Jack Lau

Jack Lau

Graduate trainee

Jack joined the Post in 2020 after studying journalism at the University of Hong Kong. Before that, he read law in London and Hong Kong, where he assisted with research in Chinese legal institutions and civil dispute resolution.

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Coronavirus: apart from Wuhan, China’s death rates didn’t rise at start of pandemic, study finds

But in the first three months of 2020, mortality rates in Wuhan were 56 per cent higher than estimates based on average in previous years.

25 Feb 2021 - 7:58AM

But in the first three months of 2020, mortality rates in Wuhan were 56 per cent higher than estimates based on average in previous years.

Coronavirus: apart from Wuhan, China’s death rates didn’t rise at start of pandemic, study finds
Coronavirus: train travel down but freight surges as Chinese stay home for Lunar New Year holiday

Railway passenger traffic drops nearly 70 per cent in first 15 days of the Lunar New Year travel rush, when hundreds of millions usually visit their families, amid restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19.

22 Feb 2021 - 10:34AM

Railway passenger traffic drops nearly 70 per cent in first 15 days of the Lunar New Year travel rush, when hundreds of millions usually visit their families, amid restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Coronavirus: train travel down but freight surges as Chinese stay home for Lunar New Year holiday
Pandemic leaves Hong Kong’s ‘Ginza-style’ retail towers half empty as bars, restaurants struggle for survival

A ban on evening dine-in services to contain infections has brought many of the city’s restaurants, cafes and bars to breaking point and left them unable to pay the rent.

5 Feb 2021 - 9:24AM

A ban on evening dine-in services to contain infections has brought many of the city’s restaurants, cafes and bars to breaking point and left them unable to pay the rent.

Pandemic leaves Hong Kong’s ‘Ginza-style’ retail towers half empty as bars, restaurants struggle for survival
China’s NEV market: top five cities with the highest sales of new-energy trucks and vans in 2020

Shenzhen topped all Chinese cities with the highest sales of new energy trucks and vans last year, accounting for more than a fifth of national volume. Chengdu in southwestern Sichuan province was a distant second.

2 Feb 2021 - 6:00PM

Shenzhen topped all Chinese cities with the highest sales of new energy trucks and vans last year, accounting for more than a fifth of national volume. Chengdu in southwestern Sichuan province was a distant second.

China’s NEV market: top five cities with the highest sales of new-energy trucks and vans in 2020
Myanmar coup’s impact on Hong Kong economy limited, business groups say

The future of Hong Kong investments in Myanmar was uncertain following a military coup on Monday, but its impact on the city’s economy would be limited, business groups and industry watchers have said.

2 Feb 2021 - 7:34AM

The future of Hong Kong investments in Myanmar was uncertain following a military coup on Monday, but its impact on the city’s economy would be limited, business groups and industry watchers have said.

Myanmar coup’s impact on Hong Kong economy limited, business groups say
China’s vast opportunities in health care attract global telemedicine firms to world’s second-largest market

Personal connections or business networking remain a barrier for foreign telemedicine companies seeking a toehold in the world’s second-largest health care market, according to Singapore-based DocDoc.

2 Feb 2021 - 9:05AM

Personal connections or business networking remain a barrier for foreign telemedicine companies seeking a toehold in the world’s second-largest health care market, according to Singapore-based DocDoc.

China’s vast opportunities in health care attract global telemedicine firms to world’s second-largest market
Wheelock’s Monaco project in Kai Tak receives lukewarm response as developers look to end January on a high

As many as 1,800 new homes could be sold in January, with buyers already snapping up 1,116 new flats in the first 28 days of the month.

30 Jan 2021 - 3:03AM

As many as 1,800 new homes could be sold in January, with buyers already snapping up 1,116 new flats in the first 28 days of the month.

Wheelock’s Monaco project in Kai Tak receives lukewarm response as developers look to end January on a high
Online luxury retailer Mytheresa eyes China expansion with tailored shopping experience for wealthy consumers

Getting fully attuned to Chinese consumer behaviour is the key to brand growth in the US$236.6 billion market, says CEO.

29 Jan 2021 - 10:59PM

Getting fully attuned to Chinese consumer behaviour is the key to brand growth in the US$236.6 billion market, says CEO.

Online luxury retailer Mytheresa eyes China expansion with tailored shopping experience for wealthy consumers
Li Ka-shing-backed start-up Perfect Day launches Asia’s first animal-free dairy ice cream in Hong Kong

Perfect Day has partnered with Hong Kong’s Igloo Dessert Bar to launch vegan ice cream that uses whey protein developed by fermentation instead of animal protein.

26 Jan 2021 - 8:00PM

Perfect Day has partnered with Hong Kong’s Igloo Dessert Bar to launch vegan ice cream that uses whey protein developed by fermentation instead of animal protein.

Li Ka-shing-backed start-up Perfect Day launches Asia’s first animal-free dairy ice cream in Hong Kong
Data centres, logistics assets to gain more allocation from investors as Covid-19 amplifies supply deficit

Faster adoption of e-commerce has boosted the appeal of data centres and logistics properties as supply deficit grows, according to property analysts.

26 Jan 2021 - 11:26AM

Faster adoption of e-commerce has boosted the appeal of data centres and logistics properties as supply deficit grows, according to property analysts.

Data centres, logistics assets to gain more allocation from investors as Covid-19 amplifies supply deficit
Greater Bay Area: Guangzhou lures young Hong Kong entrepreneurs to start businesses with rent waivers, subsidies

The city is attracting young Hongkongers by offering generous subsidies on business costs, access to trade officials and a favourable environment to raise capital.

24 Jan 2021 - 10:59PM

The city is attracting young Hongkongers by offering generous subsidies on business costs, access to trade officials and a favourable environment to raise capital.

Greater Bay Area: Guangzhou lures young Hong Kong entrepreneurs to start businesses with rent waivers, subsidies
Hong Kong homebuyers defy broken economy, surging unemployment, snapping up flats at Wheelock’s Monaco project in Kai Tak

The second round of sales at Wheelock’s Monaco project saw almost all of the 133 units on offer taken within a few hours, belying concerns that sky-high unemployment might undermine demand.

22 Jan 2021 - 9:28AM

The second round of sales at Wheelock’s Monaco project saw almost all of the 133 units on offer taken within a few hours, belying concerns that sky-high unemployment might undermine demand.

Hong Kong homebuyers defy broken economy, surging unemployment, snapping up flats at Wheelock’s Monaco project in Kai Tak
China’s yuan replaces US dollar as most used currency in Greater Bay Area: central bank

The yuan replaced the US dollar as the most used currency in transactions in the Greater Bay Area development zone, a local branch of the country’s central bank said.

16 Jan 2021 - 12:00PM

The yuan replaced the US dollar as the most used currency in transactions in the Greater Bay Area development zone, a local branch of the country’s central bank said.

China’s yuan replaces US dollar as most used currency in Greater Bay Area: central bank
Hong Kong shop owners seek higher prices after scrapping of double stamp duty

Hong Kong shop owners are more likely to stand firm on asking prices, as they expect investors to flood the market after the city scrapped the double stamp duty for non-residential property, investors and property agents said.

12 Jan 2021 - 8:19PM

Hong Kong shop owners are more likely to stand firm on asking prices, as they expect investors to flood the market after the city scrapped the double stamp duty for non-residential property, investors and property agents said.

Hong Kong shop owners seek higher prices after scrapping of double stamp duty
Mainland China’s tariffs may see cheaper Australian wines destined for Hong Kong after Lunar New Year, merchants say

Some discounts may be seen after the Lunar New Year as distributors unwilling to pay mainland China’s hefty new tariffs decide to divert their inventory to Hong Kong instead.

10 Jan 2021 - 9:15PM

Some discounts may be seen after the Lunar New Year as distributors unwilling to pay mainland China’s hefty new tariffs decide to divert their inventory to Hong Kong instead.

Mainland China’s tariffs may see cheaper Australian wines destined for Hong Kong after Lunar New Year, merchants say
Snake sanctuary at monastery in Myanmar is how Buddhist monk is saving reptiles from smugglers

 A Buddhist monk in Yangon, Myanmar, has turned his monastery into a sanctuary for snakes which are in danger of being killed or smuggled overseas as food or for use in traditional Chinese medicine. After he started rescuing the reptiles from the black market five years ago, 69-year-old Wilatha has collected dozens of snakes, from pythons and vipers to cobras, which now call the Seikta Thukha TetOo monastery home.
 

9 Dec 2020 - 9:15AM

 A Buddhist monk in Yangon, Myanmar, has turned his monastery into a sanctuary for snakes which are in danger of being killed or smuggled overseas as food or for use in traditional Chinese medicine. After he started rescuing the reptiles from the black market five years ago, 69-year-old Wilatha has collected dozens of snakes, from pythons and vipers to cobras, which now call the Seikta Thukha TetOo monastery home.
 

Snake sanctuary at monastery in Myanmar is how Buddhist monk is saving reptiles from smugglers
China’s Chang’e 5 spacecraft waits for best trajectory to return to Earth

The uncrewed Chang’e 5 probe is ready to return to Earth after performing China’s first automatic rendezvous and docking in lunar orbit at 5.42am Beijing time on December 6, 2020. The Chang’e 5’s lunar ascender carried samples that were taken on the moon on December 2, and docked to an orbiter to transfer the lunar material. The orbiter is now waiting for the best moment to return to Earth.

7 Dec 2020 - 4:21PM

The uncrewed Chang’e 5 probe is ready to return to Earth after performing China’s first automatic rendezvous and docking in lunar orbit at 5.42am Beijing time on December 6, 2020. The Chang’e 5’s lunar ascender carried samples that were taken on the moon on December 2, and docked to an orbiter to transfer the lunar material. The orbiter is now waiting for the best moment to return to Earth.

China’s Chang’e 5 spacecraft waits for best trajectory to return to Earth
Coronavirus pandemic: Wuhan residents bear ‘permanent scars’ one year after start of outbreak

Relatives of Wuhan residents who died during the world’s first reported outbreak of Covid-19 were struggling to cope with their loss as the first anniversary of the epidemic approached. The former epicentre of what is now a global pandemic went into a two-month lockdown during 2020 Lunar New Year festivities to curb the spread of the coronavirus which appeared in late 2019. While Wuhan and the rest of China have largely contained Covid-19, the pain lingers for families who lost loved ones to the disease. 
 

4 Dec 2020 - 11:39PM

Relatives of Wuhan residents who died during the world’s first reported outbreak of Covid-19 were struggling to cope with their loss as the first anniversary of the epidemic approached. The former epicentre of what is now a global pandemic went into a two-month lockdown during 2020 Lunar New Year festivities to curb the spread of the coronavirus which appeared in late 2019. While Wuhan and the rest of China have largely contained Covid-19, the pain lingers for families who lost loved ones to the disease. 
 

Coronavirus pandemic: Wuhan residents bear ‘permanent scars’ one year after start of outbreak
Japanese train station releases Merlot wine from grapes grown on platform vineyard

A train station in central Japan with a platform that doubles as a vineyard is celebrating after producing grapes for “Shiojiri Station Merlot” that went on sale for the first time in November 2020. The unique operation was started by the city of Shiojiri in 1988 to promote its wine culture. Visitors have been braving the pandemic to sample the fruit of the vines tended by local winegrowers and volunteers.

2 Dec 2020 - 2:38PM

A train station in central Japan with a platform that doubles as a vineyard is celebrating after producing grapes for “Shiojiri Station Merlot” that went on sale for the first time in November 2020. The unique operation was started by the city of Shiojiri in 1988 to promote its wine culture. Visitors have been braving the pandemic to sample the fruit of the vines tended by local winegrowers and volunteers.

Japanese train station releases Merlot wine from grapes grown on platform vineyard
Shanghai marathon runs as scheduled as coronavirus pandemic cancels other races around the world

Shanghai’s annual marathon went ahead as scheduled on November 29, 2020, but because of the coronavirus pandemic the field was capped at 9,000 runners, 29,000 fewer than the number who took part in the 2019 edition. The 10km and 5.5km races were also cancelled to reduce the chances of a local outbreak. Shanghai reported only seven local Covid-19 infections in the month of November.

2 Dec 2020 - 2:45PM

Shanghai’s annual marathon went ahead as scheduled on November 29, 2020, but because of the coronavirus pandemic the field was capped at 9,000 runners, 29,000 fewer than the number who took part in the 2019 edition. The 10km and 5.5km races were also cancelled to reduce the chances of a local outbreak. Shanghai reported only seven local Covid-19 infections in the month of November.

Shanghai marathon runs as scheduled as coronavirus pandemic cancels other races around the world
Relics unearthed from tomb in northwest China underscore county’s role as hub on ancient Silk Road

Newly unearthed relics in a tomb in Dulan county in China’s northwestern province of Qinghai showed the area’s importance as a trade hub along the Silk Road, an ancient trade route connecting Europe and China. The relics were believed to be from the 8th century, or the middle of the Tang dynasty. Emergency excavations were started at the site in 2018 after 646 relics were stolen from the tomb. The archaeological team has since discovered more than 1,000 pieces in Xuewei Tomb No 1.

30 Nov 2020 - 4:20PM

Newly unearthed relics in a tomb in Dulan county in China’s northwestern province of Qinghai showed the area’s importance as a trade hub along the Silk Road, an ancient trade route connecting Europe and China. The relics were believed to be from the 8th century, or the middle of the Tang dynasty. Emergency excavations were started at the site in 2018 after 646 relics were stolen from the tomb. The archaeological team has since discovered more than 1,000 pieces in Xuewei Tomb No 1.

Relics unearthed from tomb in northwest China underscore county’s role as hub on ancient Silk Road
Coronavirus: Egyptian man invents robot nurse he says will lower infection rates of hospital workers

Mahmoud el-Komy, a 26-year-old mechatronics engineer from Egypt, has invented a robot health care worker to reduce the chance of infection among frontline hospital workers. The robot named Cira-03 can be remote-controlled and can reportedly take blood tests, perform cardiac ultrasounds and take X-rays.

27 Nov 2020 - 7:36PM

Mahmoud el-Komy, a 26-year-old mechatronics engineer from Egypt, has invented a robot health care worker to reduce the chance of infection among frontline hospital workers. The robot named Cira-03 can be remote-controlled and can reportedly take blood tests, perform cardiac ultrasounds and take X-rays.

Coronavirus: Egyptian man invents robot nurse he says will lower infection rates of hospital workers
China space control juggling with at least three space missions since Chang’e 5 launch

Since the launch of the Chang’e 5 probe on November 24, 2020, Beijing Aerospace Flight Control Centre has found itself having to monitor the progress of “quite a few” spacecraft, including the lunar lander and rover of Chang’e 4 and the Tianwen 1 probe heading to Mars. The first module of the Tiangong space station, which is planned to be launched in 2021, will add to the list of spacecraft controlled from the Beijing centre.

27 Nov 2020 - 4:25PM

Since the launch of the Chang’e 5 probe on November 24, 2020, Beijing Aerospace Flight Control Centre has found itself having to monitor the progress of “quite a few” spacecraft, including the lunar lander and rover of Chang’e 4 and the Tianwen 1 probe heading to Mars. The first module of the Tiangong space station, which is planned to be launched in 2021, will add to the list of spacecraft controlled from the Beijing centre.

China space control juggling with at least three space missions since Chang’e 5 launch
Smart masks from Singapore can help monitor patients for signs of illness including Covid-19

Researchers in Singapore have developed a smart mask with sensors that can detect a wearer’s vital signs, including blood oxygen saturation, blood pressure, heart rate and skin temperature. The data can be used to watch for potential illnesses, including Covid-19. Researchers at Nanyang Technological University and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research said their invention could help health care providers remotely monitor the conditions of their patients as well as help prevent frontline workers from being infected.

26 Nov 2020 - 4:39PM

Researchers in Singapore have developed a smart mask with sensors that can detect a wearer’s vital signs, including blood oxygen saturation, blood pressure, heart rate and skin temperature. The data can be used to watch for potential illnesses, including Covid-19. Researchers at Nanyang Technological University and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research said their invention could help health care providers remotely monitor the conditions of their patients as well as help prevent frontline workers from being infected.

Smart masks from Singapore can help monitor patients for signs of illness including Covid-19
Deaths of South Korean couriers blamed on overwork during pandemic delivery boom

South Korea is experiencing a delivery boom driven by the coronavirus pandemic. But the business benefits come at a sobering cost to the sector, which has seen as many as fifteen delivery workers dying as of mid-November 2020. Families of those who died said extreme overwork had harmed the health of the workers.

25 Nov 2020 - 6:08PM

South Korea is experiencing a delivery boom driven by the coronavirus pandemic. But the business benefits come at a sobering cost to the sector, which has seen as many as fifteen delivery workers dying as of mid-November 2020. Families of those who died said extreme overwork had harmed the health of the workers.

Deaths of South Korean couriers blamed on overwork during pandemic delivery boom
Woman trapped in 30-metre-deep well in northern China sparks tense rescue drama

A five-hour rescue drama unfolded in the city of Xingtai in the northern Chinese province of Hebei when a woman fell into a 30-metre-deep (98ft) well on November 20, 2020. Firefighters rushed to the scene after getting a call from a local farmer about the plight of the woman who is reportedly about 50 years of age. The well was made from a concrete pipe with a diameter of only about 30cm (1ft).

25 Nov 2020 - 1:21PM

A five-hour rescue drama unfolded in the city of Xingtai in the northern Chinese province of Hebei when a woman fell into a 30-metre-deep (98ft) well on November 20, 2020. Firefighters rushed to the scene after getting a call from a local farmer about the plight of the woman who is reportedly about 50 years of age. The well was made from a concrete pipe with a diameter of only about 30cm (1ft).

Woman trapped in 30-metre-deep well in northern China sparks tense rescue drama
‘World’s loneliest elephant’ gets farewell party before leaving Pakistan for Cambodia

Known as the “world’s loneliest elephant”, Kaavan has bid farewell to Pakistan with a party at Islamabad Zoo in Pakistan on November 23, 2020. Pakistan’s only Asian elephant, Kaavan was overweight and suffering from mental illnesses while chained up in the zoo in the Pakistani capital. His plight sparked an international outcry about conditions at the zoo, and after more than 200,000 people signed a petition, a court ruled that Kaavan could be moved to a sanctuary in Cambodia, where he will be heading to on November 29.

24 Nov 2020 - 5:01PM

Known as the “world’s loneliest elephant”, Kaavan has bid farewell to Pakistan with a party at Islamabad Zoo in Pakistan on November 23, 2020. Pakistan’s only Asian elephant, Kaavan was overweight and suffering from mental illnesses while chained up in the zoo in the Pakistani capital. His plight sparked an international outcry about conditions at the zoo, and after more than 200,000 people signed a petition, a court ruled that Kaavan could be moved to a sanctuary in Cambodia, where he will be heading to on November 29.

‘World’s loneliest elephant’ gets farewell party before leaving Pakistan for Cambodia
Thousands of protesters in Taiwan rally against imports of US pork with controversial additive

Thousands of people in Taiwan’s capital Taipei have joined an annual demonstration against the easing of restrictions against imports of American pork which contain a controversial food additive. Meat which contains ractopamine is banned in the European Union and in mainland China because of fears about potential harm to humans. Taiwan has announced it would allow imports of pork with traces of the additive from January 1, 2021. The eased policy only applies to imports, and local farmers will still be banned from using ractopamine, which is used as a feed additive to promote leanness and increase an animal’s ability to convert food efficiently. Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen said in August that allowing US pork imports with the additive would lead to closer economic ties between Washington and Taipei.

23 Nov 2020 - 7:50PM

Thousands of people in Taiwan’s capital Taipei have joined an annual demonstration against the easing of restrictions against imports of American pork which contain a controversial food additive. Meat which contains ractopamine is banned in the European Union and in mainland China because of fears about potential harm to humans. Taiwan has announced it would allow imports of pork with traces of the additive from January 1, 2021. The eased policy only applies to imports, and local farmers will still be banned from using ractopamine, which is used as a feed additive to promote leanness and increase an animal’s ability to convert food efficiently. Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen said in August that allowing US pork imports with the additive would lead to closer economic ties between Washington and Taipei.

Thousands of protesters in Taiwan rally against imports of US pork with controversial additive
Coronavirus: conservationists shocked by return from secluded island to world in Covid-19 pandemic

Four volunteers who went to do environmental work on a remote Hawaiian atoll nearly nine months ago are now coping with a new normal after returning to a world struggling to bring the Covid-19 pandemic under control. In February 2020, they sailed to the Kure Atoll on the northern edge of an uninhabited part of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. With information from the outside world only coming in through occasional emails and satellite text messages, they were unprepared for what they would find when they returned in November. Now under quarantine in Honolulu, the capital of the US state of Hawaii, one member of the group said the sight of masked children nearby seemed “totally apocalyptic”.

21 Nov 2020 - 8:00PM

Four volunteers who went to do environmental work on a remote Hawaiian atoll nearly nine months ago are now coping with a new normal after returning to a world struggling to bring the Covid-19 pandemic under control. In February 2020, they sailed to the Kure Atoll on the northern edge of an uninhabited part of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. With information from the outside world only coming in through occasional emails and satellite text messages, they were unprepared for what they would find when they returned in November. Now under quarantine in Honolulu, the capital of the US state of Hawaii, one member of the group said the sight of masked children nearby seemed “totally apocalyptic”.

Coronavirus: conservationists shocked by return from secluded island to world in Covid-19 pandemic
Thai protesters direct anger against police after violent clash near parliament

Thai protesters returned to the streets of the capital Bangkok on November 18, 2020, vandalising police headquarters to voice anger about officers’ use of tear gas and water cannons the previous day. On November 17, at least 55 people were injured including several who were shot, during some of the most violent clashes seen during months of recent civil unrest in Thailand. Protesters are also angry at lawmakers who rejected proposed constitutional amendments related to the role of the monarchy in Thailand.

19 Nov 2020 - 5:11PM

Thai protesters returned to the streets of the capital Bangkok on November 18, 2020, vandalising police headquarters to voice anger about officers’ use of tear gas and water cannons the previous day. On November 17, at least 55 people were injured including several who were shot, during some of the most violent clashes seen during months of recent civil unrest in Thailand. Protesters are also angry at lawmakers who rejected proposed constitutional amendments related to the role of the monarchy in Thailand.

Thai protesters direct anger against police after violent clash near parliament