Read more...] about Can our city pull off what Venice did and host its own art biennale?
Migrant communities have been a welcome and permanent fixture in Hong Kong since the mid-19th century. New arrivals played a pivotal role and made a significant social contribution throughout periods of intensive change. Hong Kong eventually transitioned to a major regional trading hub with an international financial center to rival London or New York. The allure was a desire for economic gain, a better lifestyle and greater opportunity. These migrant communities have helped shape our diverse, multi-cultural, internationally minded and outward-looking society. According to figures published by the Census and Statistics Department in their 2016 Population By-census Thematic Report: Ethnic Minorities, almost 600,000 people, or 8 percent of the population, are categorized as ethnic minorities. A little over half are employed as domestic helpers. Most of the remainder are permanent residents and consider the Hong Kong SAR their home. Figures have risen significantly in the past 10 years. … [Read more...] about Education reform in language key to more-inclusive HK society