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Mainland Chinese visitors drive HK’s tourist numbers to record high of 65.1 million

01-Feb-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM

Mainland Chinese visitors were the driving force that pushed Hong Kong’s tourist arrivals to a record high of 65.1 million last year, even as the Tourism Board rolled [...] » More

China, HK stocks get boost after mainland PMI tops estimates, Fed pauses on rates, trade talks get under way

01-Feb-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index advanced Thursday morning and briefly topped the 28,000 mark for the first time in four months, after the US Federal Reserve kept rates [...] » More

Policy U-turns and a cash handout debacle: why is HK leader Carrie Lam’s year off to such a rough start?

01-Feb-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM

A charitable reading of Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s recent remark that she was a 61-year-old woman putting in more than 10 hours of work every day was that she meant [...] » More

Four major HK figures recognised by Beijing as ‘friends of diplomacy’ in inaugural award ceremony

01-Feb-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM

Four Hong Kong business figures and professionals were recognised by Beijing as “friends of diplomacy” at the foreign ministry’s inaugural award [...] » More

HK man who tried to lure girl, 8, home with HK$200 jailed for six months

01-Feb-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM

A Hong Kong service station worker who tried to lure an eight-year-old girl to his home with HK$200 (US$25) was sentenced to six months in prison on Thursday. Eastern Court [...] » More

China and HK stocks swing on outlook for trade talks, rates and earnings

31-Jan-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM

Chinese and Hong Kong stocks swung between gains and losses Wednesday as traders sorted through a platter of rapidly approaching market-moving news: the US-China trade talks, [...] » More

HK gifts Pakistan a culinary star

31-Jan-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

A pair of his father’s old tandoor ovens helped Hong Kong restaurateur Asim Hussain achieve a dreamthe world’s first Michelin star for a Pakistani restaurant, an [...] » More

Beijing says no to HK leader’s plan to strengthen city’s anti-corruption laws to encompass gifts to chief executive

31-Jan-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM

China’s central government has rejected a plan by Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to tighten the city’s anti-corruption laws and ensure that all gifts [...] » More

HK doctors at inquest say death of 14-month-old baby boy after eye surgery was result of ‘extremely rare’ complications

31-Jan-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM

A 14-month-old infant in Hong Kong might have suffered from “extremely rare” complications that caused his death after a simple eye surgery, doctors said in an [...] » More

HK’s short-lived property price decline is just about over, analysts say

31-Jan-2019 Intellasia | CNBC | 6:00 AM

Residential property prices in crowded Hong Kong are poised to rise again after a short correction, analysts say. Swiss Bank UBS last year listed Hong Kong as the city with [...] » More

HK bar manager jailed for selling coupons to customers that allowed them to touch Thai women’s breasts in dice game

31-Jan-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM

A Hong Kong woman was jailed for eight months on Wednesday for managing a bar where customers could use HK$20 (US$2.50) coupons to redeem intimate exchanges with Thai women. [...] » More

HK to offer more drop-in boxes for cash handout scheme in response to complaints over complicated application process

31-Jan-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM

To make it easier to apply for and collect a government cash handout, Hong Kong authorities are offering more drop-in boxes for the scheme, following a public outcry over the [...] » More

HK tops ‘economic freedom’ chart despite political pressure from Beijing

31-Jan-2019 Intellasia | CNBC | 6:00 AM

* In an annual ranking of the Index of Economic Freedom, Hong Kong has come out on top for the 25th year in a row. * That’s despite the city coming under increasing [...] » More

HK hospital support staff protest against manpower shortages in wards during flu season

31-Jan-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM

Support staff at public hospitals who do orderly work such as changing diapers and washing patients staged a protest on Wednesday decrying insufficient manpower to handle the [...] » More

HK leader Carrie Lam shrugs off calls to quit but pledges to shed elitist mindset

31-Jan-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor shrugged off calls on Wednesday for her resignation, but promised to reflect on intense criticism over her government’s [...] » More