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John Lee Ka-chiu, a former policeman, was elected Hong Kong's chief executive in 2022.

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After top US official says US-sanctioned leader would not have been welcomed in the country, Chief Executive’s Office says it’s ‘indisputable fact’ he received invitation to attend gathering.

Hong Kong is ideally placed to serve as a bridge between China and the Middle East, with the city’s capital market and government’s focus on tech and innovation acting as catalysts, FII conference participants say.

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Fang Jianming, deputy commissioner of China’s foreign ministry arm in city, says locally based centre of Asian-African Legal Consultative Organisation a major plus.

About 90 per cent of flats on offer this weekend at Yoho West, a joint project between SHKP and MTR Corp, are expected to be sold, according to agency estimates.

Government is hoping to tap into wealthy Middle Eastern markets and diversify Hong Kong’s economy after three years of pandemic curbs and uneasy US-China ties.

Adjustment of requirements for tenants of transitional housing aims ‘to promote fertility and create a childbearing environment’, government spokesman says.

Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry says one stop shop for biomedical trials would mean end to ‘lack of communication’ between different bodies.

City leader John Lee says regulator powers may be bolstered, after watchdog explains it cannot close Hounax platform at centre of alleged HK$148 million scam.

Zheng Yanxiong, director of central government’s liaison office, tells Hong Kong Financial Forum city’s international character is the source of its confidence.

With US-sanctioned leader unable to attend, finance chief went in his place, allowing city to show dignity in face of US derision and its keenness to repair ties, experts say.

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City leader John Lee says overhaul of municipal bodies will help the government better understand people’s needs, calls on civil servants to lead by example and vote.