British Hong Kong

How to prosecute the Tang illegal basement case?

The latest catch.

We've been brooding over the charges that Henry Tang Ying-yen's wife, Lisa Kuo Yu-chin, is due to face in respect of the illegal basement. She has been charged in connection with building works being carried out without the approval and consent of the Buildings Department, which carries a maximum penalty of two years' imprisonment and a fine of HK$400,000.

Thursday, 14 March, 2013, 7:47am

Hong Kong's vanishing mojo

Hu Jintao stressed "insistence on the 'one country' principle", while respecting the differences between the two systems.

The 18th Communist Party congress this month had observers around the world parsing the make-up of the Politburo and the speeches of the Chinese leaders for clues to any change in direction for this powerful nation.

25 Nov 2012 - 2:06am 5 comments

Talking Points

Chen Zuoer

Handover memoir set for official launch

20 Sep 2012 - 3:50am

A silent reward for a timely kowtow?

Hong Kong International Airport in Chek Lap Kok. Photo: Nora Tam

Sino-British talks on building the new airport at Chek Lap Kok almost broke down in 1991 after Beijing insisted the agreement be signed by the two heads of government in the Chinese capital, according to a new book by a former top mainland official.

SCMP, September 19

21 Sep 2012 - 7:18am 9 comments

Live-fire PLA drills near Hong Kong are common and safe, says expert

PLA military exercises held near Hong Kong are not uncommon, with an average of 10 drills conducted every year, some of which include shooting practice, a government aviation source said.

He added that there was no need to warn the public about the drills in advance because it may create unnecessary panic.

7 Sep 2012 - 3:10am

City scope: schools of thought

A Hongkonger protests against national education on September 1. Photo: EPA

One photograph from a recent protest against national education in Hong Kong shows a young boy sporting a red sticker that reads: "No brainwashing". The message is clear: Hongkongers fear that the classes, designed to teach students to appreciate the motherland, are merely an excuse to indoctrinate children.

9 Sep 2012 - 12:03am