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Dayu Zhang a video producer for the South China Morning Post.

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What you should know about China's new national security law for Hong Kong

China has imposed a sweeping national security law for Hong Kong that prohibits acts of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with a foreign power in the city. Details of the law were revealed as it went into effect late on June 30, 2020. The legislation has sparked widespread concern about its implications, despite assurances from officials who say it only targets a small minority in the city. The Post looks at how various parties could be affected under the law.
 

5 Jul 2020 - 7:27AM

China has imposed a sweeping national security law for Hong Kong that prohibits acts of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with a foreign power in the city. Details of the law were revealed as it went into effect late on June 30, 2020. The legislation has sparked widespread concern about its implications, despite assurances from officials who say it only targets a small minority in the city. The Post looks at how various parties could be affected under the law.
 

What you should know about China's new national security law for Hong Kong
Hong Kong police arrest 10 under new national security law

Hong Kong police say 10 people were arrested on July 1, 2020, under the city’s new national security law. It was the first time the police force exercised their new powers under the contentious legislation enacted the previous day by Chinese mainland authorities. The 10 were among about 370 people detained mainly for taking part in illegal assemblies, disorderly conduct and possession of offensive weapons. Despite the new risk of prosecution, thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets to protest against the new law, openly defying a Covid-19 ban on the annual July 1 march. 
 

2 Jul 2020 - 12:45PM

Hong Kong police say 10 people were arrested on July 1, 2020, under the city’s new national security law. It was the first time the police force exercised their new powers under the contentious legislation enacted the previous day by Chinese mainland authorities. The 10 were among about 370 people detained mainly for taking part in illegal assemblies, disorderly conduct and possession of offensive weapons. Despite the new risk of prosecution, thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets to protest against the new law, openly defying a Covid-19 ban on the annual July 1 march. 
 

Hong Kong police arrest 10 under new national security law
Hundreds arrested, thousands protest in Hong Kong during first day under new national security law

Thousands of people gathered in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020, expressing anger over Beijing's national security law for the city, as it marked 23 years since its handover from British to Chinese rule. Police had banned the annual protest march organised by pro-democracy activists, citing concerns over Covid-19 and violence in previous demonstrations. Despite the ban, thousands protested and engaged in a game of cat and mouse with police in Hong Kong's busy Wan Chai district. 
 

1 Jul 2020 - 11:36PM

Thousands of people gathered in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020, expressing anger over Beijing's national security law for the city, as it marked 23 years since its handover from British to Chinese rule. Police had banned the annual protest march organised by pro-democracy activists, citing concerns over Covid-19 and violence in previous demonstrations. Despite the ban, thousands protested and engaged in a game of cat and mouse with police in Hong Kong's busy Wan Chai district. 
 

Hundreds arrested, thousands protest in Hong Kong during first day under new national security law
What if Covid-19 is here to stay? Why we may need to prepare for the coronavirus becoming endemic

During the months it has taken for Covid-19 to emerge as a global pandemic, most people around the world have been waiting in hope for a vaccine or other intervention to stop the spread of the disease for good. But some are confronting the worrying possibility that the coronavirus might become endemic, meaning that with no effective countermeasures it would never go away, forever changing life on Earth.

24 Jun 2020 - 5:05PM

During the months it has taken for Covid-19 to emerge as a global pandemic, most people around the world have been waiting in hope for a vaccine or other intervention to stop the spread of the disease for good. But some are confronting the worrying possibility that the coronavirus might become endemic, meaning that with no effective countermeasures it would never go away, forever changing life on Earth.

What if Covid-19 is here to stay? Why we may need to prepare for the coronavirus becoming endemic
Protesters gather to mark death anniversary of Hong Kong protester ‘raincoat man’

Thousands of people in Hong Kong mourned the death of protester “raincoat man” on June 15, 2020, a year after he fell from height in Admiralty ahead of a march against the now-withdrawn extradition bill.
 

16 Jun 2020 - 1:30AM

Thousands of people in Hong Kong mourned the death of protester “raincoat man” on June 15, 2020, a year after he fell from height in Admiralty ahead of a march against the now-withdrawn extradition bill.
 

Protesters gather to mark death anniversary of Hong Kong protester ‘raincoat man’
Hong Kong police fire pepper spray as hundreds gather to mark first anniversary of historic march

Police fired pepper spray to disperse protesters after hundreds took to the streets of downtown Hong Kong on June 9, 2020, to mark the first anniversary of a historic march against the now-withdrawn extradition bill that became a watershed moment in the city’s months-long anti-government movement.

9 Jun 2020 - 11:50PM

Police fired pepper spray to disperse protesters after hundreds took to the streets of downtown Hong Kong on June 9, 2020, to mark the first anniversary of a historic march against the now-withdrawn extradition bill that became a watershed moment in the city’s months-long anti-government movement.

Hong Kong police fire pepper spray as hundreds gather to mark first anniversary of historic march
Tear gas fired as thousands protest Beijing’s planned national security law for Hong Kong

Hong Kong police fired multiple rounds of tear gas and used a water cannon in the Causeway Bay shopping district on Sunday as thousands took to the streets in protest. Angered by Beijing’s planned national security law for the city, protesters denounced the proposed legislation as a threat to civil liberties and the end of the “one country, two systems” principle.

24 May 2020 - 10:50PM

Hong Kong police fired multiple rounds of tear gas and used a water cannon in the Causeway Bay shopping district on Sunday as thousands took to the streets in protest. Angered by Beijing’s planned national security law for the city, protesters denounced the proposed legislation as a threat to civil liberties and the end of the “one country, two systems” principle.

Tear gas fired as thousands protest Beijing’s planned national security law for Hong Kong
Hong Kong shop offers ‘tear gas’ flavoured gelato to remind customers of anti-government protests

The owner of a gelato shop in Hong Kong is making a political statement by offering “tear gas” flavoured gelato to his customers. The city's police force frequently used tear gas to disperse crowds during anti-government protests that broke out in 2019.

22 May 2020 - 4:24PM

The owner of a gelato shop in Hong Kong is making a political statement by offering “tear gas” flavoured gelato to his customers. The city's police force frequently used tear gas to disperse crowds during anti-government protests that broke out in 2019.

Hong Kong shop offers ‘tear gas’ flavoured gelato to remind customers of anti-government protests
Hanoi's chef to the stars shares secrets for preparing delicious traditional Vietnamese cuisine

The late Anthony Bourdain once described chef Anh Tuyet's roasted honey chicken as the best he'd ever had. The Vietnamese chef, who specialises in traditional Hanoi cuisine, has also cooked for world leaders including former US President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping. One of the few chefs who still serves up traditional Hanoi cuisine, Tuyet has been recognised as a culinary ambassador in Vietnam. She shared some of her culinary secrets with the South China Morning Post.

7 May 2020 - 6:28PM

The late Anthony Bourdain once described chef Anh Tuyet's roasted honey chicken as the best he'd ever had. The Vietnamese chef, who specialises in traditional Hanoi cuisine, has also cooked for world leaders including former US President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping. One of the few chefs who still serves up traditional Hanoi cuisine, Tuyet has been recognised as a culinary ambassador in Vietnam. She shared some of her culinary secrets with the South China Morning Post.

Hanoi's chef to the stars shares secrets for preparing delicious traditional Vietnamese cuisine
Hongkongers bake ‘cakes for heroes’ to thank medical staff on front lines of Covid-19 fight

Since the first coronavirus cases were detected in Hong Kong, health workers in the city have been working to keep the deadly infection virus at bay. As a show of appreciation, the Nest bakery operated by the charity Nesbitt Centre is making cakes and biscuits for medical teams on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic fight.

5 May 2020 - 6:25PM

Since the first coronavirus cases were detected in Hong Kong, health workers in the city have been working to keep the deadly infection virus at bay. As a show of appreciation, the Nest bakery operated by the charity Nesbitt Centre is making cakes and biscuits for medical teams on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic fight.

Hongkongers bake ‘cakes for heroes’ to thank medical staff on front lines of Covid-19 fight
Hong Kong riot police use pepper spray at a shopping mall in Sha Tin

Hong Kong’s riot police used pepper spray on May 1, 2020, as protesters gathered in a shopping mall in Sha Tin for a singalong protest, at the end of an otherwise peaceful Labour Day.

1 May 2020 - 11:38PM

Hong Kong’s riot police used pepper spray on May 1, 2020, as protesters gathered in a shopping mall in Sha Tin for a singalong protest, at the end of an otherwise peaceful Labour Day.

Hong Kong riot police use pepper spray at a shopping mall in Sha Tin
South Korea reports no new domestic coronavirus cases for the first time since February

South Korea reported no new locally transmitted coronavirus cases on April 30, 2020, for the first time since the nation’s coronavirus outbreak reached a peak on February 29. The Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said all four new Covid-19 infections reported on the day were imported. The latest cases brought South Korea’s national tally to 10,765, as the death toll rose by one to 247.

30 Apr 2020 - 8:37PM

South Korea reported no new locally transmitted coronavirus cases on April 30, 2020, for the first time since the nation’s coronavirus outbreak reached a peak on February 29. The Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said all four new Covid-19 infections reported on the day were imported. The latest cases brought South Korea’s national tally to 10,765, as the death toll rose by one to 247.

South Korea reports no new domestic coronavirus cases for the first time since February
How Hong Kong and South Korea manage to keep Covid-19 at bay without enforcing lockdowns

Hong Kong and South Korea have managed to lead the way in the fight against Covid-19 despite neither place enforcing a lockdown to control the spread of the coronavirus that causes the disease. Health experts say it is no coincidence that their citizens took a proactive approach to defending themselves, rather than waiting for official guidance.

22 Apr 2020 - 10:26PM

Hong Kong and South Korea have managed to lead the way in the fight against Covid-19 despite neither place enforcing a lockdown to control the spread of the coronavirus that causes the disease. Health experts say it is no coincidence that their citizens took a proactive approach to defending themselves, rather than waiting for official guidance.

How Hong Kong and South Korea manage to keep Covid-19 at bay without enforcing lockdowns
Hongkonger recalls weeks of lockdown in Wuhan, China, the first epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic

When Hong Kong resident Lin Runqiao arrived in Wuhan on January 7, 2020, to celebrate the Lunar New Year with family and friends, he had no idea that his life would be turned upside down in the following two months. When the city emerged as the original epicentre of the deadly coronavirus that causes Covid-19, the government placed the central Chinese city under lockdown on January 23 to curb the spread of the infection. Caught by surprise, 62-year-old Lin spent nearly two months confined to an flat with his father, enduring food shortages and immense psychological pressure before he was able to return to Hong Kong.

8 Apr 2020 - 11:43AM

When Hong Kong resident Lin Runqiao arrived in Wuhan on January 7, 2020, to celebrate the Lunar New Year with family and friends, he had no idea that his life would be turned upside down in the following two months. When the city emerged as the original epicentre of the deadly coronavirus that causes Covid-19, the government placed the central Chinese city under lockdown on January 23 to curb the spread of the infection. Caught by surprise, 62-year-old Lin spent nearly two months confined to an flat with his father, enduring food shortages and immense psychological pressure before he was able to return to Hong Kong.

Hongkonger recalls weeks of lockdown in Wuhan, China, the first epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic
Coronavirus: Hong Kong orders bars and pubs to close amid Covid-19 pandemic

Hong Kong has ordered bars and pubs to close for two weeks from 6pm local time on April 3, 2020. The measure came as the city stepped up social distancing rules to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

15 Apr 2020 - 12:40PM

Hong Kong has ordered bars and pubs to close for two weeks from 6pm local time on April 3, 2020. The measure came as the city stepped up social distancing rules to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong orders bars and pubs to close amid Covid-19 pandemic
Hong Kong to ban overseas tourists and alcohol sales at thousands of bars and restaurants

Hong Kong will stop foreign tourists and transit arrivals to the city from March 25 and plans to ban on the sale of alcohol at more than 8,000 bars and restaurants, in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

24 Mar 2020 - 1:00AM

Hong Kong will stop foreign tourists and transit arrivals to the city from March 25 and plans to ban on the sale of alcohol at more than 8,000 bars and restaurants, in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Hong Kong to ban overseas tourists and alcohol sales at thousands of bars and restaurants
Hong Kong police hold anti-terrorism drill amid rising concerns of potential bomb attacks

Hong Kong police held an anti-terrorism drill on March 20, 2020, amid rising concerns of potential bomb attacks. The drill enacted scenarios where suspects placed improvised explosive devices in public places. It also involved personnel from several other public service departments, including fire and ambulance crews and immigration officers. 

20 Mar 2020 - 7:57PM

Hong Kong police held an anti-terrorism drill on March 20, 2020, amid rising concerns of potential bomb attacks. The drill enacted scenarios where suspects placed improvised explosive devices in public places. It also involved personnel from several other public service departments, including fire and ambulance crews and immigration officers. 

Hong Kong police hold anti-terrorism drill amid rising concerns of potential bomb attacks
Hong Kong officials to probe possible infection spread in city’s entertainment hub of Lan Kwai Fong

Hong Kong health officials say they will investigate the possible spread of infection in the bars, restaurants and gyms of Lan Kwai Fong after at least five coronavirus patients confirmed in the last two days had links to the nightlife hub, and as the city recorded 16 new cases on March 19.

19 Mar 2020 - 9:56PM

Hong Kong health officials say they will investigate the possible spread of infection in the bars, restaurants and gyms of Lan Kwai Fong after at least five coronavirus patients confirmed in the last two days had links to the nightlife hub, and as the city recorded 16 new cases on March 19.

Hong Kong officials to probe possible infection spread in city’s entertainment hub of Lan Kwai Fong
Coronavirus: How to greet someone without a handshake

With the Coronavirus sweeping the globe, health professionals have repeatedly asked people to minimise social contacts to help slow the spread of the deadly infection that causes Covid-19. Their advice includes a call for people to avoid greeting others with handshakes, hugs or kisses. Here are a few “alternative” greetings that are becoming increasingly common as the world tackles the coronavirus epidemic.

11 Mar 2020 - 5:40PM

With the Coronavirus sweeping the globe, health professionals have repeatedly asked people to minimise social contacts to help slow the spread of the deadly infection that causes Covid-19. Their advice includes a call for people to avoid greeting others with handshakes, hugs or kisses. Here are a few “alternative” greetings that are becoming increasingly common as the world tackles the coronavirus epidemic.

Coronavirus: How to greet someone without a handshake
The spirit of the Elvis Presley lives on in Hong Kong's ‘Melvis’

American singer Elvis Presley, also known as the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, died nearly 43 years ago. But his memory lives on in Hong Kong in the heart and soul of Kwok Lam-sang. Better known as “Melvis”, Kwok is one of the city’s busiest Elvis impersonators,  who for about 28 years has consistently been taking his sometimes quirky renditions of Presley’s songs to the city’s entertainment districts. Kwok says he rarely takes a day off, and is ready to keep the King’s memory alive in his performances as long as he is able to strap on a guitar and perform. 

9 Mar 2020 - 7:15AM

American singer Elvis Presley, also known as the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, died nearly 43 years ago. But his memory lives on in Hong Kong in the heart and soul of Kwok Lam-sang. Better known as “Melvis”, Kwok is one of the city’s busiest Elvis impersonators,  who for about 28 years has consistently been taking his sometimes quirky renditions of Presley’s songs to the city’s entertainment districts. Kwok says he rarely takes a day off, and is ready to keep the King’s memory alive in his performances as long as he is able to strap on a guitar and perform. 

The spirit of the Elvis Presley lives on in Hong Kong's ‘Melvis’
How are businesses and institutions in Hong Kong coping with the coronavirus outbreak?

Hong Kong’s economy has suffered its worst deficit in 15 years, and the city’s Financial Secretary Paul Chan has predicted further deficits for the next five years. The grim economic outlook underscored the impact of the coronavirus epidemic on businesses and institutions already suffering the effects of months of anti-government protests. But some businesses in the city are finding new opportunities amid the crisis.

28 Feb 2020 - 1:54PM

Hong Kong’s economy has suffered its worst deficit in 15 years, and the city’s Financial Secretary Paul Chan has predicted further deficits for the next five years. The grim economic outlook underscored the impact of the coronavirus epidemic on businesses and institutions already suffering the effects of months of anti-government protests. But some businesses in the city are finding new opportunities amid the crisis.

How are businesses and institutions in Hong Kong coping with the coronavirus outbreak?
Chinese hospitals deploy robots to help medical staff fight coronavirus outbreak

As China struggles to contain the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus, some hospitals in the country have deployed robots to help ease the workload for medical staff and reduce human contact to avoid cross-infection.

8 Feb 2020 - 5:56PM

As China struggles to contain the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus, some hospitals in the country have deployed robots to help ease the workload for medical staff and reduce human contact to avoid cross-infection.

Chinese hospitals deploy robots to help medical staff fight coronavirus outbreak
Singapore raises outbreak alert level after signs of community spread of coronavirus

Singapore has raised its outbreak alert level to the second-highest level after three new cases of coronavirus infection were confirmed, bringing its case total to 33 as of February 7, 2020. The latest people with the virus had no links to others who were ill and no history of recent travel to mainland China, indicating that there is now community spread of the novel coronavirus in the city state. The outbreak alert escalation sparked a shopping frenzy, as residents stocked up on items such as preserved food and disinfectant.

8 Feb 2020 - 5:42PM

Singapore has raised its outbreak alert level to the second-highest level after three new cases of coronavirus infection were confirmed, bringing its case total to 33 as of February 7, 2020. The latest people with the virus had no links to others who were ill and no history of recent travel to mainland China, indicating that there is now community spread of the novel coronavirus in the city state. The outbreak alert escalation sparked a shopping frenzy, as residents stocked up on items such as preserved food and disinfectant.

Singapore raises outbreak alert level after signs of community spread of coronavirus
Chinese-Canadians recall struggle to leave the Chinese city at epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak

After days working to secure diplomatic approval, an airplane chartered by the Canadian government has departed Wuhan, the central Chinese city at the epicentre of a global coronavirus outbreak. Canadian nationals Christopher Lan and Annie Wang described the challenges of getting on board the flight that left on February 6, 2020. They are heading to Canadian Forces Base Trenton, where they will be among 176 evacuees spending the next two weeks in quarantine.

7 Feb 2020 - 4:13PM

After days working to secure diplomatic approval, an airplane chartered by the Canadian government has departed Wuhan, the central Chinese city at the epicentre of a global coronavirus outbreak. Canadian nationals Christopher Lan and Annie Wang described the challenges of getting on board the flight that left on February 6, 2020. They are heading to Canadian Forces Base Trenton, where they will be among 176 evacuees spending the next two weeks in quarantine.

Chinese-Canadians recall struggle to leave the Chinese city at epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak
Macau casinos will close for at least two weeks after hotel worker found with coronavirus infection

Casinos will close for 15 days in Macau to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus after a hotel worker was locally infected. The city’s leader said on February 4, 2020, that the shutdown order would begin at midnight and will apply to 18 types of premises including bars, cinemas and massage parlours, as well as the casinos which are the lifeblood of Macau’s economy.

5 Feb 2020 - 5:11PM

Casinos will close for 15 days in Macau to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus after a hotel worker was locally infected. The city’s leader said on February 4, 2020, that the shutdown order would begin at midnight and will apply to 18 types of premises including bars, cinemas and massage parlours, as well as the casinos which are the lifeblood of Macau’s economy.

Macau casinos will close for at least two weeks after hotel worker found with coronavirus infection
New coronavirus deaths and cases in China reach record daily highs

Confirmed cases and deaths from the new coronavirus have hit record daily levels in China. 11,791 cases have been confirmed in 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions as of Friday according to the Chinese health authority. New deaths have brought the nationwide toll to 259. Authorities in China’s coronavirus epicentre of Hubei province reported 45 new deaths from the illness and 1,347 new confirmed cases on Saturday – both daily record highs.

1 Feb 2020 - 6:52PM

Confirmed cases and deaths from the new coronavirus have hit record daily levels in China. 11,791 cases have been confirmed in 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions as of Friday according to the Chinese health authority. New deaths have brought the nationwide toll to 259. Authorities in China’s coronavirus epicentre of Hubei province reported 45 new deaths from the illness and 1,347 new confirmed cases on Saturday – both daily record highs.

New coronavirus deaths and cases in China reach record daily highs
Hongkongers prepare to hunker down as coronavirus fears grow

The number of people on Hong Kong streets has dropped significantly as the  coronavirus outbreak has spread. Residents are also queuing for surgical masks and groceries amid fears of supply shortage.

31 Jan 2020 - 8:36PM

The number of people on Hong Kong streets has dropped significantly as the  coronavirus outbreak has spread. Residents are also queuing for surgical masks and groceries amid fears of supply shortage.

Hongkongers prepare to hunker down as coronavirus fears grow
Living in limbo: The life of an asylum seeker in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has long been a favoured destination for refugees, drawn by the city’s relatively wide access to international travel and reputation as a safe place to live. But Hong Kong has yet to sign the 1951 UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, so those seeking asylum must often wait for months, or even years before officials can decide whether their refugee claims are genuine or not. Since they have no right to secure employment while waiting, the asylum seekers must learn to survive in one of the world’s most expensive cities with a monthly government subsidy of about HK$3,000 (US$390) and charity donations. 

10 Mar 2020 - 10:14AM

Hong Kong has long been a favoured destination for refugees, drawn by the city’s relatively wide access to international travel and reputation as a safe place to live. But Hong Kong has yet to sign the 1951 UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, so those seeking asylum must often wait for months, or even years before officials can decide whether their refugee claims are genuine or not. Since they have no right to secure employment while waiting, the asylum seekers must learn to survive in one of the world’s most expensive cities with a monthly government subsidy of about HK$3,000 (US$390) and charity donations. 

Living in limbo: The life of an asylum seeker in Hong Kong
Inside St Joseph’s College: Hong Kong’s historic school for boys

Founded in 1875, St Joseph’s College is a historic Catholic school for boys in Hong Kong. Some of the colonial-era, pre-World War II structures on its campus are declared monuments by the Hong Kong government giving them statutory protection. The school’s principal Perrick Ching offered a tour as the 145-year-old school embarks on a HK$500 million (US$64.3 million) facelift for the first time in decades.

22 Jan 2020 - 6:32PM

Founded in 1875, St Joseph’s College is a historic Catholic school for boys in Hong Kong. Some of the colonial-era, pre-World War II structures on its campus are declared monuments by the Hong Kong government giving them statutory protection. The school’s principal Perrick Ching offered a tour as the 145-year-old school embarks on a HK$500 million (US$64.3 million) facelift for the first time in decades.

Inside St Joseph’s College: Hong Kong’s historic school for boys
China confirms new coronavirus can be transmitted between humans

There is increasing concern over a new coronavirus that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, after officials confirmed cases of human-to-human transmission. The virus has killed at least six people and infected almost 300. But as China enters its peak travel season, hundreds of millions of people are rushing home for the Lunar New Year, leading health experts to predict the number of infections will rise. Chinese President Xi Jinping has meanwhile called on officials to do everything they can to contain the virus.

21 Jan 2020 - 9:44PM

There is increasing concern over a new coronavirus that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, after officials confirmed cases of human-to-human transmission. The virus has killed at least six people and infected almost 300. But as China enters its peak travel season, hundreds of millions of people are rushing home for the Lunar New Year, leading health experts to predict the number of infections will rise. Chinese President Xi Jinping has meanwhile called on officials to do everything they can to contain the virus.

China confirms new coronavirus can be transmitted between humans