Mainland Chinese

Taiwan permits 20pc mainland Chinese stake in banks

Taiwan will let mainland lenders own up to 20 per cent of some financial institutions, raising the limit on ownership as cross-strait economic integration deepens.

Tuesday, 2 April, 2013, 7:02am

Rich Chinese increasing purchases of overseas equities

The number of mainlanders with plans to buy overseas stocks is expected to more than double over the next year. Photo: Reuters

Mainland millionaires are showing a growing appetite for offshore equities and stock-related investment products, even as Beijing attempts to retain capital in the onshore market and lure offshore capital, a survey by Nielsen has found.

27 Mar 2013 - 5:02am

Mainland Chinese boost sales of life insurance policies in Hong Kong

Chan Kin-por. Photo: Sam Tsang

New premiums for life insurance policies are nearly back to pre-financial crisis levels, with mainland visitors playing an important role in the rebound.

16 Mar 2013 - 4:23am

Business sets up US treatment for Chinese

Cai Qiang has found a niche both rewarding and fulfilling.

The lengths to which wealthy mainlanders will go to provide safe imported food or high-quality overseas education to their families comes as no surprise to Cai Qiang. What amazes him is that many of those same people have no idea how to access top-notch medical care when they or their loved ones fall ill. 

24 Feb 2013 - 5:21am

Letters to the Editor, January 1, 2013

A protest against Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Maids will be at the mercy of agencies

I note that the Bangladesh envoy says his office is very serious about an agreement with local agencies to recruit domestic workers from his country ("Consulate 'close to a deal on helpers'", December 28).

He is quoted as saying that "we think that Hong Kong has a strong rule of law" that will protect Bangladeshis.

1 Jan 2013 - 3:17am 3 comments

'Flying' mainland mother fails to win review of eight-month jail term

The first mainland woman convicted for sneaking into the city by plane while pregnant and giving birth at the last minute failed yesterday to win a review of her eight-month jail term.

Dealing with the case two days before the Mid-Autumn Festival - a time for family reunions - Principal Magistrate Andrew Ma Hon-cheung told a weeping Ye Qianfeng she was lucky not to receive a year.

29 Sep 2012 - 3:11am

Fear and anger at mainland Chinese unite Hong Kong and US

At our usual Friday night gatherings of friends, a popular topic is mainland Chinese. The conversation often revolves around complaints and frustration. I should point out here that a good number of my friends are overseas Chinese, including Chinese Americans who are in Hong Kong for work. Here are some scraps from the banter:

26 Sep 2012 - 2:30pm 16 comments

What's being said on

On the protest by Hong Kong Muslims against the film Innocence of Muslims:

Dan Gar - While the movie was clearly an impetus, a lot more was in play, such as a decade-plus war on (radical) Islam. Most of the protest material was aimed at decrying discrimination and slighting of their religion.

26 Sep 2012 - 12:42am

Only 8 charged out of 131 arrested in parallel traders' swoop in Hong Kong

Only eight of 131 mainlanders arrested on Wednesday in connection with the parallel-goods export business were prosecuted, the Immigration Department said yesterday.

The low prosecution rate - only about 6 per cent - highlighted the difficulty of gathering suitable evidence against suspects, a lawyer said.

22 Sep 2012 - 3:04am 3 comments

First mainland mother to sneak in by plane is jailed

The first pregnant mainland woman arrested for sneaking into the city by plane and giving birth at the last minute was jailed yesterday.

The Immigration Department said it would improve communications with airlines after Ye Qianfeng, 26, was sentenced at Sha Tin Court to eight months in prison for giving a false statement and presenting false documents.

19 Sep 2012 - 1:59pm 5 comments

HK must keep an open mind on a more open border

Mainland Chinese visitors walk past a Chanel store as others line up outside at Hong Kong's tourist Tsim Sha Tsui district. Photo: Reuters

Call Hong Kong an international city? The small-town mentality of some people is so Lilliputian that there are times when I have my doubts. As with the relaxing of entry permits for non-residents of six mainland cities, Shenzhen among them.

4 Sep 2012 - 7:14am 35 comments

Hong Kong task force set up to assess impact of multi-entry permit tourists

A government task force will work with authorities across the border to ease the impact of new rules making it easier for millions of mainlanders to enter the city.

Proposals could include setting up a quota system, said Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok, who will head the task force.

1 Sep 2012 - 3:57am

Plan to lift travel restrictions to Hong Kong needs address concerns

Hong Kong people have rightly expressed concerns over the possible influx of more mainland tourists in the wake of the lifting of travel restrictions announced unilaterally by the Shenzhen authorities. Starting from this coming Saturday, non-permanent residents are no longer required to return to their home provinces to apply for multiple- entry permits to Hong Kong.

30 Aug 2012 - 2:36am

Border development zone 'will bring Hongkongers jobs' says think tank

Commercial zones in areas along the border will benefit Hongkongers, supporters say. Photo: Robert Ng

Encouraging commercial developments in border areas will offer job opportunities for Hongkongers and reduce shop rents for business start-ups, according to Executive Council member Cheung Chi-kong.

28 Aug 2012 - 3:20am