Transfer of Sovereignty of Hong Kong

Not our way

In his first question-and-answer session in the Legislative Council, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying refused to take a position on the death of mainland dissident Li Wangyang , saying that because of 'one country, two systems', it is inappropriate for him to comment.

Wednesday, 18 July, 2012, 12:00am

Inaction speaks louder than words

In journalism, if something big doesn't happen, that may be news, too.

An expected scene during the recent visit of President Hu Jintao was to have the leader hugging children, and chatting with an ordinary Hong Kong family.

9 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Mainland activists go missing after march

Two mainland activists who joined Sunday's protest march in the city disappeared after returning home, the group that organised their visit says.

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

So near, yet so far away for P.L.A. garrison

The People's Liberation Army Hong Kong garrison may be stationed in a free city, but its soldiers are bound by restrictions that prevent them from freely enjoying the city's many offerings that local residents take for granted.

4 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Six degrees

Today, as you may possibly have heard, is the 15th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to Chinese rule (below).

1 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

PLA takes a uniform approach to discretion

Perhaps the most potent symbol of Beijing's presence in Hong Kong has been the People's Liberation Army - and the fact its members are rarely seen.

Besides open days and the earnest soldiers standing guard outside the barracks in Admiralty, the garrison goes about its business below the radar.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

We're still dancing as fast as we can

Ever since that rain-soaked night 15 years ago when Hong Kong quick-stepped its way both back and forward in history, residents of this 'barren rock'' have faced the same question with monotonous regularity when they travel abroad: 'Has the place changed much since the handover?'

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

It is time to end the culture of long working hours in Hong Kong's offices

Coming back to live and work in Hong Kong after spending 30 years abroad has prompted me to think about the city's past and future.

It was because people in Hong Kong paid attention to the importance of their working and family lives, that we have seen this city develop into what is now a famous and commercially successful metropolis.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Hu to face growing anger on HK visit

President Hu Jintao will find a very different city from the one he last visited five years ago when he arrives on Friday to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the handover.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

These streets mean

You're racing down the wet-market streets of Wan Chai, semi-automatic on the passenger seat, police cars to the left, triad vehicles to the right. The crowded roads are hard to manoeuvre, and a pedestrian walks across your path - you swerve, the car flips, crashes and burns.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Fresh probe takes heat off Hu's visit

Thursday's pledge by the Hunan government to order a fresh inquiry into the suspicious death of Tiananmen dissident Li Wangyang was largely prompted by an urgent need to cool down the public outcry in Hong Kong only weeks before President Hu Jintao visits the city, say analysts and activists.

16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

A royal pointer for Hong Kong's hybrid politics

It's been a tough few weeks for republican-minded Brits as the nation erupted in a wave of enthusiasm for the Queen's diamond jubilee celebrations. Few national leaders have enjoyed this level of enthusiasm after six decades of rule; indeed, the only other leader who springs to mind is another monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand.

9 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

The very best of British

Britons will be keen to portray themselves as good sports this summer, with London hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

It will put Britain in the spotlight for a spectacular sporting four weeks.

Away from the sporting scene there is Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee, marking her 60 years on the throne and culminating in the Jubilee Weekend from June 2-5.

1 May 2012 - 12:00am

15 years on, P.L.A. garrison still an enigma

It is almost 15 years since the first contingent of People's Liberation Army troops took their historic place in Hong Kong, and yesterday - as they held their 23rd open day since the handover - it was clear they remain an enigma to the Hong Kong public.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

KMT spies infiltrated colonial police

Special Branch - the counter-espionage arm of the colonial police - was infiltrated by Kuomintang spies plotting terrorist attacks on the mainland and in Hong Kong, intelligence reports released by the British government reveal.

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am