Collectors and dealers descend on Hong Kong for annual Art Basel

By Carmel Yang HONG KONG, Mar 27 : Art dealers, collectors and gallery owners gather in Hong Kong for the annual Art Basel exhibition this week at a time when fairs are increasingly driving growth in the sector and collectors from across Asia are flocking to the financial hub. Asia, which accounts for 23 percent […]

Hong Kong democratic opposition fails to regain veto power in legislature

By Venus Wu and James Pomfret HONG KONG, March 12 : Hong Kong’s pro-democracy camp failed on Monday to regain some veto power in the city’s legislature in a pivotal by-election, struggling to draw what they hoped would be protest votes against creeping control from Communist Party rulers in Beijing. The democrats won only two […]

Hong Kong democrats seek to recapture lost ground in by-elections

By James Pomfret HONG KONG, March 11 : Low early turnout in Hong Kong by-elections on Sunday raised alarms in the city’s pro-democracy camp while some voters also voiced concerns over Hong Kong’s future in the wake of news that Chinese President Xi Jinping could stay in power indefinitely. Only one-third of the city’s 2.1 […]

Hong Kong democrats seek to recapture lost ground in key by-elections

By James Pomfret HONG KONG, Mar 11 : Polling kicked off across Hong Kong in crucial by-elections on Sunday, with opposition democrats urging the city’s 2.1 million eligible voters to cast “protest” ballots against perceived meddling from China’s Communist Party rulers. The by-elections will fill four legislative council seats once held by pro-democracy lawmakers who […]

Hong Kong court rules pro-independence stance must bar standing for election

By Venus Wu and Pak Yiu HONG KONG, Feb 13 : Hong Kong’s High Court on Tuesday ruled in favour of barring a pro-independence activist from standing in an election, saying it is “fundamental” for lawmakers to accept the city as an inalienable part of China. The former British colony, which returned to China in […]

European Union flags concern after Hong Kong bars election candidate

By Venus Wu HONG KONG, Jan 30 : The European Union on Tuesday criticised the Hong Kong government’s decision to bar a 21-year-old activist from standing for election, saying it contradicted an international human rights treaty and risked hurting the city’s reputation. Agnes Chow, a close ally of student protest leader Joshua Wong, was officially […]