Jailed journalist making gradual recovery
Jailed Hong Kong journalist Ching Cheong has told his family he is making a gradual recovery in Guangzhou prison and would use his 'utmost motivation and bravery in facing adversity and misfortune'. 'You would be proud of me', he told the family in a letter. On the second anniversary of his detention, his wife, Mary Lau Man-yee, said she and Ching's friends would visit the Po Lin Temple and Big Buddha on Lantau Island on Sunday. Ching, chief China correspondent for Singapore's The Straits Times, was sentenced to five years' jail for spying for Taiwan, and was first detained on April 22, 2004.
Olympic tickets available
Hong Kong people can visit the China Travel Service's branch in the city to book tickets for the Beijing Olympics. Timothy Fok Tsun-ting, president of the Hong Kong Olympic Committee, said tickets were now available after he attended a meeting with the Beijing Organising Committee for the Olympic Games' ticketing department in Beijing yesterday.
Cross-border action on fake bills
Police from Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau agreed to set up a working group after a meeting in Huizhou prompted by a recent spate of cases involving fake banknotes. Deputy commissioner (operations) of the Hong Kong Police, Peter Yam Tat-wing, said they planned to send some officers to Vietnam. One of the cases involved a Vietnamese couple who allegedly used fake HK$1,000 banknotes at an Admiralty hotel.