Chris Lau

Hong Kong

Chris Lau

Senior Reporter, Hong Kong

Chris Lau is a reporter specialising in court and legal affairs in Hong Kong. From criminal justice to constitutional issues, he brings in the latest updates and in-depth analysis on legal issues that affect all aspects of the city. He also covers human rights issues extensively.

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National security law: Google urges Hong Kong police to use ‘diplomatic procedures’ for data requests

Tech giant’s move will make it more difficult for the Hong Kong government to collect data.

15 Aug 2020 - 2:57AM

Tech giant’s move will make it more difficult for the Hong Kong government to collect data.

National security law: Google urges Hong Kong police to use ‘diplomatic procedures’ for data requests
Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai denies violating national security law, calling accusations an ‘excuse to clamp down’ by Beijing

The Apple Daily founder denies police accusations that he contributed to a group that called for US sanctions, saying insinuations that he advocates for Hong Kong independence are a ‘trap’ by the Chinese Communist Party.

14 Aug 2020 - 6:49PM

The Apple Daily founder denies police accusations that he contributed to a group that called for US sanctions, saying insinuations that he advocates for Hong Kong independence are a ‘trap’ by the Chinese Communist Party.

Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai denies violating national security law, calling accusations an ‘excuse to clamp down’ by Beijing
New chairman of Hong Kong public broadcaster RTHK’s board a former lawmaker with strong ties to Beijing

Lam Tai-fai represented the industrial functional constituency and is a member of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. Top lawyer Thomas So and former i-Cable executive Raymond Chiu also named to board.

14 Aug 2020 - 11:39PM

Lam Tai-fai represented the industrial functional constituency and is a member of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. Top lawyer Thomas So and former i-Cable executive Raymond Chiu also named to board.

New chairman of Hong Kong public broadcaster RTHK’s board a former lawmaker with strong ties to Beijing
Hong Kong’s ‘success’ based on years of back-breaking effort and mainland help, not a label Trump or others can strip away: foreign ministry

Commerce chief Edward Yau, meanwhile, reveals officials and legal experts are studying World Trade Organisation rule book to see how US ‘Made in China’ move can be challenged.

14 Aug 2020 - 11:39PM

Commerce chief Edward Yau, meanwhile, reveals officials and legal experts are studying World Trade Organisation rule book to see how US ‘Made in China’ move can be challenged.

Hong Kong’s ‘success’ based on years of back-breaking effort and mainland help, not a label Trump or others can strip away: foreign ministry
National security law: RTHK removes programme featuring wanted Hong Kong activist Nathan Law, raising fresh concerns over press freedom

Show on postponement of Legco elections aired on RTHK’s Channel 31 on July 31 but was removed from website and YouTube the following day.

14 Aug 2020 - 1:28AM

Show on postponement of Legco elections aired on RTHK’s Channel 31 on July 31 but was removed from website and YouTube the following day.

National security law: RTHK removes programme featuring wanted Hong Kong activist Nathan Law, raising fresh concerns over press freedom
National security law: despite arrest, Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai says he would ‘still have gone down same path’

Lai, 71, tells Apple Daily staff he has no regrets about founding the newspaper although it has made him a target of Beijing.

13 Aug 2020 - 8:10AM

Lai, 71, tells Apple Daily staff he has no regrets about founding the newspaper although it has made him a target of Beijing.

National security law: despite arrest, Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai says he would ‘still have gone down same path’
National security law: Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai freed on bail as activist Agnes Chow calls her arrest ‘political persecution and suppression’

Jimmy Lai appears outside Mong Kok Police Station shortly after midnight to loud chants of ‘Support Apple! Support till the end!’ from supporters.

12 Aug 2020 - 12:44PM

Jimmy Lai appears outside Mong Kok Police Station shortly after midnight to loud chants of ‘Support Apple! Support till the end!’ from supporters.

National security law: Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai freed on bail as activist Agnes Chow calls her arrest ‘political persecution and suppression’
National security law: Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai, activist Agnes Chow among those arrested as police spend nearly nine hours searching Apple Daily offices

Founder of the tabloid-style newspaper detained in the most high-profile police operation under national security law since it was recently imposed by Beijing.

11 Aug 2020 - 12:52PM

Founder of the tabloid-style newspaper detained in the most high-profile police operation under national security law since it was recently imposed by Beijing.

National security law: Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai, activist Agnes Chow among those arrested as police spend nearly nine hours searching Apple Daily offices
Barred from contesting polls, four Hong Kong lawmakers await Beijing’s decision on their time left in Legco

Sitting lawmakers Alvin Yeung, Dennis Kwok, Kwok Ka-ki and Kenneth Leung could see their political careers effectively ended in the coming weeks.

8 Aug 2020 - 9:00AM

Sitting lawmakers Alvin Yeung, Dennis Kwok, Kwok Ka-ki and Kenneth Leung could see their political careers effectively ended in the coming weeks.

Barred from contesting polls, four Hong Kong lawmakers await Beijing’s decision on their time left in Legco
National security law: Hong Kong says it ‘strongly deplored and opposed’ US consulate statement

Hong Kong responds to the statement by US consulate that calls the national security law ‘ill-defined, vaguely worded and far-reaching’.

8 Aug 2020 - 2:11AM

Hong Kong responds to the statement by US consulate that calls the national security law ‘ill-defined, vaguely worded and far-reaching’.

National security law: Hong Kong says it ‘strongly deplored and opposed’ US consulate statement
Pro-Beijing heavyweight says central government yet to decide on whether four disqualified Hong Kong lawmakers should serve in provisional Legco term

Tam Yiu-chung’s remarks come as he leaves for session with China’s top legislative body, where matter is expected to be discussed. Conundrum follows postponement of city’s elections for a year, creating so-called vacuum for legislature that needs to be filled.

7 Aug 2020 - 11:23PM

Tam Yiu-chung’s remarks come as he leaves for session with China’s top legislative body, where matter is expected to be discussed. Conundrum follows postponement of city’s elections for a year, creating so-called vacuum for legislature that needs to be filled.

Pro-Beijing heavyweight says central government yet to decide on whether four disqualified Hong Kong lawmakers should serve in provisional Legco term
Delayed work visas for foreign journalists in Hong Kong ‘highly unusual’, says press body as it warns of damage to city’s reputation

Foreign Correspondents’ Club warns that restricting journalists by reducing their numbers will damage the city’s international standing and reputation.

7 Aug 2020 - 12:44AM

Foreign Correspondents’ Club warns that restricting journalists by reducing their numbers will damage the city’s international standing and reputation.

Delayed work visas for foreign journalists in Hong Kong ‘highly unusual’, says press body as it warns of damage to city’s reputation
Hong Kong’s LGBT community more depressed, anxious amid stay-at-home arrangements, survey finds

The survey found that conflicts in the home between gay, lesbian and bisexual respondents and sometimes-unsympathetic relatives was a factor.

6 Aug 2020 - 8:16AM

The survey found that conflicts in the home between gay, lesbian and bisexual respondents and sometimes-unsympathetic relatives was a factor.

Hong Kong’s LGBT community more depressed, anxious amid stay-at-home arrangements, survey finds
Hong Kong elections: ex-justice minister slams Bar Association’s ‘political’ criticism of poll delay, says Beijing input needed given ‘emergency’ situation

Former Basic Law Committee vice-chair Elise Leung says city does not have ability to resolve legal issues around vacuum created by end of Legco mandate.

4 Aug 2020 - 11:13PM

Former Basic Law Committee vice-chair Elise Leung says city does not have ability to resolve legal issues around vacuum created by end of Legco mandate.

Hong Kong elections: ex-justice minister slams Bar Association’s ‘political’ criticism of poll delay, says Beijing input needed given ‘emergency’ situation
Hong Kong national security law: suspect’s release bid first test for city’s judges on defendant’s rights versus new legislation

Tong Ying-kit was remanded into custody over incident during July 1 protest. He is to apply for a writ of habeas corpus at the Court of First Instance in a bid to be released.

4 Aug 2020 - 11:46PM

Tong Ying-kit was remanded into custody over incident during July 1 protest. He is to apply for a writ of habeas corpus at the Court of First Instance in a bid to be released.

Hong Kong national security law: suspect’s release bid first test for city’s judges on defendant’s rights versus new legislation
Hong Kong’s global reputation weakened by Legislative Council elections move, European Union says

EU issues statement saying Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s decision to postpone Legislative Council vote for a year harms city’s standing as ‘free and open society’.

4 Aug 2020 - 4:29PM

EU issues statement saying Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s decision to postpone Legislative Council vote for a year harms city’s standing as ‘free and open society’.

Hong Kong’s global reputation weakened by Legislative Council elections move, European Union says
Hong Kong elections: Lam’s inner circle differs on how best to deal with Legislative Council vacuum postponement of polls will create

Executive Council member Ronny Tong says emergency sessions could bridge gap, while People’s Congress deputy Ip Kwok-him sees ‘caretaker legislature’ as inevitable.

1 Aug 2020 - 11:20PM

Executive Council member Ronny Tong says emergency sessions could bridge gap, while People’s Congress deputy Ip Kwok-him sees ‘caretaker legislature’ as inevitable.

Hong Kong elections: Lam’s inner circle differs on how best to deal with Legislative Council vacuum postponement of polls will create
All typhoon signals cancelled in Hong Kong as tropical depression Sinlaku gradually moves away

Tropical depression slowly easing away but Hongkongers can still expect squally showers for the rest of the weekend.

2 Aug 2020 - 12:55AM

Tropical depression slowly easing away but Hongkongers can still expect squally showers for the rest of the weekend.

All typhoon signals cancelled in Hong Kong as tropical depression Sinlaku gradually moves away
Explainer | National security law: one month after its adoption, how has Beijing’s sweeping new legislation changed Hong Kong?

Critics say the long arm of new legislation will have a chilling effect on politics in the city, as police release wanted list of suspects who have fled.

8 Aug 2020 - 11:21PM

Critics say the long arm of new legislation will have a chilling effect on politics in the city, as police release wanted list of suspects who have fled.

National security law: one month after its adoption, how has Beijing’s sweeping new legislation changed Hong Kong?
Hong Kong’s top prosecutor resigns post amid row with justice minister: source

In email to colleagues, David Leung says he does not ‘see eye to eye’ with the secretary for justice’s running of the department, a situation that ‘has not improved’.

1 Aug 2020 - 12:36AM

In email to colleagues, David Leung says he does not ‘see eye to eye’ with the secretary for justice’s running of the department, a situation that ‘has not improved’.

Hong Kong’s top prosecutor resigns post amid row with justice minister: source
Explainer | Hong Kong elections: what does it mean to be disqualified, who decides, and how have hopefuls been barred in the past?

National security law objections and plans to leverage a first-ever Legco majority among reasons cited by officials who made the call.

31 Jul 2020 - 7:40AM

National security law objections and plans to leverage a first-ever Legco majority among reasons cited by officials who made the call.

Hong Kong elections: what does it mean to be disqualified, who decides, and how have hopefuls been barred in the past?
Hong Kong election: protesters and supporters move battleground to Legislative Council – but will they be blocked?

This is the second in a three-part series looking at the build-up to the coming Legislative Council elections.

30 Jul 2020 - 3:42PM

This is the second in a three-part series looking at the build-up to the coming Legislative Council elections.

Hong Kong election: protesters and supporters move battleground to Legislative Council – but will they be blocked?
Hong Kong third wave: ‘no place for complacency’ on Covid-19, health officials warn, as city records small drop in new cases

The city has seen triple-digit rises in infections every day since July 22, while a daily high of 145 was set on Monday.

29 Jul 2020 - 12:10AM

The city has seen triple-digit rises in infections every day since July 22, while a daily high of 145 was set on Monday.

Hong Kong third wave: ‘no place for complacency’ on Covid-19, health officials warn, as city records small drop in new cases
Hong Kong third wave: China’s top health body pledges to support Covid-19 fight as city confirms another record-high 123 infections

Some 115 of Friday’s 123 cases were local, 62 of which were linked to previous infections while 53 were from unknown sources.

25 Jul 2020 - 2:01AM

Some 115 of Friday’s 123 cases were local, 62 of which were linked to previous infections while 53 were from unknown sources.

Hong Kong third wave: China’s top health body pledges to support Covid-19 fight as city confirms another record-high 123 infections
Beijing threatens to stop recognising Hong Kong BN(O) passports in retaliation for British offer to city residents

Central government lashes out at London move paving the way for millions of Hongkongers to settle in Britain.

24 Jul 2020 - 11:52AM

Central government lashes out at London move paving the way for millions of Hongkongers to settle in Britain.

Beijing threatens to stop recognising Hong Kong BN(O) passports in retaliation for British offer to city residents
Hong Kong third wave: resort to become isolation facility for younger and healthier Covid-19 patients, AsiaWorld-Expo to be treatment centre

Lei Yue Mun Park and Holiday Village in Chai Wan to be operational in a day and take in some 30 younger patients from city’s strained health care system. AsiaWorld-Expo, currently a testing site for air arrivals, could become treatment facility to house patients.

23 Jul 2020 - 11:11PM

Lei Yue Mun Park and Holiday Village in Chai Wan to be operational in a day and take in some 30 younger patients from city’s strained health care system. AsiaWorld-Expo, currently a testing site for air arrivals, could become treatment facility to house patients.

Hong Kong third wave: resort to become isolation facility for younger and healthier Covid-19 patients,  AsiaWorld-Expo to be treatment centre
National security law: Hong Kong activist Nathan Law says he has warned Pompeo of Beijing ‘meddling’ in city’s coming elections

Law, who has left his native city, met US secretary of state at private exchange in London and says he raised human rights concerns in Xinjiang and Tibet.

23 Jul 2020 - 1:46AM

Law, who has left his native city, met US secretary of state at private exchange in London and says he raised human rights concerns in Xinjiang and Tibet.

National security law: Hong Kong activist Nathan Law says he has warned Pompeo of Beijing ‘meddling’ in city’s coming elections
Hong Kong protests: activist holding banner arrested on suspicion of breaking new security law on anniversary of Yuen Long attack

Demonstrator’s placard at mall gathering read: Liberate Hong Kong; revolution of our times.

22 Jul 2020 - 12:45AM

Demonstrator’s placard at mall gathering read: Liberate Hong Kong; revolution of our times.

Hong Kong protests: activist holding banner arrested on suspicion of breaking new security law on anniversary of Yuen Long attack
National security law: Hong Kong government slams ‘double standards’, ‘interference’ as Britain suspends extradition deal

Spokesman says decision to follow Canada and Australia in suspending agreement could create loophole for criminals attempting to evade justice. 

21 Jul 2020 - 11:13PM

Spokesman says decision to follow Canada and Australia in suspending agreement could create loophole for criminals attempting to evade justice. 

National security law: Hong Kong government slams ‘double standards’, ‘interference’ as Britain suspends extradition deal
National security law: Britain will be haven for protest fugitives, Hong Kong officials and politicians say ahead of extradition deal suspension

Exco member Regina Ip warns any suspension by Britain would be mutual, affecting the handover of criminals between both jurisdictions.

20 Jul 2020 - 11:20PM

Exco member Regina Ip warns any suspension by Britain would be mutual, affecting the handover of criminals between both jurisdictions.

National security law: Britain will be haven for protest fugitives, Hong Kong officials and politicians say ahead of extradition deal suspension