1832 Jardine Matheson was
founded as a trading house in Hong Kong.
(Econ, 6/30/07, SR p.13)
1838 Obscure oil paintings show
a sophisticated irrigation system on the Island.
(SFEC, 11/10/96, p.A18)
1839 Aug 23, The British
captured Hong Kong from China.
1841 Jan 20, The Convention of
Chuenpi ceded the island of Hong Kong to Great Britain from China as
part of the concessions from the Opium War. It became a capitalist
bastion as opposed to the rest of China. The British won the first
Opium War and forced China to open markets to foreign trade. Britain
soon established a formal police force commanded mostly by British
officers. Hong Kong returned to Chinese control in July 1997.
p.A-1)(SFEC, 11/10/96, Par p.14)(SFC, 3/11/97, p.A12)(SFC, 7/1/97,
p.A8)(AP, 1/20/98)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R49)(WSJ, 2/2/04, p.A12)
1841 Jan 26, Britain formally
occupied Hong Kong, which the Chinese had ceded to the British.
1841 Britain’s Royal Mail set
up a postal service for Hong Kong.
(Econ, 10/24/15, p.42)
1842 Aug 29, Britain &
China signed the Treaty of Nanking and ended the Opium war. The
Treaty of Nanking opened the port of Shanghai to foreigners. The
1997 Chinese film "The Opium War" was directed by Xie Jin. It was
about the events leading up to the Treaty of Nanking. The treaty of
Nanking ceded Hong Kong Island to Britain in perpetuity.
(AMNHDT, 5/98)(SFC, 5/20/98,
1842 Jardine, Matheson &
Co., founded in Canton in 1832, built the first substantial house
and established their head office on the recently acquired island of
Hong Kong. This began an era of increased prosperity and expansion.
1843 Apr 5, Queen Victoria
proclaimed Hong Kong a British crown colony.
1843 Jun 26, Hong Kong was
proclaimed a British Crown Colony. [see Apr 5]
1844 Elias David Sassoon
(1820-1880), an Indian merchant born in Baghdad, opened a branch of
the family business in Hong Kong. He was the second son of David
Sassoon, an Iraqi-Indian philanthropist Jewish businessman involved
in trade in India and the Far East.
1850 In Hong Kong the Lane
Crawford department store first opened.
(Econ, 6/8/13, p.65)
1856-1858 The 2nd Anglo-Chinese Opium War.
(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A8)
1855-1910 History: Picturing Hong Kong:
1857 Cheong Ah Lum, the
colony’s foremost baker, so hated the Britons that he tried to
poison 400 of the most important gwailos with arsenic laced bread.
No one died but many got sick.
(SFEC, 11/10/96, p.A18)
1860 In the Convention of
Peking China ceded the Kowloon Peninsula to Britain for all time.
(SFC, 3/11/97, p.A12)(SFEC, 6/22/97, p.A14)(SFC,
1861 The British firm
Butterfield & Swire began trading in Hong Kong and China.
(Econ, 6/30/07, SR p.13)
1865 Mar, Thomas Sutherland of
Scotland founded the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation
(HSBC) to finance the growing trade between China and Europe.
It established the Shanghai branch on April 3, 1865.
1888 A funicular railway,
cable-based with counter-balanced up and down cars, was built to
ascend Hong Kong's 1,300 foot Victoria Peak.
(SFC, 2/10/04, p.A22)
1892 Sun Yat-Sen (d.1925),
Chinese statesman and revolutionary leader, graduated from the Hong
Kong School of Medicine.
(HFA, '96, p.18)(AP, 6/22/97)(HNQ, 6/3/98)
1893 The Royal Hong Kong Police
set up a police training school for its British led force.
(WSJ, 2/2/04, p.A12)
1898 Jun 9, China leased Hong
Kong's New Territories to Britain for 99 years by a convention
signed in Peking, respecting an extension of Hong Kong territory,
the New Territories, comprising the area north of Kowloon up to the
Shum Chun (Shenzhen) River and 235 islands.
1898 Jul 1, China leased the
New Territories and 235 adjacent islands to Britain on a 99-year
(SFEC, 11/10/96, Par p.14)(SFC, 3/11/97,
p.A12)(SFEC, 6/22/97, p.A14)(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A8)
1903 Nov 6, In Hong Kong the
South China Morning Post, founded by Tse Tsan-tai and Alfred
Cunningham, published its first issue.
1918 Feb 26, Stands at the Hong
Kong Jockey Club collapsed and burned, killing 604.
1919 Hueng Chin, father of
filmmaker Charles Hueng, founded the Sun Yee On triad, a secret
(SFC, 2/18/98, p.A7)
1922 The British government
passed Emergency Regulations Ordinance to quell a seamen’s strike in
Hong Kong’s harbor. The law was later used by the colonial
administration to help put down riots that rocked the trading hub in
1933 Wing Lung Bank was founded
in Hong Kong. It survived a forced relocation to Macau during the
Japanese occupation. In 2008 China Merchants Bank launched a
takeover of Wing Lung for $4.7 billion.
(Econ, 6/7/08, p.86)
1941 Dec 8, Japanese troops
occupied Hong Kong. [see Dec 18,19]
(SFEC, 6/22/97, p.A14)
1941 Dec 18, Japanese troops
landed on Hong Kong. [see Dec 8,19]
1941 Dec 19, Japanese landed on
Hong Kong and clashed with British troops.
1941 Dec 23, The Japanese
occupied Hong Kong.
(WUD, 1944, p.1683)
1941 Dec 25, Japan announced
the surrender of the British-Canadian garrison at Hong Kong. Major
John Crawford (d.1997) and some 1,975 Canadian soldiers were
captured and incarcerated at the Sham Shui Po prison camp at Kowloon
for 44 months.
(G&M, 7/30/97, p.A24)(HN, 12/25/02)(AP,
1945 Aug 14, Japanese
occupation of Hong Kong ended.
(SFEC, 6/22/97, p.A14)
1945 Aug 29, British liberated
Hong Kong from Japan.
1945 Sep 16, Japan surrendered
Hong Kong to Britain.
1945 Nov 8, A riverboat sank
off Hong Kong and 1,550 were killed.
c1945 Nadya Jacobova Moiseeva
(daughter of Jacob Moiseef) and John Henry McCann, a former officer
with Gen’l. Claire Chennault and the Flying Tigers, managed CAT
Airlines, formed by formed by former Flying Tiger pilots. The couple
had met and married in Shanghai in 1944.
(SFC, 12/2/97, p.A22)
1946 The Hong Kong airline
Cathay Pacific began operations with two DC3 planes.
(Econ, 12/23/06, p.96)
1946 Eric Halpern, a Jewish
émigré from Austria, started the Far Eastern Review in Hong Kong. In
1987 it was taken over by Dow Jones. In 2004 it ended as a weekly
publication and re-emerged as a monthly. In 2009 Dow Jones announced
(Econ, 9/26/09, p.58)
1949 Wang Din-shin, owner of
the Chinachem real estate empire centered in Shanghai, moved his
family and assets to Hong Kong. The business was later taken over by
his son, Teddy Wang Teh-huei.
(WSJ, 10/20/99, p.A23)
1949-50 Some 750,000 Chinese fled to Hong Kong as
the Communists took over the mainland.
(SFEC, 6/22/97, p.A14)
1954 In Hong Kong missionary
wife Elsie Elliott (1913-2015), later Elsie Tu, set up the Mu Kuang
Middle School under an army tent with 30 desks. By 2015 the school
grew to a 7-storey block with 1,300 students.
(Econ, 1/2/16, p.70)
1955-1972 Jin Yong, founder and publisher of the
Hong Kong Ming Pao newspaper, authored a series of Kung Fu novels
that ran to 36 volumes.
(WSJ, 3/9/00, p.A24)
1957 Run Run Shaw (1907-2014)
moved from Singapore to Hong Kong and built a studio that produced
hundreds of films including “The One-Armed Swordsmith" and “Five
Fingers of Death," which began a global craze for the martial arts.
(Econ, 1/11/14, p.38)
1959 The Ming Pao newspaper was
launched under editor Louis Cha, who doubled as popular novelist of
martial arts epics.
(WSJ, 4/21/97, p.A1)
1961 Feb 22, British Foreign
Sec. Douglas-Home said in a "Top Secret" letter to Defense Minister
Harold Watkinson that, "It must be fully obvious to the Americans
that Hong Kong is indefensible by conventional means and that in the
event of a Chinese attack, nuclear strikes against China would be
the only alternative to complete abandonment of the colony." The
document was made public in 2006.
1961-1971 Scotsman John Cowperthwaite, who arrived
in Hong Kong in 1945, served as Financial Secretary of the British
colony. Cowperthwaite died in 2006 at age 90.
1965 Two Hong Kong banks went
bust. Depositor calls on the government to be made good were
(Econ, 7/17/10, p.74)
1967 The Chinese Cultural
Revolution briefly spilled over into Hong Kong with street riots.
(SFEC, 6/22/97, p.A14)
1967 In Hong Kong Television
Broadcasts Limited (TVB) received a rare license to operate by the
colonial government. In the 1970s Sir Run Run Shaw gained control.
Its film production ceased operations in 1985. In 1999 it sold its
vast library of films to a Malaysian firm.
(Econ, 5/24/08, p.88)
1968 The Hong Kong flu pandemic
broke out and killed some 34,000 Americans. Over the next two years
the pandemic killed an estimated one million people all over the
world. It was caused by an H3N2 strain of the influenza A virus,
descended from H2N2 through antigenic shift. Each year an average of
20,000 Americans die of the flu.
1971 Nov 28, The Anglican
Bishop of Hong Kong ordained the first two women as priests.
1971 Hong Kong film "Fists of
Fury" was released in the United States, making the actor a martial
arts legend overnight. The film broke box office records both in
Hong Kong and overseas. Raymond Chow co-produced two of Lee's best
known films: "Way of the Dragon" in 1972, followed a year later by
"Enter the Dragon", the first cinema collaboration between a Hong
Kong studio and Hollywood.
1971 Vincent Lo (b.1948)
founded the Shui On Group in Honk Kong with a family loan of
$16,700. In 2005 Lo and his partners sold land in Manhattan and
proceeded to purchase the Bank of America Center in SF.
(SSFC, 1/1/06, p.J6)
1971-1982 Lord MacLehose (d.2000 at 82) served as
the governor of Hong Kong.
(SFC, 6/1/00, p.C20)
1972 Jan 9, The RMS Queen
Elizabeth, the world’s largest ocean liner, sank after a major fire
in Hong Kong harbor. It had been purchased by Tung Chao-yung at a
bankruptcy sale in Florida. He had hoped to turn it into a floating
school. Arson was blamed and it was scrapped.
1972 Hong Kong introduced its
“small house policy," which granted male villagers the rights to
build a house of up to three storeys on a plot of land in their
ancestral village. If they had no land they could buy it from the
government at a discount. The policy only applied to villagers in
the New Territories.
(Econ, 8/12/17, p.33)
1972 China, newly admitted to
the UN, said it wanted Hong Kong back.
(SFEC, 6/22/97, p.A14)
1973 Jul 20, Bruce Lee
(b.1940), [Lee Yuen Kam], American-born martial arts expert and film
actor, died in Hong Kong 3 weeks before the opening of his new film
"Enter the Dragon." He was born in San Francisco and raised in Hong
Kong. In 2000 Davis Miller authored "The Tao of Bruce Lee, A Martial
(SFEC, 8/13/00, BR p.4)(SFC, 7/21/03,
1973 The Hong Kong film "Enter
the Dragon" starred Sammo Hung and Bruce Lee (d.1973).
(SFEC, 7/12/98, DB p.54)(SFEC, 4/11/99, Par p.18)
1973 Peter Godber, a corrupt
police official, avoided punishment by fleeing to England. People
marched in protest.
(SFC, 5/5/00, p.A14)
1974 Lord MacLehose, the
British governor, set up the Independent Commission on Corruption
(SFC, 5/5/00, p.A14)
1975 Apr 25, The 1st Boeing
Jetfoil revenue service began between Hong Kong and Macao.
1975 Nov 5, The scrapped
passenger ship Queen Elizabeth rolled over and disgorged several
tons of oil in Hong Kong.
1975 The Hong Kong film "Hand
of Death" starred Sammo Hung.
(SFEC, 4/11/99, Par p.18)
1975 The Hong Kong Museum of
History was established.
1975 Hong Kong established
China’s first reserve to protect migrating shore birds at Mai Poi.
(Econ, 12/20/08, p.67)
1977 The Hong Kong film
"Iron-Fisted Monk" starred Sammo Hung.
(SFEC, 4/11/99, Par p.18)
1977 The Hong Kong film "Mighty
Peking Man" starred Danny Lee. It was also called Goliathon or
Colossus of the Jungle.
(SFC, 4/23/99, p.C13)
1977 Colonial Hong Kong granted
amnesty to police as part of an effort to root out extensive
corruption related to local mafia.
(Econ, 12/8/12, p.47)
1978 The Hong Kong film
"Drunken Master" with Jackie Chan was produced.
(SFC, 7/18/97, p.D7)
1978 The Hong Kong film "Enter
the Fat Dragon" starred Sammo Hung.
(SFEC, 4/11/99, Par p.18)
1978 The Hong Kong film "Master
Killer" was produced.
(SFC, 7/18/97, p.D7)
1978 The Hong Kong film
"Warriors Two" starred Sammo Hung.
(SFEC, 4/11/99, Par p.18)
1979 Mar, China Premier Deng
Xiaoping received Sir Murray McLehose, Gov. of Hong Kong
(1971-1982). McLehose raised the issue of the 1997 end of lease and
Deng said Hong Kong can rest at ease.
1979 Sep, British Prime
Minister Margaret Thatcher visited Beijing. Deng refused her request
for continued British administration of Hong Kong after 1997, but
agreed to open negotiations on handover.
(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A8)
1979 The Hong Kong film
"Knockabout" starred Sammo Hung.
(SFEC, 4/11/99, Par p.18)
1979 Sir Norman Foster, English
architect, designed the $815 million, 41-story Hong Kong and
Shanghai Bank headquarters in Hong Kong.
(WSJ, 5/14/97, p.B1)
1980 The Hong Kong film
"Encounters of the Spooky Kind" starred Sammo Hung.
(SFEC, 4/11/99, Par p.18)
1980 The film "Shaolin Temple"
was produced by a Hong Kong company about the Shaolin monks and
their unique martial arts style.
(WSJ, 10/23/96, p.A1)
1980 The Hong Kong film "Young
Master" was the directorial debut for Jackie Chan.
(SFC, 1/26/98, p.D2)
1982 The Hong Kong film "The
Dead and the Deadly" starred Sammo Hung.
(SFEC, 4/11/99, Par p.18)
1982 China and Britain began
negotiations on Hong Kong’s future.
1982 Austrian Dietrich
Mateschitz (b.1944), who had become aware of "tonic drinks" while
traveling in Asia, got the idea for the Red Bull energy drink
business while sitting at the bar in the Mandarin Hotel in Hong
Kong. In the 1970s T.C. Pharmaceuticals of Thailand, founded by
Chaleo Yoovidhya, had formulated an energy drink prototype called
Krathing Daeng, or Red Bull in English. Mateschitz and Yoovidhya
started selling the drink in Austria in 1987.
1983 Oct, Hong Kong pegged its
currency to the US dollar. Hong Kong adopted a currency board. The
board is a type fixed exchange rate system that requires currency in
circulation to be fully matched by the country’s foreign exchange
reserves. The Hong Kong dollar was pegged at 7.8 to the US dollar.
(SFC, 2/16/98, p.A10)(WSJ, 8/10/98, p.A10)(Econ,
6/30/07, SR p.10)
1983 The Hong Kong film "The
Prodigal Son" starred Sammo Hung.
(SFEC, 4/11/99, Par p.18)
1983 The Hong Kong film
"Project A" (Part I) starred Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung.
(SFC,11/28/97, p.C18)(SFEC, 3/1/98, DB
p.48)(SFEC, 4/11/99, Par p.18)
1983 The Hong Kong film
"Warriors of the Magic Mountain" starred Sammo Hung.
(SFEC, 4/11/99, Par p.18)
1983 The Hong Kong film
"Winners and Sinners" starred Sammo Hung.
(SFEC, 4/11/99, Par p.18)
1983 In Hong Kong Teddy Wang
Teh-huei, owner of Chinachem, was abducted by armed men and stuffed
into a refrigerator. He was released following an $11 million
(WSJ, 10/20/99, p.A23)
1984 Sep 19, Britain and China
completed a draft agreement on transferring Hong Kong from British
to Chinese rule by 1997.
1984 Dec 19, British PM
Margaret Thatcher and Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang signed an accord
to return Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty on Jul 1, 1997. China
pledged to grant Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy in everything
but foreign affairs and national defense and permit it to retain its
capitalist system for 50 years. This laid the ground for Hong Kong’s
(SFEC, 6/22/97, p.A14)(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A8)(Econ,
7/19/14, p.11)(Econ, 10/10/15, p.42)
1984 The Hong Kong film "Wheels
on Meals" starred Sammo Hung.
(SFEC, 4/11/99, Par p.18)
1984 The trading firm Jardine,
Matheson & Co., in Hong Kong since 1842, shifted its legal
domicile to Bermuda.
1985 May 27, In a brief
ceremony in Beijing, representatives of Britain and China exchanged
instruments of ratification on the pact returning Hong Kong to the
Chinese in 1997.
1985 The Hong Kong film "My
Lucky Stars" starred Sammo Hung.
(SFEC, 4/11/99, Par p.18)
1985 The Hong Kong film
"Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars" starred Sammo Hung.
(SFEC, 4/11/99, Par p.18)
1986 The Hong Kong film
"Eastern Condors" starred Sammo Hung.
(SFEC, 4/11/99, Par p.18)
1986 The Hong Kong film "North
and South Shaolin" starred Jet Li.
(SFC, 7/18/97, p.D7)
1986 The Hong Kong film "Rouge"
starred Anita Mui (d.2003 at age 40).
(SFC, 1/1/04, p.A23)
1986 The Hong Kong film
"Shanghai Express" starred Sammo Hung.
(SFEC, 4/11/99, Par p.18)
1987 Oct, The Hong Kong stock
market suffered a 46% decline in October.
1987 The Hong Kong film
"Dragons Forever" starred Sammo Hung.
(SFEC, 4/11/99, Par p.18)
1987 Richard Elman founded
Noble Group, a Hong Kong-based global trading firm named after Nobel
House, a novel by James Clavell. By 2015 the company had annual
sales of $86 billion.
(Econ., 3/14/15, p.65)
1988 Jun 15, Hong Kong
announced a clampdown on "boat people," saying newly arriving
Vietnamese refugees would be incarcerated and returned to Vietnam if
they could not prove that they had fled religious or political
1988 The Hong Kong film
"Painted Faces" starred Sammo Hung.
(SFEC, 4/11/99, Par p.18)
1988 The Hong Kong film "Paper
Marriage" starred Sammo Hung.
(SFEC, 4/11/99, Par p.18)
1988 Heung Wah Yim, the eldest
son of Heung Chin, was convicted of being the boss of the Sun Yee On
triad, but the conviction was overthrown on a technicality.
(SFC, 2/18/98, p.A7)
1989 Dec 12, Amid international
criticism, Britain forcibly removed 51 Vietnamese from Hong Kong and
returned them to their homeland.
1989-1997 More than 275,000 Hong Kong residents
emigrated to Canada during this period. A Canadian residency permit
could be secured by an investment of $112,000.
(Econ., 8/1/20, p.33)
1989 The Hong Kong film
"Pedicab Driver" starred Sammo Hung.
(SFEC, 4/11/99, Par p.18)
1990 The Hong Kong cop film
"New Kids in Town" was directed by Lau Kar Leung.
(SFC, 7/18/97, p.D7)
1990 China promulgated the
Basic Law, a mini-constitution for post-1997 Hong Kong. It granted
any child of a permanent resident the right to live in Hong Kong.
(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A8)(SFC, 4/29/99, p.D7)
1990 Apr 10, Teddy Wang
Tei-huei (57), Hong Kong real estate tycoon, was kidnapped for a 2nd
time. Abductors demanded $60 million. His wife Nina Wang paid a $34
million installment, but it was too late. His body was never found.
Wang was declared legally dead in 1999.
(WSJ, 10/20/99, p.A23)(Econ, 7/3/04, p.52)
1990 Dec 14, In Hong Kong 10
Vietnamese boat people set fire to themselves to protest screening
policy that could prevent them from settling in the West.
1990-91 The Nung from Vietnam made their way to
Hong Kong as boat people.
(SFC, 6/18/97, p.A10)
1991 Nov 9, Police in Hong Kong
forcibly repatriated 59 Vietnamese boat people, carrying them onto a
1991 The Hong Kong murder
mystery film "Hong Kong Pretty Woman" was produced.
(SFC, 7/18/97, p.D7)
1991 The Hong Kong romantic
comedy film "Perfect Match" with Maggie Cheung was produced.
(SFC, 7/18/97, p.D7)
1991 The Hong Kong film
"Swordsman II" was directed by Ching Siu-tung.
(SFEC, 4/13/97, DB p.44)
1991 Hong Kong decriminalized
(Econ 6/24/17, p.36)
1992 Oct 5, Pres. George H. W.
Bush signed America's Hong Kong Policy Act. It allowed the US
government to treat Hong Kong as a separate entity for trade and
other purposes, as long as it is demonstrably freer than the rest of
China. It became effective on July 1, 1997. It was amended on
November 27, 2019, by the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act.
1992 The Hong Kong film "The
Actress" was directed by Stanley Kwan. It was about the first Asian
silent film icon, Ruan Ling Yu, and starred Maggie Cheung.
(SFC, 1/9/98, p.D4)
1992 The Hong Kong film "Dead
End of Besiegers" contrasted Japanese and Chinese martial art
(SFC, 7/18/97, p.D7)
1992 The Hong Kong action
comedy film "Twin Dragons" starred Jackie Chan and Maggie Cheung and
was directed by Tsui Hark and Ringo Lam.
(SFC, 4/10/99, p.E1)
1992 Christopher Patten became
the 28th British governor. He began electoral reforms that were
denounced by China. He served to 1997 and in 1998 published “East
and West: China, Power and the Future of Asia."
(SFEC, 11/10/96, Parade p.14)(SFC, 7/1/97,
p.A8)(WSJ, 9/16/98, p.A20)
1992 The Hong Kong and Shanghai
Banking Corporation (HSBC) bought Britain’s Midland Bank as part of
a strategy of global expansion.
(Econ, 12/4/10, p.71)
1992 A US Senate report linked
the Sun Yee On triad to criminal organizations in Canada, the
Dominican Republic, and 7 US cities including SF. The report stated
that the syndicate was in outright control of the entertainment
industry in Hong Kong. The book “Hong Kong Babylon" by Fredric
Dannen describes the Hong Kong movie industry.
(SFC, 2/18/98, p.A7)
1993 The film "Drunken Master
II" with Jackie Chan was produced.
1993 The Hong Kong cop film
"Project S: Once a Cop" with Michelle Khan was produced.
(SFC, 7/18/97, p.D7)
1993 The lesbian assassin film
"Naked Killer" with Carrie Ng and Chingmy Yau was produced.
1993 China set up a Preliminary
Working Committee (PWC) to shape the post-1997 Hong Kong
(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A8)
1993 Anson Chan was named by
Gov. Chris Patton as the 1st Chinese person to run the civil
(SFC, 1/13/01, p.A14)
1994 The Hong Kong film "Ashes
of Time" starred Sammo Hung.
(SFEC, 4/11/99, Par p.18)
1994 The film "Chinese Torture
Chamber" was produced.
1994 The Hong Kong film
"Chungking Express" was directed by Wong Kar-wai.
(SSFC, 10/19/03, p.C10)
1994 The Hong Kong murder
mystery film "Dream Killer" was produced.
(SFC, 7/18/97, p.D7)
1994 The Hong Kong film "Great
Conqueror’s Concubine, Part Two" with Gong Li and Rosamund Kwan was
(SFC, 7/18/97, p.D7)
1994 The film "Naked Killer"
was produced in Hong Kong. It featured nonstop sex and violence
(SFEC, 5/11/97, DB p.37)
1995 Sep 18, Pro-democracy
candidates won a sweeping victory in the last legislative election
under British rule. Democrats took 70% of the direct vote. China
vowed to disband the legislature.
(SFEC, 6/22/97, p.A14)(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A8)
1995 Hong Kong, a weekly news
magazine was published by millionaire Jimmy Lai, a virulent critic
of China. 88% of Hong Kong's population speaks Cantonese. It is
scheduled to revert to Chinese control in 1997.
(WSJ, 10/26/95, p.A-1)
1995 The film "High Risk" with
Jet Li and Jackie Cheung was produced.
1995 The Hong Kong film
"Thunderbolt" starred Sammo Hung.
(SFEC, 4/11/99, Par p.18)
1996 Mar, British Prime
Minister John Major visited Hong Kong and said that Britain will
fight for the 1984 treaty to be respected by China.
(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A8)
1996 May 10, Riots broke out
here where more than 18,000 Vietnamese have been held in what
amounts to prison camps. The government is in the process of
returning them to Viet Nam from whence they fled as boat people.
(SFC, 5/11/96, p.A-10)
1996 May, The Hong Kong listed
Millennium Group, partly owned by the Tanuwidjaja family of
Indonesia, bought 25% of World Wide Golden Leaf, a tobacco company
owned by Ted Sioeng.
(WSJ, 1/13/98, p.A22)
1996 Jun 4, The financial
leaders have staked out their firm intention to retain monetary and
regulatory independence after reversion to Chinese control.
(WSJ, 6/4/96, p.A13)
1996 Nov 20, In Hong Kong a
fire raged in the 16-story Garley Building and 39 people died.
(SFC, 11/21/96, p.C3)(SFC, 11/22/96, p.A22)
1996 Nov, China formed a
Selection Committee to choose the first post-colonial chief
executive and provisional legislature in Hong Kong.
(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A8)
1996 Nov, Cambodian leader Hun
Sen and businessman Theng Bunma attended the wedding of Indonesian
businessman Ted Sioeng’s daughter Laureen and Subandi Tanuwidjaja.
(WSJ, 1/13/98, p.A22)
1996 Dec 11, A panel of 400
business leaders approved Tung Chee-hwa as the chief executive of
the semi-autonomous government when China recovers sovereignty on
Jul 1, 1997.
(SFC, 12/11/96, p.C3)
1996 Dec 21, China’s rulers
named 60 pro-Beijing stalwarts to a new interim legislature to
replace the panel elected in 1995.
(SFEC, 6/22/97, p.A14)
1996 The Hong Kong film "Beyond
Hypothermia" with Wu Chin Lin was produced.
(SFC, 7/18/97, p.D7)
1996 The Hong Kong film
"Comrades, Almost a Love Story" with Maggie Cheung was produced.
(SFC, 7/18/97, p.D7)
1996 The Hong Kong film "The
Stunt Woman" with Michelle Khan was produced.
(SFC, 7/18/97, p.D7)
1996 The Hong Kong film "Viva
Erotica," a satire on the porn industry, was directed by Derek Yee.
(SFC, 7/18/97, p.D7)
1996 China set up the
Preparatory Committee to replace the PWC and oversee the transition
of Hong Kong in line with the Basic Law and decisions of China’s
(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A8)
1997 Jan 16, Panama's Law No. 5
was passed and confirmed a deal in which Hutchison Whampoa, a
Chinese Hong Kong corporation, agreed to pay $22.5 million a year
plus what one Panamanian called "bucket loads of money" under the
1997 Feb 1, A Beijing-appointed
committee voted to repeal several key civil liberties laws.
(SFEC, 6/22/97, p.A14)
1997 Feb 23, China’s
legislature voted to dilute Hong Kong’s civil liberties laws.
(SFEC, 6/22/97, p.A14)
1997 Apr 9, The future
government unveiled plans to restrict political ties with
foreigners, require police approval for protests, allow political
parties to be banned and prohibit political groups from forming
links with foreign organizations.
(SFEC, 6/22/97, p.A14)
1997 Apr 27, The Tsing Ma
Bridge that connects the mainland part of Hong Kong with the islet
of Chek Lap Kok was opened. It was hailed as the longest
road-and-rail suspension bridge in the world.
(SFC, 4/28/97, p.A12)
1997 Apr, Shops sold out of the
Tamagochi cyber pet in ten minutes on the first day of sale.
(SFC, 6/17/97, p.D2)
1997 May 9, In Hong Kong a
3-year-old boy became ill with the flu. He died May 21 and the flu
was identified as subtype H5N1, a bird flu.
(SFC, 2/26/01, p.A9)
1997 May 16, Fei Long (Fat
Dragon) was described as a local celebrity for his articles on
prostitution on Portland St., the heart of the red-light district.
His columns have been compiled as the “Fat Dragon Handbook."
(WSJ, 5/16/97, p.A1)
1997 Jun 3, The “Pillar of
Shame," a sculpture symbolizing oppression by Jans Galschiot of
Denmark was erected in Victoria Park, Honk Kong.
(SFC, 6/4/97, p.A11)
1997 Jun 5, China announced
that diplomat Ma Yuzhen would be its top civilian representative in
Hong Kong beginning July 1. Domestic affairs will be run by Hong
Kong residents but foreign affairs will be under the central
(SFC, 6/6/97, p.E3)
1997 Jun 9, The 1898 British
lease of Hong Kong's New Territories from China for 99 years
1997 Jun 14, The provisional
legislature voted to give police broad powers to ban even peaceful
demonstrations and to outlaw foreign donations to political parties.
(SFEC, 6/22/97, p.A14)
1997 Jun 27, China announced
that it would send 4,000 troops into Hong Kong six hours after the
former colony is handed over to Chinese control.
(SFC, 6/28/97, p.A1)
1997 Jun 30, In Hong Kong, the
Union Jack was lowered for the last time over Government House as
Britain prepared to hand the colony back to China after ruling it
for 156 years. The 1st Battalion, The Black Watch (Royal Highland
Regiment) became the last British unit to leave Hong Kong.
1997 Jul 1, Hong Kong reverted
to Chinese rule after 156 years as a British colony. Britain
relinquished Hong Kong as a colonial territory, and China became
master. Many rights were guaranteed for 50 years under a
Sino-British treaty. Tung Chee Hwa (b.1937) began serving as the
first chief executive of Hong Kong.
p.A9)(SFC, 5/30/96, p.A9)(AP, 7/1/98)
1997 Aug 2, Typhoon Victor
struck Hong Kong and one person was killed. The typhoon battered the
surrounding Guangdong province and at least 65 people were killed.
(SFEC, 8/3/97, p.A18)(SFC, 8/9/97, p.A12)
1997 Sep 27, In Hong Kong
lawmakers approved an election law that reduced the number of people
who could vote and increased the power of big business.
(SFC, 9/29/97, p.A12)
1997 Oct 8, Hong Kong leader
Tung Chee Hwa announced a goal to build 85,000 new housing units a
year. The plan failed and the property market soon began a steep
(WSJ, 3/3/05, p.A11)
1997 Nov 14, The Hong Kong
stock market was down 30% over the last month.
1997 Dec 16, In Hong Kong it
was reported that 2 people died of an avian flu. It was the first
known instance of human infection. The flu came from chickens
imported from Guangdon province in China. The first case was
reported in May.
(WSJ, 12/16/97, p.A1)(SFC,12/17/97, p.A2)
1997 Dec 29, In Hong Kong the
government planned to start killing over 1.4 million chickens to
combat the new strain of avian flu. Four people had already died of
(SFC, 12/29/97, p.A1)(AP, 12/29/98)
1997 The Hong Kong film "The
Day the Sun Turned Cold" was directed by Yim Ho.
(SFC, 1/9/98, p.D4)
1997 The Hong Kong film
"Eighteen Springs" was directed by Ann Hui.
1997 The Hong Kong film
"Hu-Du-Men" (Stage Door) was directed by Shu Kei.
(SFC, 1/9/98, p.D4)
1997 The film "The Soong
Sisters" was produced.
(SFC, 6/16/97, p.A8)
1997 The Hong Kong film "Summer
Snow" was directed by Ann Hui.
(SFC, 1/9/98, p.D4)
1997 Wong Kwan, real-estate
speculator, spent $70 million for the Genesis mansion overlooking
the city. This was the most money ever paid for a house.
(WSJ, 6/20/01, p.A15)
1998 Jan 12, The Peregrine
finance house collapsed due to a debt burden to an Indonesian cab
company of $260 million. It was founded less than 10 years ago by
former members of Citicorp’s Hong Kong securities team.
(SFC, 1/13/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/13/98, p.A22)
1998 Jan 30, It was reported
that real estate prices were diving down. Prices were reported down
25% since August.
(SFC, 1/30/98, p.A1)
1998 May 24, Voters turned out
in record numbers for elections of a Legislative Council. They
returned to office pro-democracy politicians ousted by Beijing.
Democrats won 13 of 60 seats in the legislature.
(SFC, 5/25/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/26/98, p.A1)
1998 Jun 22, Hong Kong
suspended government land sales to bolster prices and announced a
stimulus package to revive the economy.
(SFC, 6/23/98, p.A9)
1998 Jul 5, The 73-year-old Kai
Tak Airport closed after 73 years of operation.
(SFC, 3/18/98, p.A10)(SFEC, 7/5/98, p.A9)
1998 Jul 6, The new Hong Kong
Int’l. Airport at Chek Lap Kok welcomed its first commercial flight.
Pres. Clinton flew in here a week prior to the official opening. The
$20.6 billion project was built on reclaimed land off the northern
coast of Lantau island. Inefficient coordination led to chaos on the
(SFEC, 7/5/98, p.A9,T3)(WSJ, 3/3/05, p.A11)
1998 cJul, Barrie Cook helped
found the Hong Kong Business Coalition on the Environment to push
for a cleaner Hong Kong. Pollution kept the skies gray regardless of
(SFC, 7/16/99, p.D3)
1998 Nov 13, Near Hong Kong 2
oil tankers collided and left a 6-mile oil slick near the Pearl
River delta that threatened the local rare pink dolphins.
(SFC, 11/21/98, p.A6)
1998 Nov, The Hong Kong
freighter ship Cheung Son (Chang Sheng), loaded with iron ore, was
hijacked and all 23 crewmen were lined up on deck and gunned down by
pirates. In 1999 38 defendants went on trial in China on charges of
murder, robbery and possession of firearms and drugs.
(SFC, 7/7/99, p.C12)(SFC, 12/16/99, p.C9)
1998 Dec 5, Cheung Tze-keung, a
reputed Hong Kong crime boss known as Big Spender, was executed in
China. He had been convicted of kidnapping and arms trafficking.
(SFC, 12/5/98, p.A14)(SFC, 11/24/99, p.C4)
1998 The Hong Kong film
"Ballistic Kiss" was directed by Donie Yen. It was about the
relationship between a policewoman and a loner in Hong Kong.
(SFC, 6/15/98, p.D2)
1998 The Hong Kong film "Hero,"
with Takeshi Kaneshiro, was directed by Corey Yuen. It was a remake
of the 1974 Boxer of Shantung.
(SFC, 1/21/98, p.E5)
1998 The Japanese film "Mr.
Nice Guy" starred Jackie Chan and was directed by Sammo Hung.
(SFC, 3/20/98, p.D3)(SFEC, 4/11/99, Par p.18)
1998 The Hong Film "The
Replacement Killers" starred Chow Yun-Fat.
(SFEC, 2/1/98, DB p.33)
1998 The Hong Kong film "The
Storm Riders" starred Eking Chang, Aaron Kwok and Sonny Chiba. it
was directed by Andrew Lau.
(SFC, 9/2/98, p.E3)
1998 Hong Kong suffered a slump
in GDP of over 6% as did Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea and
(Econ, 11/22/08, p.51)
1999 Jan, An appeals court
ruled that the Basic Law of Hong Kong in regards to residency
extends to illegitimate children and children born before their
parents acquired Hong Kong residency.
(SFC, 4/29/99, p.D7)
1999 Jan 29, The Hong Kong
Court of Final Appeals ruled that any mainland Chinese with at least
one Hong Kong parent had the right to live in Hong Kong. The Hong
Kong government appealed to China.
(SFC, 6/26/99, p.A16)
1999 Apr 29, China announced
that 1.6 million people would be allowed to move to Hong Kong over
the next 10-13 years.
(SFC, 4/29/99, p.D7)
1999 Jun 26, China's
legislature revised a Hong Kong ruling on immigration and reasserted
its right to decide issues that concern the mainland and Hong Kong.
In Dec the high court in Hong Kong affirmed the Chinese decision.
(SFC, 6/26/99, p.A16)(SFC, 12/4/99, p.A12)
1999 Aug 22, In Hong Kong a
China Airlines plane with over 300 passengers overturned while
landing under high winds from Typhoon [Tropical Storm] Sam. 3 people
were killed and 211 injured of the 313 survivors.
(SFC, 8/23/99, p.A14)(AP, 8/22/04)
1999 Sep 16, In Hong Kong
typhoon York left one man dead and 466 injured.
(USAT, 9/17/99, p.13A)
1999 Oct 12, In Hong Kong it
was reported that a $2.6 billion Cyberport was to be developed
beginning in 2001.
(SFC, 10/12/99, p.A10)
1999 Nov 1, In Hong Kong Disney
announced a new theme park. Hong Kong will put up $2.88 billion and
have a 57% stake.
(SFC, 11/2/99, p.A14)
1999 Dec 14, It was reported
that Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa had recently announced
a $3.75 billion environmental crusade in an effort to reduce
pollution. An 80% reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions by 2005 was
planned. Hong Kong's yearly emissions for sulfur dioxide was 80,000
tons. Guangdong Province on the Chinese mainland put out 630,000
(SFC, 12/14/99, p.A,12,14)
1999 The Hong Kong film "Expect
the Unexpected" starred Lau Ching Wan, Simon Yam and Ruby Wong. It
was directed by Patrick Yau.
(SFC, 11/19/99, p.C4)
1999 The Hong Kong film
"Running Out of Time" starred Andy Lau and Lau Ching Wan. It was
directed by Johnny To.
(SFC, 10/20/99, p.D3)
1999 Hutchinson Whampoa of Hong
Kong sold Orange, its 2G telecoms operator to Germany’s Mannesmann
for some $20 billion. The company was controlled by Li Ka-shing,
Asia’s richest man. The money from the sale of Orange was put into
3G mobile-phone services.
(Econ, 1/8/05, p.58)
2000 Mar 6, The Stock Exchange
of Hong Kong Limited, Hong Kong Futures Exchange Limited together
with Hong Kong Securities Clearing Company Limited merged under a
single exchange HKEX. In June Hong Kong sold shares in its combined
stock exchange and clearing house to the public. In 2007 HKEX bought
back a stake of almost 6%.
2000 Aug 2, Chinese immigrants
set fire to the lobby of the immigration center in frustration over
residency permits. The Hong Kong announced the immediate deportation
of 1,000 mainlanders the next day.
(SFC, 8/4/00, p.A16)
2000 Sep 6, Two top officials
of Hong Kong Univ. resigned after it was found that they and an
advisor had pressured a prominent pollster to suppress surveys
critical of Tung Chee-hwa.
(SFC, 9/6/00, p.A10)
2000 Sep 10, Elections were
held. Democrats gained seats in the legislative council but most
seats were filled with pro-Beijing and big-business candidates.
(WSJ, 9/12/00, p.A1)
2000 Sep, Dredging for a new
Disney theme park left some $3.5 million worth of fish dead in
(SFC, 1/23/01, p.A12)
2000 Richard Li, chairman of
PCCW, took over Hong Kong Telecom with help from his father Francis
(Econ, 7/15/06, p.61)
2001 Apr 8, It was reported
that foot-and-mouth disease was endemic in Asia and that 3,282 cases
were confirmed in Hong Kong over the past year.
(SSFC, 4/8/01, p.C3)
2001 May 8, In Hong Kong AOL
Time Warner sponsored a business conference attended by Pres. Jiang
Zemin of China and Bill Clinton. Followers of Falun Gong were barred
from entering Hong Kong.
(SFC, 5/9/01, p.A16)
2001 May 10, At the Fortune
Global Forum Bill Clinton urged that China be admitted to the WTO.
(SFC, 5/11/01, p.D8)
2001 May 18, In Hong Kong
officials ordered the slaughter of some 1.2 million chickens and
other poultry to halt the deadly avian flu virus.
(SFC, 5/19/01, p.A12)
2001 Anson Chan, the chief
secretary for administration, resigned.
(SFC, 1/13/01, p.A14)
2001 Lam Sai-wing, Hong Kong
jeweler, opened his doors to a glittering golden bathroom complete
with two 24-carat solid gold toilets. The company earned two places
in the Guinness World Records by constructing the world's "most
expensive bathroom," and "most expensive toilet," made almost
exclusively out of gold.
(http://tinyurl.com/5urw7t)(WSJ, 7/7/08, p.A1)
2002 Feb 28, In Hong Kong Tung
Chee-hwa won a 2nd term after a nomination period expired with
(SFC, 3/1/02, p.A17)
2002 Apr 12, In Hong Kong
police began expelling an estimated 4,300 mainland-born Chinese, who
were refused the right of residence.
(SFC, 4/13/02, p.A11)
2002 May 25, A Taiwanese China
Airlines Boeing 747 airliner bound for Hong Kong crashed into the
sea and 225 people were killed.
(SSFC, 5/26/02, p.A12)(SFC, 5/27/02, p.A7)(AP,
2002 Jul 7, In Hong Kong tens
of thousands of civil servants staged a huge street protest against
a government plan to pass a law that would cut their pay by up to
2002 Dec 1, Martin Lee, Hong
Kong's pre-eminent champion of democracy, stepped down as leader of
the territory's most popular political party.
2002 Dec 15, Tens of thousands
of Hong Kong people took part in one of the territory's biggest
marches in years, denouncing plans for an anti-subversion law they
fear will erode freedom and civil liberties.
2002 Hong Kong abolished a
quota on Chinese tourists.
(Econ., 3/21/15, p.36)
2003 Mar 19, Doctors in Hong
Kong reportedly identified the deadly pneumonia virus as belonging
to the paramyxoviridae family. The severe acute respiratory illness
(SARS) had killed at least 11 people and left hundreds ill. The
outbreak is believed to have began in southern China in November.
Later reports held that it could be a coronavirus, part of a group
that cause the common cold. Many people treated with corticosteroids
later developed an irreversible bone disease called avascular
necrosis. By July 12, 2003, SARS killed 812 people worldwide.
(SFC, 3/15/03, p.A8)(SFC, 1/19/02, p.A4)(WSJ,
4/3/03, p.B1)(WSJ, 12/23/03, p.A1)
2003 Mar 31, Hong Kong
authorities quarantined more than 200 other residents in an
apartment block in an effort to contain the SARS virus.
2003 Apr 1, In Hong Kong Leslie
Cheung, Chinese pop singer and movie star, jumped to his death at
the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
(NW, 3/17/03, p.58)
2003 Apr 19, Hong Kong reported
12 SARS patients died in a single day. Malaysia banned workers from
Vietnam, which considered sealing its border with China due to the
2003 May 5, Hong Kong reported
three more SARS deaths, for a total of 187, and 8 new infections. In
Singapore SARS has killed 26 of the 203 people infected, a fatality
rate of 12.8 percent, more than double the global average.
2003 Jun 23, The World Health
Organization removed Hong Kong from its list of SARS-infected areas.
2003 Jun 29, Hong Kong and
China signed a free-trade agreement, the Closer Economic Partnership
(AP, 6/29/03)(Econ, 6/30/07, SR p.11)
2003 Jul 1, In Hong Kong the
"Article 23" measures targeting crimes against the state drew
hundreds of thousands of people into the streets in a protest that
overshadowed the 6th anniversary of the handover of the territory
from Britain to China.
(AP, 7/1/03)(WSJ, 7/2/03, p.A8)
2003 Jul 4, Tung Chee-hwa, Hong
Kong's leader, withdrew parts of an anti-subversion bill that
triggered massive street protests.
2003 Jul 10, In Hong Kong a
double-decker bus collided with a truck and plunged off a bridge,
killing 21 people and injuring 20 more.
2003 Sep 5, In Hong Kong Tung
Chee-hwa withdrew his governments controversial "Article 23"
internal security bill.
(Econ, 9/13/03, p.36)
2003 Nov 2, In Hong Kong Robert
Kissel, a Merrill Lynch investment banker, was killed. Nancy Kissel
was soon accused of drugging her husband with a milkshake laced with
sedatives before fatally beating him on the head with a metal
ornament. In 2005 Kissel testified that the day her 40-year-old
husband died, he told her he was divorcing her and taking their 3
children. She said that during an argument, he hit her with a
baseball bat and she struck him with a metal statue with human
figurines. In 2007 Joe McGinniss authored “Never Enough," a
nonfiction account of the crime. In 2010 Hong Kong's highest court
overturned her murder conviction and ordered that she be retried. On
March 25, 2011, Nancy Kissel was convicted of murder for a 2nd time.
The unanimous verdict carried an automatic life sentence.
(AP, 6/8/05)(AP, 8/4/05)(WSJ, 12/27/07, p.D7)(AP,
2003 Nov 23, Hong Kong
residents voted in elections seen as a showdown between pro-Beijing
politicians and democratic candidates. Voters turned out in record
numbers to hand the territory's top pro-Beijing party a stunning
defeat in local elections.
(AP, 11/23/03)(AP, 11/24/03)
2003 Dec 30, Anita Mui (40),
Canto pop diva and film actress, died in Hong Kong of cervical
(SFC, 1/1/04, p.A23)(SFC, 1/10/04, p.D3)
2003 Hong Kong made insider
(Econ, 9/19/09, p.85)
2003 Tung Chee-hwa, head of
Hong Kong, asked Allan Zeman, a Canadian entrepreneur, to take over
the operation of Ocean Park, a failing amusement park. Zeman had
already transformed warehouses into a popular drinking district
called Lan Kwai Fong. By 2007 Zeman managed to revive Ocean Park as
the local Disney theme park declined.
(Econ, 10/20/07, p.88)
2004 Jan 1, Hong Kong began a
de facto free-trade agreement with mainland China.
(SFC, 10/15/05, p.C1)
2004 Jan 21, Hong Kong
officials reported that Avian influenza was detected near 2 chicken
farms. 5 people in Vietnam had already died from the recent
(SFC, 1/22/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 9, Culturecom Holdings
Ltd. of Hong Kong unveiled a DVD player and word-processing device
built with chips developed by Chinese computer scientist Chu
Bong-foo. Chu found a way to put Asia characters in position to
command binary code.
(WSJ, 2/9/04, p.A1)
2004 Apr 6, China issued a
major ruling on how Hong Kong chooses its leaders, saying the
territory must submit proposed political reforms to Beijing for
2004 Apr 11, Thousands of Hong
Kong residents demanded full democracy and called on their unpopular
leader to quit as they marched past Beijing's representative office.
2004 Apr 26, Mainland China
dealt a crushing blow to Hong Kong's hopes for full democracy, when
its most powerful legislative panel ruled the territory won't have
direct elections for its next leader in 2007 or for all its
lawmakers in 2008.
2004 Jun 4, In Hong Kong tens
of thousands of residents rallied on the 15th anniversary of the
bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown.
2004 Jul 1, Hundreds of
thousands of people marched in Hong Kong to demand democratic rights
2004 Aug 24, Hong Kong
announced the official end to nearly 6 years of deflation.
(WSJ, 8/24/04, p.A10)
2004 Sep 12, People in Hong
Kong turned out in large numbers for a legislative election, many
venting anger at their leaders and hoping to hand pro-democracy
opposition politicians unprecedented clout in the Chinese territory.
Pro-democracy opposition figures gained more clout in Hong Kong's
legislature with three new seats, but they fell short of
(AP, 9/12/04)(AP, 9/13/04)
2004 China and Hong Kong
entered into a Closer Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). The
phased agreement eliminated tariffs on Hong Kong exports and by 2005
created 29,000 jobs in Hong Kong.
(WSJ, 10/19/05, p.A11)
2004 Hong Kong-based Ruyan,
which means "like smoking," introduced the world's first electronic
cigarette. It patented its ultrasonic atomizing technology, in which
nicotine is dissolved in a cartridge containing propylene glycol,
the liquid that is vaporized in smoke machines in nightclubs or
theaters and is commonly used as a solvent in food.
2005 Jan 1, Hong Kong was
forecast for 4.7% annual GDP growth with a population at 7.1 million
and GDP per head at $22,970.
(Econ, 1/8/05, p.90)
2005 Mar 10, Hong Kong's leader
said he tendered his resignation because of failing health and
repeatedly denied speculation China pushed him out in a bid to
tighten its grip on the former British colony.
2005 Mar 12, Donald Tsang,
career bureaucrat, took office as interim leader of Hong Kong.
(SSFC, 3/13/05, p.A16)
2005 May 18, Hong Kong said it
would place a cap on its currency's exchange rate to the U.S dollar,
but an official denied that the move signaled China would soon
revalue its currency.
2005 Jun 15, Veteran civil
servant Donald Tsang effectively won Hong Kong's leadership race,
filing papers that showed he had the solid backing of an election
committee that picks the Chinese territory's leaders.
2005 Jun 21, China appointed
Donald Tsang as Hong Kong's new leader for the next 2 years. The
veteran civil servant expressed confidence the territory will become
2005 Jul 21, Hong Kong said it
would maintain its 21-year-old peg to the US dollar.
(Econ, 8/6/05, p.60)
2005 Aug 24, A Hong Kong judge
ruled that laws against gay sex, including one that demands a life
sentence for men under 21 who engage in sodomy, are unconstitutional
2005 Sep 1, A Hong Kong jury
convicted Nancy Kissel of murdering her wealthy investment banker
husband in Nov, 2003, by drugging him with a milkshake laced with
sedatives and beating him to death in their luxury apartment. She
received a mandatory life sentence.
2005 Sep 12, The new Hong Kong
Disneyland theme park on Lantau Island opened. Zeng Qinghong,
China’s vice-president, presided over opening ceremonies.
(SSFC, 9/18/05, p.C2)(Econ, 9/17/05, p.44)
2005 Sep 23, The newly opened
Hong Kong Disneyland said it prefers that its 5,000 workers not
unionize as activists described tough work conditions at the park
such as long hours, harsh turnarounds and lack of breaks.
2005 Sep 25, A group of
pro-democracy lawmakers from Hong Kong crossed into mainland China
for the first time since being barred for criticizing Beijing after
the Tiananmen Square crackdown of 1989. They put their case for
electoral reform directly to a Chinese communist leader for the
first time, but complained that they were rebuffed.
(Reuters, 9/25/05)(AFP, 9/25/05)
2005 Sep 27, A research team
from Hong Kong reported that the horseshoe bat is the source of the
SARS virus. A 2nd team from China, Australia and the US reported
similar findings 2 days later. The syndrome 1st appeared in China in
2002 and killed 774 people worldwide.
(SFC, 9/30/05, p.A12)
2005 Oct 14, A trade delegation
of some 300 Chinese officials and business executives visited SF for
the 1st Hong Kong-Guangdong Business Conference USA.
(SFC, 10/15/05, p.C1)
2005 Oct 27, In Honk Kong the
IPO of China Construction Bank raised $8 billion from foreign
investors for a 12% stake. Ahead of the float CCB sold a 9% stake to
Bank of America and a 5.1% stake to Temasek, a Singapore investment
(Econ, 10/29/05, p.71)
2005 Dec 4, Tens of thousands
of protesters marched through the streets of Hong Kong to pressure
the government to speed up political reforms that would allow voters
to pick the territory’s leader and entire legislature.
2005 Dec 11, About 4,000
anti-globalization activists some carrying a giant spider and others
wheeling statues of emaciated people marched in the first mass
protest against the World Trade Organization's summit in Hong Kong.
2005 Dec 12, Trade ministers
gathered in Hong Kong to work on a deal to open markets and boost
the global economy, with the EU quickly under fire for its refusal
to cut farm subsidies further.
2005 Dec 13, A 6-day
ministerial meeting of the WTO opened in Hong Kong.
(Econ, 12/24/05, p.97)
2005 Dec 17, In Hong Kong
hundreds of protesters wielding bamboo sticks broke through police
lines and tried to storm the convention center hosting global trade
talks. Security forces scattered the crowd with tear gas. Police
said 41 people were injured and 900 were detained.
2005 Dec 18, In Hong Kong World
Trade Organization negotiators approved a draft agreement requiring
wealthy nations to end farm export subsidies by 2013, a support
system that poor nations say puts them at a competitive
disadvantage. The agreement required approval by all 149 WTO
(AP, 12/18/05)(SFC, 12/19/05, p.A3)
2005 Dec 19, US Federal
prosecutors said MSC Ship Management of Hong Kong had agreed to pay
$10.5 million to settle a pollution case.
(WSJ, 12/20/05, p.A1)
2006 Jan 31, In Egypt 14
tourists from Hong Kong were killed and 30 wounded when their bus
spun off the road along the Red Sea coast in one of the deadliest
crashes involving foreign nationals in recent years.
2005 A syndicate called China
Int’l. Fund or China Sonangol, created by a man named Sam Pa (aka Xu
Jinghua), signed contracts giving the company the right to export
Angolan oil and act as a middleman between Sonangol and Sinopec. The
company operated out of Hong Kong. By 2009 the company had bought
the JPMorgan Chase building at 23 Wall Street, NYC. Newbright
Int’l., a core company of the syndicate, was 70% controlled by
(Econ, 8/13/11, p.21)
2006 Feb 22, Pope Benedict XVI
named 15 new cardinals, including John Paul II's longtime private
secretary and prelates from Boston and Hong Kong, adding his first
installment to the elite group of churchmen who will elect his
2006 Feb 23, China warned Hong
Kong’s new Cardinal Joseph Zen that he should avoid mixing religion
(WSJ, 2/24/06, p.A4)
2006 Apr 29, In Hong Kong while
riding a bus Elvis Ho asked Roger Chan to lower his voice while
talking on his cellphone. Chan proceeded to berate Ho for nearly 6
minutes and the encounter was captured on video camera by another
passenger, Jon Fong. The video became famous as “Bus Uncle." Some
phrases in the video, such as “I’ve got pressure" and “It’s not
over," quickly became part of Hong Kong’s lexicon.
(WSJ, 6/6/06, p.A1)
2006 Jun 8, It was reported
that pollution in Hong Kong is worse than Los Angeles, the most
polluted city in the United States, and claims around 2,000 lives a
2006 Jul 1, Thousands chanted
slogans and marched through Hong Kong's streets in a pro-democracy
protest, while a pro-Beijing parade also drew a big crowd to mark
the ninth anniversary of the former British colony's return to
2006 Jul 10, Francis Leung
bought a 23% stake in PCCW, Hong Kong’s incumbent telecoms company,
held by his son and PCCW chairman Richard Li. This move prevented a
foreign takeover of PCCW.
(Econ, 7/15/06, p.61)
2006 Jul 12, Hong Kong's
supreme court struck down a ruling that allowed police to carry out
controversial government wiretaps, a move activists hailed as a
victory for freedoms in the Chinese city.
2006 Aug 6, Hong Kong's
legislature passed a law regulating phone tapping and other
surveillance measures, a move critics fear will curtail civil
liberties in the former British colony now ruled by China.
2007 Jan 6, Hong Kong reported
that a wild bird found a few days earlier had tested positive for
the H5N1 strain of bird flu.
(WSJ, 1/8/07, p.A5)
2007 Jan 30, In Hong Kong Cheng
Siwei, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National
People's Congress, told the Financial Times in an interview: "There
is a bubble going on. Investors should be concerned about the
risks." He said 70% of the domestically traded companies were
worthless and should be delisted.
(Econ, 2/10/07, p.81)(http://tinyurl.com/2ubmjk)
2007 Jan, A 67% stake in
Hutchinson Essar, India’s 4th largest mobile operator, was put up
for sale by Hutchinson Telecom, which in turn was controlled by Li
Ka-shing, Hong Kong’s richest tycoon. The other 33% was owned by
Essar, an Indian steel and oil refining group controlled by the Ruia
(Econ, 1/13/07, p.59)
2007 Feb 26, The SEC sued Blue
Bottle, a Hong Kong firm, alleging they hacked into computer systems
to get corporate news releases early and traded on that information,
making a profit of $2.7 million.
(Econ, 3/10/07, p.71)
2007 Mar 17, Two cargo ships
collided in the East China Sea, killing at least eight people. The
collision occurred off Zhejiang province between a cargo ship from
China and a Hong Kong-registered vessel. The Hong Kong ship, with 29
crew aboard, sank immediately.
2007 Mar 25, Incumbent Donald
Tsang trounced his challenger in Hong Kong's first contested
leadership race since it returned to Chinese rule, but the losing
candidate said the vote was rigged and demanded greater democracy.
Tsang beat pro-democracy lawmaker Alan Leong 649-123 in the vote by
an election committee loaded with tycoons and other elites.
(AP, 3/25/07)(AP, 3/26/07)
2007 Apr 3, Nina Wang (69),
Asia's richest woman, died in Hong Kong after reports she had been
battling cancer, leaving unanswered questions over her estimated
$4.2 billion (2.1 billion pound) fortune. Wang successfully battled
her father-in-law for a multi-billion dollar estate left by her late
husband Teddy Wang, a property tycoon who vanished in 1990. Wang
left her $4 billion fortune to Chan Chun-chuen, a master of feng
shui in a will dated Oct. 16, 2006. On Feb 2, 2010, a Hong Kong
court deemed the will a forgery.
(Reuters, 4/4/07)(AP, 4/20/07)(Econ, 4/21/07,
2007 May 1, Kenneth John
Freeman (44), a bodybuilder and computer expert from Benton County,
Washington, was arrested in Hong Kong. Freeman, who fled the US 13
months earlier, was accused of raping his daughter and posting a
video of the attack.
2007 May 7, Hong Kong
newspapers reported that an unidentified animal illness has spread
in two southern Chinese cities, infecting at least 1,300 pigs and
killing more than 300. The diseased pigs began dying in Gaoyao and
Yunfu in Guangdong province following Chinese New Year celebrations
in February. The illness was soon identified as a strain of blue ear
disease. Blue ear disease, also called porcine reproductive and
respiratory syndrome, was first identified in the United States in
1987. The disease this year killed an estimated 45 million pigs in
(AP, 5/8/07)(SFC, 5/8/07, p.A17)(AP,
5/10/07)(Econ, 12/20/14, p.68)
2007 Aug 8, Ma Lik (55), the
leader of Hong Kong's leading pro-Beijing political party, DAB, died
of complications from colon cancer.
2007 Aug 29, Hong Kong police
arrested two men accused of trying to smuggle more than 7,000 live
pet turtles to mainland China.
2007 Aug 21, China’s government
announced that mainland citizens would be allowed to invest in Hong
Kong. State media reported that a test run of traffic controls to
clear Beijing's smoggy skies for next year's Olympic Games
successfully improved air quality. Media also reported that China
will execute people who sabotage the electricity supply, reversing
recent steps to rein in widespread use of the death penalty.
2007 Sep 10, Kenneth John
Freeman (44), an American man accused of raping his daughter and
posting the videos on the Internet, agreed to be extradited from
Hong Kong to the United States.
2007 Oct 7, Thousands of people
marched through Hong Kong's streets to demand the right to pick
their city's leader and legislature and hoisted yellow umbrellas to
form the year 2012, their target year for full democracy.
2007 Oct 8, One of the rarest
gems in the world, a flawless blue diamond, sold for US$7.98 million
(3.91 million pounds) at a Sotheby's auction in Hong Kong, making it
the most expensive gemstone in the world, per carat, sold at
2007 Oct 16,
A study in Hong Kong reportedly found that Lupeol, a compound
in fruits like mangoes, grapes and strawberries, appears to be
effective in killing and curbing the spread of cancer cells in the
head and neck.
2007 Nov 6, Chinese e-commerce
portal Alibaba.com soared in its debut on the Hong Kong stock
market. It opened at $3.86 and closed at $5.09.
(AP, 11/6/07)(SFC, 11/7/07, p.C1)
2007 Nov 7, The Cosco Busan, a
65,131 ton Greek-owned container ship leased by Hanjin Shipping of
South Korea, hit a protective shield at the base of a tower of the
Bay Bridge. The Bridge was not damaged, but the ship suffered a gash
and spilled 58,000 gallons of bunker fuel oil into the SF Bay. By
the end of the month estimated bird deaths due to the oil topped
20,000. The cleanup cost was later estimated at some $61 million. A
year later federal authorities still held 6 Chinese crew members for
their testimony. In July, 2009, Cosco Busan Capt. John Cota (61) was
sentenced to 10 months in prison, becoming the first ship’s pilot in
US history to be sent to prison for an accident. On August 13, 2009,
Fleet Management Ltd. of Hong Kong pleaded guilty to charges of
water pollution and falsifying documents and agreed to pay $10
million in fines. On Dec 4, 2011, a settlement was reached to pay
120 SF Bay Area commercial fishermen $3.6 million.
(SFC, 11/8/07, p.A1)(SFC, 11/27/07, p.A1)(SFC,
12/19/07, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/5/08, p.A2)(SFC, 7/18/09, p.C1)(SFC,
8/14/09, p.D1)(SFC, 1/5/11, p.C3)
2007 Nov 19, It was reported
that Chinese regulators in recent weeks have ordered commercial
banks to freeze lending through the end of the year. PM Wen Jiabao
acknowledged that vast amounts of currency were flowing out of China
through illegal channels. This followed the recent arrest of To Ling
(43), a Hong Kong resident, whose black market foreign exchange
business handled transactions worth more than $1 million a day.
(WSJ, 11/19/07, p.A1)(Econ, 11/24/07, p.78)
2007 Dec 2, Two outspoken
political veterans faced off in one of Hong Kong's most keenly
watched legislative elections. Pro-democracy candidate Anson Chan, a
hugely popular former government official, won a seat in Hong Kong's
legislature, a win she hailed as a victory for democracy in the
southern Chinese territory. Her closest opponent, former security
chief Regina Ip, who had the backing of Beijing-allied parties,
received 137,550, or 42.7% of votes.
(AP, 12/2/07)(AP, 12/3/07)
2007 Dec 29, China said Hong
Kong will be allowed to directly elect its leader in 2017 and all of
its lawmakers by 2020 at the earliest, an announcement that sparked
protests by pro-democracy activists who sought an earlier date.
2007 Dec, The 1,588-foot-tall
Int’l. Commerce Center, the tallest in Hong Kong and the 3rd tallest
in the world, opened for business on the Kowloon side of the city.
(WSJ, 12/5/07, p.B1)
2007 Anthony Hedley of the
Univ. of Hong Kong calculated that bad air in Hong Kong causes 1,600
deaths a year.
(Econ, 6/30/07, SR p.11)
2008 Feb 5, Ching Cheong (58),
a Hong Kong journalist charged with spying for Taiwan, was released
from prison in mainland China after being detained for nearly three
2008 Feb 6, The US SEC settled
with David Li, head of the Bank of East Asia, charges of insider
trading regarding last year’s acquisition of Down Jones by News
Corp. Michael Leung, another Hong Kong tycoon, and his family also
settled for $8.1 million in disgorged profits and a similar amount
(Econ, 2/9/08, p.83)
2008 Mar 22, Eighteen Ukrainian
sailors were missing after their tug boat sank off the Hong Kong
coast following a collision with a cargo ship. 7 people were
rescued. On Dec 13, 2010, a Hong Kong court convicted four seamen
over the deaths of the 18 Ukrainian sailors.
(Reuters, 3/23/08)(AFP, 1/13/10)
2008 Apr 9, Oasis Hong Kong
Airlines cancelled all flights and went into liquidation as a result
of high fuel costs.
(SFC, 4/10/08, p.C4)
2008 Apr 13, In Hong Kong the
historical epic "The Warlords" dominated the Hong Kong Film Awards
scooping 8 gongs including best film and best actor in martial arts
star Jet Li.
2008 Apr 30, The Olympic torch
returned to Chinese soil after a turbulent 20-nation tour, landing
in the bustling financial capital of Hong Kong where officials
deported at least seven activists before the flame's arrival.
2008 May 1, In Hong Kong 18
people were killed and at least 44 injured when a coach taking
elderly local residents to a religious ceremony overturned.
2008 Jun 7, In Hong Kong a
routine inspection found chickens infected with H5N1 bird flu in a
poultry market. Authorities slaughtered 2,700 birds and banned live
poultry imports from China.
(WSJ, 6/9/08, p.A12)
2008 Jun 11, Hong Kong
officials found bird-flu virus at three more food markets and
ordered the slaughter of some 3,500 birds at retail outlets.
(WSJ, 6/12/08, p.A13)
2008 Aug 22, Hong Kong issued
its highest storm warning in five years as Typhoon Nuri brought
hurricane-force winds and heavy rain, halting trade on financial
markets and shutting down most of the city.
2008 Sep 7, Hong Kong's
pro-democracy politicians lost several legislative seats in
elections, but held onto their veto power over major legislation as
they push for greater political freedoms in the Chinese territory.
Democratic parties won 23 of 60 legislative seats in the voting,
down from their previous 26.
2008 Sep 21, Hong Kong
authorities said they found traces of melamine in a batch of
Chinese-made Nestle commercial milk. The next day they forced Nestle
to recall the milk line.
(WSJ, 9/23/08, p.A22)
2008 Oct 5, Hong Kong said it
found two Cadbury chocolate products contained considerably more of
the industrial chemical melamine than the city's legal limit in a
growing scandal over Chinese tainted food. China attempted to
contain the fallout from the tainted milk scandal, announcing a new
survey of dairy products showed no traces of melamine and promising
to subsidize farmers hit by the scare.
(AP, 10/5/08)(AFP, 10/5/08)
2008 Nov 12, Hong Kong
officials said they had found elevated levels of melamine in fish
feed from China’s Fuzhou Haima Feed Co.
(WSJ, 11/13/08, p.A13)
2008 Nov 14, Thailand former PM
Thaksin and his wife, Pojaman, who married in 1976, divorced at the
Thai consul general's office in Hong Kong. A political observer
suggested the divorce could have been aimed at protecting the
family's considerable assets, which are mostly held in Pojaman's
2008 Dec 9, Hong Kong health
authorities said more than 80,000 chickens will be slaughtered after
bird flu was found on a poultry farm, the first outbreak at a farm
here in nearly six years.
2008 Dec 11, Hong Kong's
government confirmed that the deadly H5N1 virus was found at a
poultry farm, the first outbreak on a farm here in nearly six years.
2009 Jan 5, In Hong Kong a new
survey said one in five residents is considering leaving the city
because of its dire air quality, raising fears over the financial
2009 Jan 15, In Hong Kong Grace
Mugabe (43), the wife of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, struck
a photographer in the face repeatedly as her bodyguard grabbed him
when he was trying to snap photos of her leaving the five-star
Kowloon Shangri-la Hotel. She was later granted diplomatic immunity
from prosecution over her alleged assault of the British journalist.
2009 Feb 12, Hong Kong's High
Court quashed the conviction of Australian Kevin Egan, one of the
city's most high-profile lawyers, who had been jailed for leaking
the identity of a protected witness to a journalist.
2009 Mar 11, More than 30
shipping containers of ammonium nitrate fell off a ship in stormy
seas off Australia, damaging the ship's hull and leaking up to 30
tons of oil [see Mar 13]. Swire Shipping's cargo liner Pacific
Adventurer released about 200,000 liters (53,000 US gallons) of
heavy fuel oil off the coast of Queensland state as it travelled
through cyclonic weather. Australia later sought more than 18
million US dollars in compensation from a Hong Kong-based shipping
company. In August the Hong Kong-based Swire Shipping company said
it will pay Australia 25 million dollars (21 million US) in
compensation for the oil spill.
(AP, 3/11/09)(AFP, 5/6/09)(AFP, 8/8/09)
2009 Mar 15, Thirty three
pro-democracy legislators from Hong Kong crossed to Macao to
confront the local government over banned visitors. 5 were
immediately returned over “security reasons" and the rest were
allowed to deliver a letter of protest.
(Econ, 3/21/09, p.43)
2009 May 15, In Hong Kong 63
governments approved the Int’l. Convention for the Safe and
Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships. It aimed to make the
business of scrapping ships safer and greener by requiring higher
standards at recycling yards mostly located in South Asia. 107
environmental rights groups complained that the UN accord, doesn’t
go far enough.
(SFC, 5/16/09, p.A2)
2009 May 15, Hugh Van Es (67),
a Dutch photojournalist, died in Hong Kong. He covered the Vietnam
War and recorded the most famous image of the fall of Saigon in
1975, a group of people scaling a ladder to a CIA helicopter on a
2009 May 16, In Hong Kong two
bottles of acid were thrown into a crowd in a popular downtown
shopping district. 30 people suffered burns but none was seriously
injured. On the same street in December, 46 people suffered burns
when two plastic bottles filled with acid were thrown at
2009 May 30, Taiwan officials
said they had confiscated nearly 18,000 cases of Red Bull imported
from Austria after finding traces of cocaine. On June 1 Hong Kong
officials reported founding traces of cocaine in Red Bull cans. Red
Bull moved quickly to deny the findings and said independent tests
on the same batch of drinks had found no traces of cocaine.
2009 Jun 8, In Hong Kong an
unidentified assailant hurled acid in the busy Mong Kok shopping
district, injuring 24 pedestrians including a 4-year old girl. It
was the third in a series of acid attacks that have hurt some 100
2009 Jun 27, In Hong Kong
Michael Mudd, a student at California State University, Chico,
caused the crash of a taxi and the death of its driver before
commandeering the vehicle and slamming it into another cab. In 2010
Mudd (23) was sentenced to four years and three months in prison.
2009 Sep 6, In Hong Kong a man
hurled acid at pedestrians in the Mong Kok shopping district, in the
neighborhood's fourth acid attack in a year. The attacker (28),
arrested nearby, targeted a couple strolling through the district,
but also hurt nine others.
2009 Sep 13, In Hong Kong a
construction platform inside an elevator shaft collapsed, sending 5
workers 20 stories down to their deaths inside a skyscraper. One
worker was injured.
2009 Sep 18, In Hong Kong Du
Jun (41), a Beijing native and former managing director for Morgan
Stanley, was sentenced to 7 years in prison for insider trading. He
was also fined about $3 million.
(SFC, 9/19/09, p.D1)
2009 Oct 13, Guinea's military
government said it has signed a $7 billion mining agreement with a
Chinese company. Guinea is the world's largest producer of bauxite,
the raw material used to make aluminum, and also produces diamonds
and gold. The Hong Kong-based syndicate, China Int’l. Fund or China
Sonangol, transferred $100 million to the cash-strapped junta.
(AP, 10/13/09)(Econ, 8/13/11, p.23)
2009 Dec 1, In Hong Kong a
rare, 5-carat pink diamond was auctioned off for a record $10.8
million in Hong Kong.
2009 Dec 12, In Hong Kong 5
women and a man suffered burns in the incident in Causeway Bay, one
of a spate of acid attacks in the city. One woman's face and chest
were badly injured, with burns covering nearly 20 percent of her
body. On Jan 14 police charged a 23-year-old man over the acid
2009 Dec 12, In Thailand 4
Kazakhs and a Belarusian were detained and their New Zealand
registered aircraft impounded after it landed in the Thai capital
with tons of war weaponry on board that originated in North Korea.
The Ilyushin 76 transport from Kazakhstan was allegedly traveling
from North Korea to Sri Lanka when it asked to land in Bangkok to
refuel. According to a flight plan seen by arms trafficking
researchers, the aircraft was chartered by Hong Kong-based Union Top
Management Ltd. to fly oil industry spare parts from Pyongyang to
Tehran, Iran, with several other stops, including Bangkok, Colombo
in Sri Lanka, Azerbaijan and Ukraine. A New Zealand shell company,
SP Trading Ltd., had leased the airplane.
(AP, 12/12/09)(AP, 12/23/09)(AP, 1/22/10)
2009 In Hong Kong 15 families
controlled corporate assets worth 84% of GDP.
(Econ, 2/14/09, p.88)
2010 Jan 1, Thousands of Hong
Kong residents marched to the Chinese government's liaison office
demanding that Beijing grant full democracy to the semiautonomous
2010 Jan 1, In Japan a robber
bored a hole through the wall of jewelry shop and walked off with
about 200 luxury watches worth 300 million yen ($3.2 million) in
Tokyo's upscale Ginza district. On Jan 7-8 three men and 3 women
were arrested in Hong Kong in connection with the jewelry heist.
Police suspect many of the watches were mailed from Japan to Hong
Kong, with some then sent to mainland China.
(AP, 1/2/10)(AP, 1/9/10)
2010 Jan 10, Hong Kong police
arrested a man after two bottles of corrosive liquid were hurled
into a crowd in the city's Kowloon area. At least 30 people were
injured in the city's latest acid attack.
2010 Jan 15, In Hong Kong
protesters against a national high-speed rail network scuffled with
police as they tried but failed to storm the legislature. Another
500 staged a sit-in in front of the Hong Kong leader's mansion,
shutting down traffic. The $55 billion Hong Kong dollar ($7.1
billion) project to link Hong Kong to a national high-speed rail
network has run into a growing protest movement.
2010 Jan 22, Sir Percy Cradock
(86), the British diplomat who negotiated the terms for returning
Hong Kong to Chinese rule, died. He was ambassador to Beijing in
1983 when Britain opened negotiations on the handover of Hong Kong.
Britain gained an agreement on the principle of "one nation, two
systems" which preserved some of Hong Kong's democratic and economic
(AP, 1/29/10)(Econ, 2/13/10, p.87)
2010 Jan 26, In Hong Kong 5
pro-democracy lawmakers resigned their seats, vowing to turn the
resulting elections into a populist campaign for universal suffrage
in defiance of warnings from China.
2010 Feb 4, A Chinese ministry
statement ordered schools to sever all ties and cooperation with
Oxfam saying school administrators must ban all campus volunteer
recruitment efforts run by the group's Hong Kong office. It accused
the Hong Kong branch of having a hidden political agenda. Oxfam has
operated in mainland China for 20 years and worked in cooperation
with the government's poverty alleviation department. Oxfam, a
confederation of 14 national organizations that works in about 100
countries, was founded in Britain in 1942.
2010 Mar 22, Google announced
that its China search engine, google.cn, would automatically
redirect queries to its service in China's semiautonomous territory
of Hong Kong, where Google is not legally required to censor
2010 Apr 25, Police in Hong
Kong seized 820 pounds (372 kg) of cocaine from a suburban house
that was reportedly part of a botched drug shipment sent to the
southern Chinese territory by mistake. Police later said they have
arrested eight people, four men and four women aged 22 to 84, in
connection to the case, their largest seizure to date.
2010 May 8, In southeastern
China Zhou Yezhong (36) stabbed to death 8 people including his
wife, elderly mother and young daughter in Chengyuan village in
Jiangxi province. Another two people were killed and three wounded
in a stabbing spree by a man (42) in Hong Kong.
2010 May 16, Hong Kong held
by-elections triggered by pro-democracy lawmakers seeking to
pressure Beijing into speeding up the pace of electoral reform in
the territory. Most Hong Kongers stayed away from special elections
that five opposition lawmakers had triggered. A low turnout returned
five opposition legislators who had resigned. Beijing loyalists
called the engineered election a failure.
(AFP, 5/16/10)(AP, 5/16/10)(AP, 5/17/10)
2010 May 23, In southern China
a fuel rod at the Guangdong Daya Bay Nuclear Power Station
experienced a "very small leakage" that increased radioactivity
levels slightly in the nuclear reactor's cooling water. The plant
supplies power to Hong Kong.
2010 May 26, In Hong Kong a
10th employee of iPhone-maker Foxconn jumped to his death, just
hours after the company's chairman promised to make life better for
employees at the sprawling production site in southern China.
2010 May 29, Hong Kong police
confiscated a statue mourning victims of China's 1989 crackdown on
protesters in Tiananmen Square and arrested 13 activists, in what
critics called an escalation in political censorship in the
semiautonomous Chinese territory.
2010 Jun 4, Tens of thousands
of Hong Kong residents marked the bloody 1989 Tiananmen crackdown
with a candle-lit vigil, as agitation against Beijing intensifies in
the former British colony.
2010 Jun 23, In Hong Kong
thousands of protestors chanting slogans and blaring vuvuzelas faced
off as legislators debated a controversial plan to enact limited
political reforms in the Chinese territory. Pro-democracy Hong Kong
legislators attacked a proposal for limited political reforms made
by the territory's Beijing-appointed government and tried to stall a
vote expected to go in the administration's favor.
2010 Jun 25, Hong Kong's
legislature agreed to add 10 elected seats, completing a set of
Beijing-backed electoral changes that critics say reinforce the
territory's undemocratic political system.
2010 Jul 17, Hong Kong adopted
its first minimum wage law, but no rate was yet set
(Econ, 7/17/10, p.73)(http://tinyurl.com/2cx6os2)
2010 Aug 23, Philippine police
stormed a bus in downtown Manila after shots were heard from the
hostage-taker of 15 Chinese tourists. Former Senior Inspector
Rolando Mendoza (55), armed with a M16 rifle, had seized the busload
of Hong Kong tourists to demand his reinstatement in the force. 8
tourists were killed along with Mendoza. Ken Leung died trying to
subdue the gunman, who then killed his two daughters, Doris (21) and
Jessie (14). The only survivors were the mother, Amy, and son Jason
(18), who fell into a coma after suffering a head wound. Jason awoke
from his coma around mid October. On Dec 16 Manila said it will pay
compensation to the families of 8 Hong Kong tourists killed during
the botched hostage rescue.
(AP, 8/23/10)(AP, 8/24/10)(AP, 10/20/10)(AFP,
2010 Aug 29, In Hong Kong an
estimated 80,000 people marched in honor of eight locals killed in a
bus hijacking in Manila, denouncing the Philippine government for
botching the rescue operation and demanding justice for the dead.
2010 Nov 14, Authorities in
Hong Kong detained the Decretive, a Maltese-flagged container
vessel, over a debt dispute with several European banks. The target
of the dispute is the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines
(IRISL), the guarantor of bank loans which funded the Decretive's
construction in 2008. Loan defaults totaled 268 million US dollars.
2010 Dec 8, Brazilian mining
giant Vale made its Hong Kong trading debut, the first South
American firm to list in the city, as the company ramps up its
exposure to resource-hungry China.
2010 Dec 15, Hong Kong police
said they have dealt a major blow to a notorious triad group, after
a territory-wide series of raids rounded up dozens of people,
including a suspected gang leader.
2011 Jan 2, Hong Kong democracy
activist Szeto Wah (b.1931) died. He was a leading campaigner for
the victims of Beijing's 1989 crackdown on protesters at Tiananmen
Square, a voice for mainland dissidents, and founder of the Hong
Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China.
2011 Feb 17, Hong Kong’s health
authority said at least 12 people have died from swine flu in less
than a month, after the latest death from the disease.
2011 Feb 27, Britain’s Sunday
Times reported that Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing is set to clinch
the acquisition of a power distribution business in a deal which
would see him control half of Britain's electricity network.
2011 Mar 5, In Hong Kong 15
families controlled more than two thirds of the stockmarket.
(Econ, 3/5/11, p.16)
2011 Mar 30, Hong Kong said it
had passed laws to comply with UN sanctions against Iran, two months
after 20 shipping firms in the city were accused of having links to
Tehran's weapons buildup.
2011 Apr 17, Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev became the first Kremlin chief to tour Hong Kong,
seeking fresh investment as aides and executives signaled a rise in
Russian listings in the city.
2011 May 15, Hong Kong-based
Galaxy Entertainment opened is new $1.9 billion Galaxy casino in
(Econ, 5/21/11, p.70)
2011 May 18, Hong Kong’s new
Mercantile Exchange began trading a dollar-denominated futures
contract tied to the physical delivery of gold.
(Econ, 5/14/11, p.94)
2011 Jun 29, In Hong Kong
Birmingham City owner Carson Yeung (51), a one-time hairdresser
turned football tycoon, was arrested by police. The next day he
appeared in court and was charged with money-laundering. Prosecutors
said investigations had revealed around HK$720 million ($92 million)
passing through accounts connected with Yeung. He was released on
HK$7 million ($900,000) bail following a brief appearance at the
2011 Jul 1, In Hong Kong tens
of thousands of people vented anger over skyrocketing property
prices and government policies at an annual march held on the
anniversary of the former British colony's return to Chinese rule.
Police arrested 231 people and used pepper spray during the
(AP, 7/1/11)(AFP, 7/2/11)
2011 Jul 18, Hong Kong ordered
pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline to recall an antibiotic used to
treat infections in children after tests revealed the British firm's
Augmentin antibiotic tablet contained several plasticizers,
including diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP).
2011 Aug 20, In Hong Kong about
300 reporters and photographers rallied against what they called the
suppression of press freedom and freedom of expression during the
visit earlier this week of China’s Vice Premier Li Keqiang's.
2011 Aug 22, In Hong Kong
hearings arguments began in a case where Evangeline Banao Vallejos,
a Filipino woman, challenged a legal provision denying permanent
residency to the hundreds of thousands of foreign maids in a
landmark court case that sees them fighting for equal treatment with
the city's other foreign residents.
2011 Sep 18, Hong Kong police
said they have made the southern Chinese territory's largest ever
cocaine bust, seizing more than half a ton of the drug, worth around
$77 million. 8 people were arrested including an American man, a
Colombian woman with Hong Kong residency and five Mexicans.
2011 Sep 30, A Hong Kong court
ruled that a law banning foreign maids from permanent residency is
unconstitutional in a landmark case that could pave the way for a
flood of applications. The legal action brought by Evangeline Banao
Vallejos (59), a domestic helper from the Philippines who has lived
in the city since 1986.
2011 Oct 15, In Hong Kong some
500 people gathered in the heart of the financial district to
express their anger at the inequities and excesses of free-market
capitalism. Protesters across the Asia-Pacific region joined
worldwide demonstrations inspired by the "Occupy Wall Street" and
"Indignants" movements. The movement was born on May 15 when a rally
in Madrid's central square of Puerta del Sol sparked a protest that
spread nationwide, then to other countries.
2011 Oct 16, Hong Kong's iconic
1.8km cross-harbor swimming race made its return after a 33-year
suspension forced by pollution and heavy traffic on the famous
waterway. The tradition dating back to 1906 was halted in 1978 as
water quality deteriorated.
2011 Oct 23, In Hong Kong more
than 1000 protesters, including pregnant women, marched to oppose
the growing number of mainland Chinese women coming to the city to
give birth. Women from mainland China are keen to have babies in
Hong Kong because it entitles their child to rights of abode and
2011 Nov 15, Hong Kong customs
officers intercepted a record haul of 33 rhino horns, 758 ivory
chopsticks and 127 bracelets hidden inside a container shipped from
2011 Gordon Mathews authored
“Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chungking mansions, Hong Kong."
(Econ, 8/20/11, p.76)
2012 Feb 10, In Hong Kong
mainland woman Xu Li (29) was charged in a magistrates' court for
her role as a "birth agent," the first prosecution of its kind as
the southern city cracks down on the practice.
2012 Feb 17, Swiss authorities
said they have confiscated $6 trillion in counterfeit US bonds at
the request of Italian prosecutors. In Italy eight people were
arrested across the country and placed under investigation for fraud
and other crimes. The bonds, carrying the false date of issue of
1934, had been transported in 2007 from Hong Kong to Zurich, where
they were transferred to a Swiss trust.
2012 Mar 25, Hong Kong held
elections for a new chief executive. Only 1,200 people, handpicked
from the populations, were eligible to vote. Henry Tang Ying-Yen was
favored to win. Self-made millionaire property consultant Leung
Chun-ying (57) won the leadership election with 689 votes.
(Econ, 3/3/12, p.58)(AFP, 3/25/12)(SFC, 3/26/12,
2012 Mar 28, Hong Kong's court
of appeal overturned a Sep 30, 2011, landmark ruling that opened the
door for thousands of foreign maids to claim residency saying the
High Court could not override the government's authority to decide
who can live in the city and who cannot.
2012 Apr 1, In Hong Kong some
15 thousand people noisily protested against the city's incoming
leader, Leung Chun-ying, and decried Beijing's alleged interference
in the election that propelled him to office.
2012 Apr 16, Sex experts urged
Hong Kongers to strip off their reputation as some of the least
active lovers in Asia to get more out of their sex lives and
overcome challenges of privacy in a cramped city.
2012 May 3, In Hong Kong
authorities arrested Walter Kwok, the eldest sibling of the Kwok
brothers, over bribery allegations in a corruption scandal. The
Kwoks are among Hong Kong's richest men and Sun Hung Kai Properties
is the city's biggest property developer by market capitalization.
2012 Jun 29, Chinese President
Hu Jintao urged Hong Kong's restive people to embrace the motherland
as he visited the financial citadel for the 15th anniversary of its
return to rule by Beijing.
2012 Jun 30, Hong Kong police
used pepper spray to disperse crowds demonstrating against Chinese
President Hu Jintao, ahead of the 15th anniversary of the
territory's handover amid tight security.
2012 Jul 1, Hong Kong's biggest
protest for nearly a decade packed the former British colony's
streets in a defiant reception for its new leader and a show of
popular anger after 15 years of Chinese rule. The vast rally came
after Leung Chun-ying, a millionaire property consultant seen as
close to China's communist authorities, was sworn in as chief
executive in front of Chinese President Hu Jintao -- who had his
2012 Jul 6, Hong Kong officials
said customs officers made the biggest ever cocaine bust, seizing
1,430 pounds of the drug worth some $98 million in a shipping
container from Ecuador. Three men were arrested.
(SFC, 7/7/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 12, Hong Kong's
anti-corruption watchdog said it has arrested four people including
a minister and a senior civil servant for allegedly violating their
government housing allowances.
2012 Jul 13, Two of Hong Kong's
richest tycoons and a former senior official were charged with
corruption in the biggest graft scandal the regional banking hub has
seen. Sun Hung Kai Properties co-chairmen Thomas and Raymond Kwok,
two of Asia's wealthiest men, were among five people charged with
2012 Jul 24, Hong Kong
authorities issued a hurricane warning for the first time since 1999
as Typhoon Vicente roared to within 100 km of Hong Kong shortly
after midnight, disrupting dozens of flights to the regional hub.
2012 Jul 29, Thousands of
stroller-pushing Hong Kong parents and activists protested a plan to
introduce national education lessons, slamming it as a bid to
brainwash children with Chinese propaganda.
2012 Jul 31, Australian police
seized a record half a ton of methamphetamine and heroin worth up to
A$500 million ($525 million) hidden in a shipment of terracotta pots
from Thailand. Seven people, including four from Hong Kong, were
arrested after a year-long investigation following a tip-off from US
2012 Aug 2, Hong Kong choked
under the worst smog ever recorded in the city, with residents
warned to stay indoors, away from the blanket of toxic haze.
2012 Aug 13, In Hong Kong HSBC
won a legal bid to clear out anti-capitalist protesters from a
public space below the bank's Asian headquarters in the southern
Chinese financial center. A judge ruled that the activists must
leave by 9 p.m. on Aug 27.
2012 Aug 15, Japan made 14
arrests after pro-China activists from Hong Kong landed on Senkaku
(aka Diaoyu) island at the center of a bitter territorial dispute.
On Aug 17 half of the group were put aboard a commercial airliner in
the Okinawan main city of Naha and arrived in Hong Kong. The other
half were taken back to their boat in Ishigaki.
(AFP, 8/15/12)(AFP, 8/17/12)
2012 Sep 3, A Hong Kong-owned
company, National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), said it has
completed the acquisition of bankrupt car maker Saab and will move
ahead with its business plan to make electric cars under the Swedish
2012 Sep 7, It was reported
that hunger-striking Hong Kong students and their supporters have
taken control of a city plaza against the introduction of “national
education" courses aiming to boost a sense of shared identity with
(SFC, 9/7/12, p.A4)
2012 Sep 8, Hong Kong officials
backed down on plans to make students take Chinese patriotism
classes following a week of protests in the former British colony
sparked by fears of pro-Beijing "brainwashing."
2012 Oct 1, In Hong Kong two
boats collided in local waters killing 38 holiday revelers. Police
the next day arrested seven crew members but offered no theory about
how the vessels ran into each other on a clear night in one of the
safest and most regulated waterways in Asia.
2012 Oct 20, Hong Kong
officials said customs officers have confiscated 4 tons of ivory
valued at $3.4 million in containers shipped from Tanzania and
(SSFC, 10/21/12, p.A4)
2012 Nov 20, A 5-year-old sex
tape of an 18-year-old woman allegedly hired by developers to sleep
with a city official exploded on the Chinese Internet when
screenshots of it were uploaded by a Beijing-based former journalist
Zhu Ruifeng to his Hong Kong-registered website, an independent
online clearing house for corruption allegations.
2013 Jan 1, In Hong Kong
thousands of demonstrators in rival marches crowded the main
shopping district to praise or condemn chief executive Leung
Chun-ying. Critics accused him of misleading the public on a
controversial real estate deal and of being a puppet installed by
(SFC, 1/2/13, p.A3)
2013 Jan 4, Hong Kong customs
officials said they have intercepted a container with 779 elephant
tusks weighing 2,900 pounds from Kenya.
(SFC, 1/5/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 9, In Hong Kong
pro-democracy lawmakers made a symbolic attempt to impeach
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. The 27 pro-democracy legislators
were outnumbered by pro-Beijing representatives in the 70-seat
2013 Jan 15, A Hong Kong
company controlled by controlled by Li Ka-shing, Asia's richest man,
said that it's buying New Zealand's second biggest waste disposal
company, EnviroWaste Services Ltd., from Australian private equity
firm Ironbridge Capital.
2013 Apr 4, Hong Kong hosted
the 4th meeting of the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET).
(Econ, 4/13/13, p.73)
2013 Apr 5, Mexico’s President
Enrique Pena Nieto visited Hong Kong, and said "I am convinced that
Mexican products should take advantage of the dynamism of China's
markets." A report by a chief economist for Bank of America Merrill
Lynch this week estimated that Mexico's labor costs are now 19.6
percent lower than China's.
2013 May 13, Hong Kong's top
court granted a transgender woman the right to marry her boyfriend
in a watershed ruling that falls short of allowing same-sex
2013 Jun 9, In Hong Kong some
700 activists gathered to organize a campaign for genuine democarcy
under the name “Occupy Central," Central being the city’s main
(Econ, 6/15/13, p.46)
2013 Jun 9, Britain’s Guardian
newspaper said that Edward Snowden (29), a contractor who says he
worked at the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence
Agency, is the source of leaks about a phone records monitoring
program and an Internet scouring program. Snowden was working in an
NSA office in Hawaii until he left for Hong Kong on May 20.
2013 Jun 12, In an interview
with the South China Morning Post newspaper, Edward Snowden claimed
the US has long been attacking a Hong Kong university that routes
all Internet traffic in and out of the semiautonomous Chinese
2013 Jun 13, Nicaragua’s
Congress voted to give Wang Jing the concession to build a canal
across the country. His HK Nicaragua Canal Development Investment
Co. (HKND) still had to study whether the idea is truly economically
viable. The vote gave his Hong Kong-based company 50 years of
exclusive rights to study the plan and build and operate a canal in
exchange for Nicaragua receiving a minority share of any profits.
(AP, 6/13/13)(Econ, 10/5/13, p.40)
2013 Jun 20, An Icelandic
businessman linked to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks said he had
readied a private plane in China to fly Edward Snowden, who has
admitted leaking secrets about classified US surveillance programs,
from Hong Kong to Iceland if Iceland's government would grant
2013 Jun 21, US sources said
the US government has filed sealed criminal charges against former
National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who has admitted
leaking secrets about classified US surveillance programs. Snowden
was believed to be hiding in Hong Kong.
2013 Jun 23, Former US National
Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden flew from Hong Kong to
Russia. A report said he intended to fly to Cuba on June 24 and then
on to Caracas, Venezuela.
2013 Jul 1, In Hong Kong tens
of thousands took to the streets in protest, demanding that Leung
Chun-ying, their widely disliked Beijing-backed leader, resign and
pressing for promised democratic reforms so they can choose their
own top representative. The annual protest march has become
increasingly popular in recent years.
(AP, 7/1/13)(SFC, 7/2/13, p.A2)
2013 Sep 18, A Hong Kong couple
were jailed for torturing, beating and abusing their Indonesian
maid, who said they once dressed her in a diaper and tied her to a
chair for five days while they went on holiday. Tai Chi-wai (42), an
electric appliance salesman, was jailed for three years and three
months. His wife, Catherine Au Yuk-shan (41), a public hospital
assistant, got five-and-a-half years. Kartika Puspitasari (30) was
assaulted and tortured over a two-year period until she escaped last
2013 Oct 3, Hong Kong officials
said customs agents have seized 189 elephant tusks, valued at about
$1.5 million, in the city’s 3rd biggest bust of endangered species
products in three months.
(SFC, 10/4/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 7, In Hong Kong a
118-carat white diamond, discovered in the rough in 2011 in southern
Africa, sold at auction for $30.6 million.
(SFC, 10/8/13, p.A4)
2013 Dec 3, Hong Kong officials
said they will quarantine 17 people after the city confirmed its
first human case of the deadly H7N9 bird flu.
2013 Dec 6, Hong Kong reported
its second human case of H7N9 bird flu just days after the first,
raising fears that the virus is spreading beyond mainland China.
2014 Jan 1, In Hong Kong
thousands marched to demand a greater say in choosing their future
leaders, expressing fears China will limit long-awaited political
reforms, but turnout fell short of expectations.
2014 Jan 7, Hong Kong movie and
TV mogul Run Run Shaw (b.1907) died. He had built an empire that
nurtured rising talents like actor Chow Yun-fat and director John
Woo, inspired Hollywood filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino and
produced the sci-fi classic "Blade Runner" (1982).
2014 Jan 19, In Hong Kong
thousands of people rallied to demand justice for a young Indonesian
maid who was badly beaten by her employer in a case that has sparked
widespread outrage and a police investigation into accusations of
2014 Jan 20, Law Wan-tung (44)
of Hong Kong was arrested on suspicion of abusing her Indonesian
maids as she tried to leave for Thailand. The case sparked
widespread outrage and drawn fresh attention to the risks faced by
the migrant community. Erwiana Sulistyaningsih (23), a maid who said
she had been badly beaten by her employer, was recovering at a
hospital in Sragen, central Java, after flying out from Hong Kong in
(Reuters, 1/20/14)(SFC, 1/23/14, p.A2)(AP,
2014 Jan 28, Hong Kong culled
around 20,000 chickens after finding the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus
in poultry imported from mainland China. Fears over avian flu have
grown following the deaths of two men from the H7N9 strain in Hong
Kong since December.
2014 Feb 23, In Hong Kong
thousands rallied outside government headquarters demanding the
city's leader uphold media freedoms amid growing anger towards
perceived behind-the-scenes intrusions on local media outlets.
2014 Feb 26, Hong Kong
newspaper editor Kevin Lau (49), who became the center of
controversy last month after being sacked from his post, struggled
for his life after being stabbed multiple times by an unknown
attacker in Hong Kong. On August 13, 2015, Yip Kim-wah and Wong
Chi-wah were convicted of causing "grievous bodily harm with intent"
in the stabbing. On August 21 both men were jailed for 19 years. The
two men told police they had each been paid HK$100,000 ($12,900) to
attack Lau but refused to say who paid them.
2/26/14)(Reuters, 8/13/15)(Reuters, 8/20/15)
2014 Mar 2, In Hong Kong
thousands marched to support press freedom and denounce violence
following the Feb 26 attack on Kevin Lau Chun-to, former editor of
the Ming Pao newspaper.
(SFC, 3/3/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 19, In Hong Kong two
senior figures from the Hong Kong Morning News Media Group were
attacked weeks after Kevin Lau, a former editor of the liberal Ming
Pao newspaper, was critically wounded in another assault.
2014 Apr 10, China unveiled a
plan to give foreign investors greater access to its stock market by
allowing investors in Shanghai and Hong Kong to trade shares on each
2014 Apr 13, In Hong Kong Wong
Kar Wai's much lauded kung fu epic "The Grandmaster" won a record
dozen honors at the Hong Kong Film Awards.
2014 Apr 23, Hong Kong scrapped
travel sanctions against the Philippines after Manila issued an
apology and offered greater compensation for the deaths of eight
tourists during a 2010 hostage-taking and siege.
2014 May 5, Eleven crew of the
Zhong Xing 2, a Chinese cargo ship, were missing as it sank
following a collision with the Marshall Islands-registered MOL
Motivator, a large container ship, in the waters off Hong Kong.
2014 May 8, In Hong Kong a
blockbuster corruption trial involving property tycoons Thomas and
Raymond Kwok got under way. They were among five defendants pleading
not guilty to bribery charges.
2014 May 9, The US Treasury
Department said it has reached an information-sharing agreement with
Hong Kong under a new law meant to combat offshore tax dodging by
2014 May 15, Hong Kong started
incinerating its nearly 30-ton stockpile of confiscated ivory to
show it's serious about cracking down on an illegal wildlife trade
that is devastating Africa's elephant population.
2014 Jun 1, Thousands of people
marched through downtown Hong Kong to remember the June 4, 1989,
bloody crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing, days
before the 25th anniversary of the tumultuous event.
2014 Jun 4, In Hong Kong
thousands gathered in a park to mark the 25th anniversary of the
crushing of the Tiananmen Square protesters in China.
(Econ, 7/6/14, p.49)
2014 Jun 10, China’s government
issued a “white paper" asserting that autonomy granted to Hong Kong
in 1997 was entirely dependent on China’s leaders.
(Econ, 7/5/14, p.37)
2014 Jun 11, Foreign business
groups in Hong Kong joined the city's billionaire tycoons in
opposing a pro-democracy group's plans for an Occupy-style protest
while activists burned copies of a policy document asserting
Beijing's authority over the Asian financial center.
2014 Jun 20, Tens of thousands
of Hong Kongers voted in an unofficial referendum on democratic
reform that has alarmed Beijing and sets the stage for a possible
showdown with the government, with mass protests aimed at shutting
down the Chinese capitalist enclave's financial district.
2014 Jun 22, Tens of thousands
of Hong Kongers lined up to vote, joining hundreds of thousands of
others who cast electronic ballots in the first three days of an
unofficial referendum on democratic reform that Beijing has blasted
as a farce.
2014 Jun 27, In Hong Kong more
than 800 lawyers protested over a requirement for judges to be
patriotic to China. In what was seen as a thinly veiled threat ahead
of a 10-day referendum, Beijing had released a policy document that
said, among other things, that Hong Kong's autonomy comes at the
discretion of the central government and included a requirement for
judges to be patriotic to China.
2014 Jun 29, In Hong Kong an
informal referendum aimed at bolstering support for greater
democracy wound down after drawing nearly 800,000 votes and the ire
of Beijing, which denounced it as a political farce.
2014 Jun 30, In Hong Kong the
results of a 10-day referendum indicated overwhelming support for
the Legislative Council to reject any electoral reform proposed by
China that does not meet int’l. standards. About 23% of registered
(SFC, 6/30/14, p.A4)
2014 Jul 1, In Hong Kong tens
of thousands marched through the streets of the former British
colony to push for greater democracy in a rally fueled by anger over
Beijing's recent warning that it holds the ultimate authority over
the southern Chinese financial center.
2014 Jul 2, Hong Kong police
arrested 511 people who staged an unauthorized overnight sit-in on
an avenue running through the heart of the city after a rally the
day before in which tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in
the streets to push for the right to elect their leader free of
limits Beijing wants to impose.
2014 Jul 9, Nicaragua’s
government and HKND Group of Hong Kong unveiled the route for a
proposed $40 billion canal to compete with the Panama
Canal.Construction was expected to start this December.
(SFC, 7/10/14, p.A6)
2014 Jul 15, Hong Kong's Chief
Executive Leung Chun-ying formally asked Beijing for legal changes
that would ultimately let residents of the southern Chinese city
elect his successor, but he downplayed calls for the public to
nominate candidates free of China's vetting.
2014 Aug 14, Hong Kong's Law
Society passed an historic vote of no-confidence in its president
over pro-Beijing comments, revealing a determination by the
traditionally conservative lawyers to confront perceived threats
from China to the legal independence in the free-wheeling, global
2014 Aug 17, In Hong Kong tens
of thousands of people, many wearing red as a sign of their
patriotism to China, took part in a demonstration march to protest a
planned civil disobedience campaign by pro-democracy activists in
2014 Aug 27, China moved to
limit 2017 elections for Hong Kong's leader to a handful of
candidates loyal to Beijing.
2014 Aug 28, In Hong Kong
anti-corruption officers in Hong Kong raided the home of Jimmy Lai,
a media magnate and outspoken critic of Beijing who has supported
pro-democracy activists through his publications.
2014 Sep 8, Hong Kong pulled
pineapple buns and dumplings from the shelves after Taiwanese
authorities said a factory in the south of the island illegally used
243 tons of tainted products, often referred to as "gutter oil", to
mix with lard oil. Oil from Chang Guann, the Taiwanese oil
manufacturer, was at the heart of the scandal.
2014 Sep 8, Harvard Univeresity
announced that its school of public health has received a record
$350 million donation from the philanthropic foundation established
by the family of Hong Kong real estate developer T.H. Chan (d.1986).
(SFC, 9/9/14, p.A5)
2014 Sep 9, Hong Kong democracy
activists shaved their heads in a symbolic act of protest against
China's increased political control over the city.
2014 Sep 14, In Hong Kong
thousands of pro-democracy activists clad in black marched silently,
holding banners saying they felt betrayed and angry at Beijing's
refusal to allow fully-democratic elections for the city's next
chief executive in 2017.
2014 Sep 22, Thousands of Hong
Kong college and university students boycotted classes to protest
Beijing's decision to restrict voting reforms, the start of a
weeklong strike that marks the latest phase in the battle for
democracy in the southern Chinese city.
2014 Sep 23, Hong Kong's
striking students gave the city's leader 48 hours to honor his
promise to listen to the people, threatening further action if he
failed to respond to their demands for greater democracy.
2014 Sep 27, In Hong Kong tens
of thousands of people massed in the heart of the city to demand
more democracy, as tensions grew over Beijing's decision to rule out
free elections in the former British colony. Riot police arrested
dozens of students who stormed the government headquarters compound
during a night of scuffles.
(Reuters, 9/27/14)(AP, 9/27/14)
2014 Sep 28, Hong Kong police
fired volleys of tear gas to disperse pro-democracy protests and
baton-charged a crowd blocking a key road in the government district
in defiance of official warnings against illegal demonstrations.
2014 Sep 28, Instagram, the
popular photo-sharing service owned by Facebook Inc., was reported
blocked in China amid pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
2014 Sep 29, Hong Kong
democracy protesters defied volleys of tear gas and police baton
charges to stand firm in the center of the global financial hub, one
of the biggest political challenges for China since the Tiananmen
Square crackdown 25 years ago.
2014 Oct 1, Hong Kong student
leaders of the pro-democracy protests warned that if the territory's
top official doesn't resign today they will step up their actions,
including occupying several important government buildings.
2014 Oct 2, In Hong Kong crowds
of protesters swelled after police were seen unloading boxes of tear
gas and rubber bullets, sending tensions soaring. Huge throngs have
given Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying until midnight to step down or
face escalated action. Chun-ying agreed to open talks with
pro-democracy protesters but refused to stand down.
(AFP, 10/2/14)(AP, 10/3/14)
2014 Oct 3, In Hong Kong
violent scuffles broke out in Mong Kok, a famous and congested
shopping district, as hundreds of supporters of Chinese rule stormed
tents and ripped down banners belonging to pro-democracy protesters,
forcing many to retreat.
2014 Oct 4, In Hong Kong tens
of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators gathered for a peace
rally, as the city's security chief furiously denied the government
had used triad gangs to attack them a day earlier. More than a
thousand rival protesters, some wearing helmets, faced off in the
densely populated Mong Kok district, fueling concerns that the
Chinese-controlled city's worst unrest in decades could take a more
(AFP, 10/4/14)(Reuters, 10/4/14)
2014 Oct 6, In Hong Kong
pro-democracy protests subsided as students and civil servants
returned to school and work after more than a week of
demonstrations, but activists vowed to keep up their campaign of
2014 Oct 7, In Hong Kong crowds
of protesters who filled the streets with demands for more democracy
thinned dramatically after student leaders and the government agreed
to hold talks in the increasingly frustrated city.
2014 Oct 9, Democratic
lawmakers in Hong Kong demanded anti-graft officers investigate a
$6.4 million business payout to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. The
city’s government canceled talks with student leaders of a
pro-democracy protest that has blocked streets in the city for
nearly two weeks, with a senior official saying the discussions were
unlikely to be constructive.
(Reuters, 10/9/14)(AP, 10/9/14)
2014 Oct 9, The annual
Innovation Awards, sponsored by The Economist magazine, were awarded
in Hong Kong. The winners were: Jay Keasling of UC Berkeley for
developing synthetic artemisinin, the main ingredient in the
treatment of malaria; Andrew Rubin, a former VP of Google, for
developing the Android smartphone operating system; Urs Holzle, VP
of Google for energy efficient data centers; Nandan Nilekani, former
chairman of Unique Identification Authority of India, for the
development of India’s national ID system; Perry Chen, Yancey
Strickler and Charles Adler, the founders of Kickstarter, for
popularizing crowdfunding; Renaud Laplanche, founder and CEO of
Lending Club, for popularizing peer to peer consumer lending; Jack
Dorsey, Biz Stone and Evan Williams for pioneering microblogging
using short messages (Twitter); and the Pixar company for computer
(Econ, 12/6/14, TQ p.9)
2014 Oct 10, In Hong Kong
thousands of protesters poured into a main road for a pro-democracy
rally, reviving a civil disobedience movement a day after the
government called off talks with student leaders.
2014 Oct 11, Hong Kong students
leading pro-democracy protests issued an open letter to Chinese
President Xi Jinping, urging him to consider political reforms in
the city and blaming the city's unpopular leader for the
demonstrations. Thousands of people returned for sit-ins in Hong
Kong's main protest zone.
2014 Oct 11, China’s social
media began reporting that authorities have ordered books by
Chinese-American scholar Yu Ying-shih to be removed from sale, as
Beijing expresses its displeasure with writers showing support for
pro-democracy movements in Hong Kong and elsewhere.
2014 Oct 13, In Hong Kong
police began removing some barricades in the areas of Central and
Admiralty, home to global financial institutions and government
buildings Hundreds of people, which included taxi and truck drivers,
tore down protest barriers in the business district, scuffling with
protesters who have occupied the streets for two weeks.
2014 Oct 14, Hundreds of Hong
Kong police used sledgehammers and chainsaws to tear down barricades
erected by pro-democracy protesters near government offices and the
financial center, reopening a major road for the first time in two
2014 Oct 15, Hong Kong's most
prominent tycoon, Li Ka-shing, urged protesters who have occupied
parts of the city since late last month to go home. Police arrested
about 45 protesters, using pepper spray against those who resisted,
and cleared a main road in the city.
2014 Oct 16, Hong Kong police
used pepper spray to stop protesters from blocking a major road the
office of Leung Chun-ying amid public anger over the police beating
and kicking a protester. Chun-ying sought to defuse tension with
pro-democracy protesters, saying he hopes the two sides can talk
2014 Oct 17, Hong Kong riot
police battled with thousands of pro-democracy protesters for
control of the city’s streets.
(SFC, 10/18/14, p.A2)
2014 Oct 19, Hong Kong police
charged protesters gathered at a barricade early today, leaving many
requiring medical treatment just hours after the government
confirmed talks aimed at ending three weeks of pro-democracy
2014 Oct 21, Hong Kong student
leaders and government officials talked but agreed on as the city's
Beijing-backed leader reaffirmed his unwillingness to compromise on
the key demand of activists camped in the streets now for a fourth
2014 Oct 22, In Hong Kong about
200 protesters marched to the home of the city's Beijing-backed
leader to push their case for greater democracy a day after talks
between student leaders and senior officials failed to break the
2014 Nov 2, Hong Kong police
questioned British financier Rurik George Caton Jutting (29), who
worked for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, after the grisly discovery
a day earlier of two female corpses, including one in a suitcase, in
his apartment. Jutting was charged with two counts of murder.
(AFP, 11/2/14)(SFC, 11/6/14, p.A3)
2014 Nov 6, In Hong Kong
pro-democaracy protesters clashed with police for the first time in
over two weeks. Thousands remained camped on the streets demanding
open nominations in elections for the city’s leader.
(SFC, 11/7/14, p.A2)
2014 Nov 15, Three Hong Kong
student leaders were stopped from boarding a flight to Beijing to
take their fight for greater democracy directly to the Chinese
government after airline authorities said their travel permits were
2014 Nov 18, Hong Kong police,
enforcing a court order, cleared some of the pro-democracy protester
barricades from in front of an office building near the government
(Econ, 11/22/14, p.40)
2014 Nov 19, Hong Kong police
arrested at least 6 people after dozens of demonstrators attempted
to break into the legislature overnight.
(SFC, 11/20/14, p.A4)
2014 Nov 21, In Hong Kong
dozens of protesters gathered outside the British consulate,
accusing the former colonial power of failing to pressure China to
grant free elections in the city and protect freedoms guaranteed in
a joint treaty.
2014 Nov 25, Hong Kong
authorities attempted to clear a 2-month-old pro-democracy protest
camp in Mong Kok district. Hundreds more protesters flooded the
crowded neighborhood. 80 people were arrested.
2014 Nov 26, Hong Kong police
cleared one of the largest protest sites that has choked the city
for months, arresting scores of pro-democracy activists in what
could be a turning point in the fight to wrest greater political
freedom from Beijing's control. Seven police officers were arrested
for the beating of a pro-democracy protester last month.
(Reuters, 11/26/14)(SFC, 11/27/14, p.A2)
2014 Nov 27, Hong Kong police
arrested 11 more people in a second night of scuffles with
demonstrators angry at having their 2-month-old pro-democracy
protest camp in a volatile neighborhood shut down.
2014 Dec 1, Thousands of Hong
Kong pro-democracy activists forced the temporary closure of
government headquarters after clashing with police, defying orders
to retreat after more than two months of sustained protests in the
2014 Dec 2, Three founders of
Hong Kong's pro-democracy protest movement called for an end to
street demonstrations to prevent more violence and take the campaign
to a new stage. Professors Benny Tai Yiu-ting and Chan Kin-man and
Pastor Chu Yiu-ming said they planned to surrender to police on Dec
3 to take responsibility for the protests.
2014 Dec 10, China General
Nuclear Power, established in 1994, floated shares on the Hong Kong
stock exchange. Shares in China's largest nuclear power producer
surged almost 20 percent on its debut.
(Econ, 12/6/14, p.18)(http://tinyurl.com/p59lh8h)
2014 Dec 11, Hong Kong police
arrested some 209 pro-democracy activists and cleared most of the
main protest site, marking an end to more than two months of street
demonstrations in the Chinese-controlled city.
(Reuters, 12/11/14)(AP, 12/11/14)
2014 Dec 13, Hong Kong police
said that they would clear out the third and final pro-democracy
protest camp next week, putting an end to demonstrations that have
blocked traffic in the southern Chinese city's streets for 2 1/2
2014 Dec 15, Hong Kong police
pulled down barriers at the third and final pro-democracy
demonstration camp, putting an end to rallies that blocked traffic
for 2½ months.
(SFC, 12/15/14, p.A2)
2014 Dec 19, A Hong Kong jury
found Thomas Kwok, a billionaire property developer and a former top
government official, guilty of corruption after a high profile trial
that amplified anger at the city's elite.
2014 Dec 23, Hong Kong property
tycoon Thomas Kwok and Rafael Hui (66), the city's former deputy
leader, were jailed for corruption after a trial that shocked the
city and deepened anger at cozy ties between officialdom and big
2014 Dec 24, Hong Kong police
overnight arrested 12 protesters blocking several roads as
pro-democracy demonstrators returned to a site they had occupied for
more than two months before police dispersed them.
2014 Dec 25, Hong Kong police
overnight arrested 37 more protesters blocking several roads as
pro-democracy demonstrators returned to the streets for a 2nd night.
2014 Dec 31, Hong Kong
authorities began destroying 15,000 chickens at a poultry market and
suspended imports from mainland China after some birds were found to
be infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu.
(AP, 12/31/14)(SSFC, 1/3/15, p.A2)
2015 Jan 12, In Hong Kong small
firebombs were thrown at the home and business of pro-democracy
media magnate Jimmy Lai.
(SFC, 1/13/15, p.A5)
2015 Feb 1, In Hong Kong some
8-13 thousand pro-democracy demonstrators marched through the
streets in the first major rally since mass protests last year.
2015 Feb 10, A Hong Kong woman
was convicted of assaulting her Indonesian maid, Erwiana
Sulistyaningsih, in a case that sparked outrage for the scale of its
brutality. A judge found Law Wan-tung guilty of 18 charges including
grievous bodily harm.
2015 Feb 14, In Hong Kong Lai
Sai-ming, the captain of a commuter ferry that collided with another
boat on Oct 1, 2012, killing 39 people, was found guilty of
2015 Feb 27, In Hong Kong Law
Wan-tung (44) was jailed for six years for beating and starving her
Indonesian maid, Sulistyaningsih, and keeping her prisoner, as the
judge called for action over laws which leave domestic workers
exposed to abuse.
2015 Mar 1, Hong Kong police
arrested 33 people after scuffles broke out at a protest in a border
town, in the latest example of heightened tensions over the growing
influx of mainland Chinese shoppers in the city.
2015 Apr 13, Chinese
authorities curbed some travel from mainland China to Hong Kong to
cool tensions over a growing influx of shoppers that has angered
residents of the Asian financial hub.
2015 May 22, In Hong Kong
Malaysian anesthesiologist Khaw Kim-sun allegedly put a gas-filled
yoga ball in the trunk of a Mini Cooper driven by his wife. Wong
Siew-fung and their 16-year-old daughter were found unconscious in
the car about an hour after leaving home and were later declared
dead from carbon monoxide poisoning. Khaw Kim-sun was allegedly
having an affair and had become estranged from his wife and four
2015 Jun 14, In Hong Kong
thousands of people, many holding yellow umbrellas, marched to urge
lawmakers to vote down Beijing-backed election reforms that sparked
huge street protests last year.
2015 Jun 15, Hong Kong police
arrested ten people over the last 24 hours and seized materials for
making explosives at a suburban former TV studio.
(AP, 6/15/15)(SFC, 6/16/15, p.A2)
2015 Jun 18, Hong Kong's
legislature vetoed a China-backed electoral reform package
criticized by opposition pro-democracy lawmakers and activists as
undemocratic, easing for now the prospect of fresh mass protests in
the financial hub.
(Reuters, 6/18/15)(Econ, 6/27/15, p.37)
2015 Jul 1, Tens of thousands
of Hong Kong protesters marched for full democracy and called on the
Chinese-controlled city's leader to resign.
2015 Jul 14, Hong Kong students
Joshua Wong and Nathan Law were charged with obstructing police
during a protest earlier in the year and released on bail. They rose
to fame during pro-democracy demonstrations that angered Beijing
2015 Aug 6, The world's first
ever ant map showing the distribution of the tiny industrious
creatures around the globe was launched by the University of Hong
Kong in a bid to shed more light on the insect world.
2015 Aug 8, Hong Kong recorded
its hottest day since authorities began taking temperature readings
130 years ago, due to the influence of a nearby typhoon. The daily
maximum temperature hit 36.3 degrees Celsius.
2015 Aug 11, Hong Kong police
searched Uber's office after officers posing as customers arrested
five drivers offering their services through a mobile app.
2015 Oct 9, In Hong Kong more
than a thousand students and staff staged a rally at the University
of Hong Kong (HKU), the second demonstration in a week to protest
against what they say is interference by Beijing in academic
2015 Oct 15, Hong Kong police
charged seven officers with assaulting activist Ken Tsang, whose
videotaped beating stirred outrage among city residents at the
height of pro-democracy protests last year.
2015 Oct, Hong Kong Gui Minhai,
he owner of the Mighty Current publishing house, reportedly
surrendered to mainland authorities. Friends suspected he was
abducted for political reasons by Chinese agents from his apartment
in Pattaya, Thailand, and smuggled into China. Minhai later said in
detention that he had surrendered 10 years after he fled China after
killing a woman while driving drunk. Three other members of the the
shop had disappeared while visiting the Chinese mainland.
(AP, 1/17/16)(Econ, 1/9/16, p.35)
2015 Nov 13, An Indonesian
court late sentenced Hong Kong drug lord Wong Chi-ping to death for
smuggling 860 kg (1,900 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine into
Indonesia earlier this year.
2015 Nov 22, Hong Kong voted in
district-level elections that will mark the first real test of
public sentiment since pro-democracy protests crippled parts of the
Chinese-controlled city last year.
2015 Dec 11, Chinese e-commerce
giant Alibaba said it's buying Hong Kong's leading English-language
newspaper, the South China Morning Post, as part of a plan to create
a global platform for news about China.
2015 Dec 17, In Hong Kong the
film “Ten Years" was released. Its five vignettes portrayed how
China has explicitly or overtly taken control of Hong Kong, where
autonomy had been guaranteed for 50 years in 1997.
(Econ, 3/5/15, p.42)
2015 Dec 30, In Hong Kong Lee
Bo (65), chief editor of a publisher which produces books critical
of the Chinese government, went missing. He was a colleague of the
four others who had also disappeared last autumn. Bo returned to
Hong Kong on March 24, 2016, but did not provide thorough
information about his undocumented departure.
(AFP, 1/1/16)(AP, 3/24/16)
2015 Scientists counted 65
Chinese White dolphins (sousa chinensis) around Lantau Island in
Hong Kong. This was a drop from 188 surveyed in 2003.
(Econ 5/27/17, p.40)
2015 Hong Kong’s population was
about 7.3 million.
(Econ, 6/27/15, p.37)
2016 Jan 1, In Hong Kong more
than 1,500 people protested on New Year's day calling for the city's
leader to resign and airing grievances over issues from expensive
construction projects to internet freedoms. Protester’s focused on
the 40-km structure linking Hong Kong with Macau and the mainland
city of Zhuhai.
(AFP, 1/1/16)(Econ, 2/13/16, p.37)
2016 Feb 8, Hong Kong riot
police fired warning shots during clashes that erupted in the
Chinese-ruled city when authorities tried to remove illegal street
stalls set up for Lunar New Year celebrations. 124 people were
injured, including 90 police officers, in the worst violence since
pro-democracy protests in 2014.
(Reuters, 2/9/16)(Econ, 2/13/16, p.10)
2016 Feb 24, Hong Kong rolled
out a multi-billion dollar package of sweeteners to bolster its
2016 Feb 28, Hong Kong
residents voted in a legislative council by-election to fill a
single legislative seat vacated by a former pro-democracy
2016 Feb 29, Missing Hong Kong
bookseller Lee Bo appeared on television insisting he had not been
abducted by mainland authorities, in a case that has sparked a
backlash over Chinese interference in the city. The other four
booksellers, who are under criminal investigation on the mainland,
appeared on Phoenix a day earlier admitting to smuggling illicit
books into China. Phoenix is a private channel which broadcasts both
in Hong Kong and in mainland China.
2016 Mar 22, In China Hilary St
John Bower (60), who had worked as an English language instructor at
the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, was killed. He had been
dead for more than a week by the time he was reported missing on
2016 May 30, Hong Kong activist
Ken Tsang was sentenced to five weeks in prison on charges related
to a confrontation with police in October 2014. A TV station had
videotaped police officers carrying Tsang away in handcuffs and then
punching and kicking him in a dark corner of a public park.
2016 Jun 4, In Hong Kong tens
of thousands of people poured into Victoria Park to remember the
victims of the Chinese military's bloody June 4, 1989, crackdown on
student-led pro-democracy protests in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. In
Beijing, authorities tightened security around Tiananmen Square,
highlighting the enduring sensitivity over the events among the
Communist Party leadership.
2016 Jun 7, Hong Kong culled
4,500 birds after the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus was discovered in a
chicken at a local market.
2016 Jun 11, In Hong Kong and
South Korea operators of the ACT college entrance exam canceled the
tests for some 5,500 students at the last moment over what they said
was a verified breach of test materials.
2016 Jun 17, In Hong Kong more
than 100 activists marched on China's liaison office to protest
against the detention of five booksellers. A day earlier Lam
Wing-kee told reporters he had been arrested and detained in China
for more than eight months, and that one of his colleagues, Lee Bo,
a British national, was abducted from Hong Kong by mainland Chinese
(Reuters, 6/17/16)(Econ, 6/25/16, p.38)
2016 Jun 18, In Hong Kong over
4,000 people marched to protest against China's detention of five
booksellers whose shop published gossipy books about Chinese
leaders, including President Xi Jinping.
2016 Jun 22, Hong Kong flag
carrier Cathay Pacific said it will ban carrying shark fin on all
its flights, a victory for conservationists concerned for endangered
species of the predator.
2016 Jun 27, Hong Kong called
for an end to local ivory trading within five years, a move
activists hailed as significant given the financial hub's reputation
as a wildlife trafficking blackspot, while calling for this ban to
be speeded up.
2016 Jul 1, Tens of thousands
of Hong Kongers took to the southern Chinese city's streets for an
annual pro-democracy protest march, as tensions persisted over the
high-profile case of a bookseller secretly detained in the mainland.
2016 Jul 14, Hong Kong’s
government ruled that candidates for territory legislature elections
in September must sign a declaration acknowledging that Hong Kong is
an “Inalienable part" of China.
(Econ, 7/23/16, p.35)
2016 Jul 21, Hong Kong
convicted three student leaders of leading or encouraging the
massive pro-democracy street protests that unsettled the southern
Chinese city on September 26, 2014.
(AP, 7/21/16)(Econ, 7/23/16, p.34)
2016 Jul 27, In China a court
in Shenzhen sentenced four people, including Hong Kong magazine
publisher Wang Jianmin and editor Guo Zhongxiao, to prison on
charges of running an illegal business after they reportedly sent
copies of their sensitive political magazines to mainland China.
(SFC, 7/28/16, p.A3)
2016 Aug 3, The digital bitcoin
currency plunged after Hong Kong-based Bitfinex said it had been
hacked. 119,756 Bitcoins, valued at $72 million, were reported
(SFC, 8/4/16, p.C3)
2016 Aug 5, In Hong Kong over
2,000 people gathered in support of candidates disqualified by the
(Econ, 8/27/16, p.32)
2016 Aug 16, China's Cabinet
announced that preparations to connect the Hong Kong and Shenzhen
stock exchanges are "basically completed." Charles Li, CEO of Hong
Kong Exchanges and Clearing, the city's stock market operator said
the link would likely launched by Christmas.
2016 Aug 23, The police chief
of the Philippines told a Senate hearing that China, Taiwan and Hong
Kong were major sources of illegal drugs, and Chinese triads were
involved in trafficking.
2016 Sep 4, Voters turned out
in force for Hong Kong's most crucial election since the handover
from Britain in 1997. Pro-democracy candidates won 30 of 70 seats in
the Legislative Council, gaining a foothold in the southern Chinese
city's legislature and setting the stage for a new round of
political confrontations with Beijing. Six of the winning Legco
candidates wanted Hong Kong to be more independent from China.
Pro-democracy and environmentalist candidate Eddie Chu won more
votes than any other candidate. Chu soon faced death threats
stemming from his campaign promises.
(AP, 9/4/16)(AP, 9/5/16)(SFC, 9/21/16,
p.A5)(Econ, 9/10/16, p.35)
2016 Sep 5, China's government
said it opposed efforts by certain candidates and organizations in
Hong Kong elections to promote independence.
2016 Sep 7, Hong Kong
politician Ken Chow of the pro-business Liberal Party said he was
pressured to bow out of a city election to clear the field for a
candidate favored by the Chinese government, which, if confirmed,
could offer rare evidence of interference by Beijing in city
2013 Sep 14, In China reporters
from two Hong Kong newspapers, the South China Morning Post and the
Chinese-language Ming Pao, were assaulted while conducting
interviews with Wukan villagers and later detained for several
hours. Wukan remained under siege two days after police arrested 13
protesters on allegations that they incited violence and arrest.
2016 Sep 29, In Hong Kong Cheng
Yu-tung (91), the billionaire founder of property group New World
Development Co Ltd, died late today. Cheng had amassed a fortune of
over $16 billion building an empire that spans jewelry, real estate,
hotels, infrastructure and telecommunications.
2016 Oct 5, Thailand stopped
Hong Kong teen pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong from entering the
country to give a talk and sent him home, raising questions about
whether it acted at China's behest.
2016 Oct 12, Hong Kong held a
swearing-in ceremony for recently chosen legislators. Three were
declared unqualified to take their posts as they snubbed China
during the chaotic ceremony.
(Econ, 10/15/16, p.41)
2016 Oct 26, In Hong Kong newly
elected pro-democracy lawmakers Yau Wai-ching (25) and Sixtus Leung
(30) defied an order barring them from taking their oaths after
being disqualified earlier for insulting China, sparking more unruly
scenes in Hong Kong's legislature. The session was adjourned until
2016 Nov 5, Leading members of
China's parliament said two Hong Kong lawmakers-elect who called for
the city's independence from China had damaged the territory's rule
of law and posed a grave threat to China's sovereignty and security.
2016 Nov 6, Hong Kong police
fired pepper spray and protesters threw bottles and road cones in
clashes near China's representative office where activists had
gathered to demonstrate against Beijing's attempts to stop a
fledgling independence movement.
2016 Nov 7, A Cambodian court
sentenced opposition Senator Hong Song Hour to seven years in prison
for criticizing a 36-year-old border agreement with Vietnam.
(SFC, 11/8/16, p.A2)
2016 Nov 8, In Hong Kong more
than 1,000 lawyers dressed in black marched through the heart of the
city in silence to condemn a move by China that effectively bars two
elected pro-independence lawmakers from taking their seats in the
2016 Nov 16, Hong Kong’s high
court ruled that newly elected pro-democracy lawmakers Yau Wai-ching
(25) and Sixtus Leung (30) were unfit to take up their posts in
(Econ, 11/19/16, p.36)
2016 Dec 9, Hong Kong’s
Beijing-backed leader Leung Chun-ying said he would step aside after
his five-year term ends next June.
2016 Dec 12, Hong Kong’s
Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) said 29 current and
former staff of five financial firms, including four banks, have
been arrested for alleged bribery related to the disclosure of
confidential customer information.
2017 Jan 1, In Hong Kong nearly
5,000 people marched in a New Year's Day protest against an attempt
by the semi-autonomous Chinese city's government to disqualify four
2017 Jan 10, In Hong Kong Clare
Hollingworth (b.1911), a British war correspondent, died. She was
the first to report the Nazi invasion of Poland that marked the
beginning of World War II.
(AP, 1/10/17)(Econ, 1/21/17, p.78)
2017 Jan 24, Hong Kong said it
would release the nine Singaporean armored vehicles it seized in
November on their way home from military exercises in Taiwan, easing
tensions between China and Singapore.
2017 Jan 27, Xiao Jianhua
vanished after crossing the Hong Kong border to China. In 2016 The
Hurun Report, a China rich list founded in 1999 by Rupert Hoogewerf
in Britain, named Xiao Jianhua as China’s 32nd wealthiest man with a
fortune of $6 billion.
(Econ, 2/4/17, p.38)(Econ, 2/18/17, p.38)
2017 Jan, China’s city of
Shenzhen and Hong Kong agreed to develop the Lok Ma Chau Loop as an
innovation and technology park.
(Econ, 4/8/17, SR p.12)
2017 Feb 10, Hong Kong police
arrested a man, surnamed Cheung (60), for arson after a fire
engulfed a subway train, injuring 17 people and triggering the
evacuation of the Tsim Sha Tsui station during rush hour.
2017 Feb 14, Seven Hong Kong
police officers were convicted of a lesser charge in the assault of
pro-democracy activist Ken Tsang, whose videotaped beating during
the height of 2014 pro-democracy protests sparked outrage.
2017 Feb 17, Donald Tsang (72),
a former leader of Hong Kong (2005-2012), was convicted of
corruption over a luxury apartment in mainland China intended for
2017 Mar 21, Brazil’s
agriculture ministry said Hong Kong has banned all meat imports from
Brazil, another blow from a police investigation into corruption
among health inspectors and the alleged selling of rotten products
by some meatpackers.
2017 Mar 25, Hong Kong
pro-democracy activists and hundreds of supporters marched ahead of
a vote for the city's next leader which they reject as a sham.
2017 Mar 26, Carrie Lam, a
Beijing-backed civil servant, was chosen to be Hong Kong's next
leader, replacing Leung Chun-ying. She was chosen from among several
candidates by a 1,200-person "election committee" stacked with
pro-Beijing and pro-establishment loyalists.
(Reuters, 3/26/17)(Econ, 3/4/17, p.32)
2017 Mar 27, Hong Kong police
launched a fresh round of arrests of student leaders and other
prominent figures involved with the huge 2014 "Umbrella Movement"
2017 Mar 27, Lufthansa
announced a code-sharing deal with Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific
under which the German airline and its Swiss and Austrian Airlines
units will offer new connections to Australia and New Zealand.
2017 Apr 4, In Hong Kong a
giant diamond named the "Pink Star" broke the world record for a
gemstone sold at auction when it fetched $71.2 million.
2017 Apr 27, Hong Kong
authorities expanded their crackdown on the Chinese-controlled
territory's opposition with a fresh round of arrests of
pro-democracy activists. Police detained up to nine activists for
their apparent involvement in an anti-China protest last year.
2017 May 23, Hong Kong's
anti-graft agency arrested 21 government contractors on suspicion of
falsifying test results for the strength of concrete used in a
bridge across the Pearl River estuary to southern mainland China.
2017 Jun 2, Hong Kong
pro-democracy leaders unveiled a bottle of Chinese baijiu marking
the date June 4, 1989, when communist leaders sent tanks and troops
to retake Beijing's Tiananmen Square from student-led protesters.
The bottle of forbidden liquor was produced last year by Chinese
activists to mark the military crackdown and arrived in Hong Kong
after a trip around the world. Four Chinese dissidents were arrested
last year for bottling the baijiu in a bid to raise awareness about
2017 Jun 28, Hong Kong police
arrested pro-democracy protesters, some of whom scrambled up a
monument symbolizing the city's handover from British to Chinese
rule, a day before Chinese President Xi Jinping is due to arrive for
the celebrations. Student pro-democracy campaigner Joshua Wong was
among around 30 protesters who had staged a three-hour sit-in at a
harbor front statue and were led away into police vans.
(Reuters, 6/28/17)(AFP, 6/28/17)
2017 Jun 29, Chinese President
Xi Jinping arrived in Hong Kong and said China would work to ensure
a "far-reaching future" for Hong Kong's autonomy, but he faces a
divided city with protesters angered by Beijing's perceived
interference as it marks 20 years of Chinese rule.
2017 Jun 30, Chinese President
Xi Jinping, visiting Hong Kong for the 20th anniversary of its
return to Chinese rule, said the city's "one country, two systems"
formula faces "new challenges" as pro-democracy campaigners ramped
2017 Jun 30, China’s Foreign
Minsitry said the joint declaration with Britain over Hong Kong,
which laid the blueprint over how the city would be ruled after its
return to China in 1997, was a historical document that no longer
had any practical significance. Britain said the declaration
remained in force and was a legally valid treaty to which it was
committed to upholding.
2017 Jul 1, Chinese President
Xi Jinping swore in Hong Kong's new leader with a stark warning that
Beijing won't tolerate any challenge to its authority in the divided
city as it marked the 20th anniversary of its return from Britain to
China. In the afternoon, tens of thousands gathered in sweltering
heat in a sprawling park named after Britain's Queen Victoria,
demanding Xi allow universal suffrage.
2017 Jul 4, Hong Kong customs
officials seized more than $9 million worth of ivory in a shipment
from Malaysia that had been labeled as frozen fish. Three people at
a trading company in Hong Kong were arrested in connection with the
2017 Jul 9, The owners of Hong
Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) announced its sale
to COSCO, a state-owned Chinese shipping giant, for $6.3 billion.
(Econ 7/15/17, p.58)
2017 Jul 14, Hong Kong
activists accused Beijing of crippling the parliament after four
pro-democracy lawmakers were disqualified.
2017 Jul 25, Hong Kong
announced a controversial plan to allow mainland officials to
enforce Chinese laws inside a Hong Kong train station set to open
next year. Critics said the immigration set-up will encroach on the
city's autonomy and endanger existing freedoms.
2017 Aug 3, In China two
vessels collided in the Pearl River estuary. Some 1,000 tons of palm
oil spilled into the water after the vessels collided, out of a
total of 9,000 tons and soon began to settle on the beaches of Hong
2017 Aug 9, Cambodia said it is
recruiting hundreds of maids to work in Hong Kong. The minimum
monthly wage for maids in Hong Kong was $550.
2017 Aug 11, Hong Kong
pro-democracy activist Howard Lam said he was briefly abducted and
tortured by suspected mainland Chinese security agents who stapled
his legs as a warning against sending a signed photo of soccer star
Lionel Messi to the widow of dissident Liu Xiaobo. Before Liu's
death of cancer on July 13, Lam had written to FC Barcelona to ask
for a signed photo of the Argentine player that he could forward to
Liu because he thought it would cheer him up. On August 15 Hong Kong
police arrested Lam on suspicion of providing false information.
(AP, 8/11/17)(AP, 8/15/17)
2017 Aug 17, Joshua Wong and
two other young leaders of Hong Kong's huge Umbrella Movement
rallies were jailed for their role in the 2014 pro-democracy
protests, dealing a fresh blow to the campaign for political reform.
2017 Aug 20, In Hong Kong
Thousands of supporters of three jailed young democracy activists
took to the streets in Hong Kong Sunday to protest their sentences.
2017 Aug 23, Typhoon Hato left
five dead in the gambling hub of Macau as it brought chaos and
destruction to the enclave after sweeping through neighboring Hong
Kong, where one man also died. Thousands of cockroaches appeared to
flee the typhoon by marching along a seawall.
2017 Aug 29, Hong Kong-based
David Tang (63), the flamboyant and outspoken socialite and
entrepreneur who founded the Shanghai Tang fashion brand, died in
London after a long battle with cancer.
2017 Sep 25, A Hong Kong
appeals court ruled that a British lesbian whose partner works in
the city should be granted a spousal visa, a landmark decision that
could lead to expatriate same-sex partners moving to the
Chinese-ruled financial hub.
2017 Sep 28, In Hong Kong
hundreds of protesters demanded full democracy outside government
headquarters, speaking out against China's suppression of civil
liberties on the third anniversary of a major pro-democracy
2017 Oct 1, In Hong Kong
thousands of pro-democracy supporters took to the streets of to
protest against what they say is the Beijing-backed government's use
of the courts to pursue its opponents, on the same day as a national
holiday marking the founding of the People's Republic of China.
2017 Oct 11, Hong Kong barred
British human rights activist Benedict Rogers, who is deputy
chairman of the Conservative Party's human rights commission, from
visiting the semi-autonomous Chinese city. Rogers has criticized the
jailing of democracy campaigners in Hong Kong.
2017 Oct 24, Hong Kong's
highest court freed pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong and Nathan
Law on bail pending an appeal of their prison sentences after they
were convicted of sparking massive protests in 2014.
2017 Nov 9, Defiant Hong Kong
football fans booed the Chinese national anthem at a home match
against Bahrain, ahead of the implementation of a law making it
illegal to disrespect the song.
2017 Nov 14, Hundreds of Hong
Kong soccer fans booed and jeered the Chinese national anthem at an
Asia Cup qualifier match in defiance of Communist Party rulers in
2017 Nov 20, The United States
charged former top Hong Kong government official Chi Ping Patrick Ho
(68) with links to a Chinese energy conglomerate and former
Senegalese foreign minister Cheikh Gadio (61) with bribing
high-level officials in Chad and Uganda in exchange for contracts
for the mainland company.
2017 Nov 27, Four Hong Kong
pro-democracy lawmakers, who were ousted from the legislature this
year, condemned as "political persecution" a demand that they pay
back hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses.
2017 Nov 30, Top Hong Kong
hurdler Lui Lai-yiu accused her former coach of sexually assaulting
her when she was a schoolgirl, prompting the city's leader Carrie
Lam to ask police to look into the matter.
2017 Dec 21, Hong Kong woman
Law Wan-tung, jailed for six years for starving and beating Erwiana
Sulistyaningsih, her Indonesian domestic helper, was ordered by a
court to pay more than $100,000 in damages for the "inhumane" abuse.
2017 Dec 27, China's parliament
said part of a high-speed railway station being built in Hong Kong
would be regarded as mainland territory governed by mainland laws,
an unprecedented move that critics say further erodes the city's
2017 Dec 29, An association
representing Hong Kong barristers said it was "appalled" by the
Chinese parliament's move to enforce mainland laws inside a Hong
Kong railway station, denouncing it as the most retrograde step
since the 1997 handover.
2017 Dec 29, South Korea said
that it was holding a Hong Kong-flagged ship and its crew members
for allegedly violating UN sanctions by transferring oil to a North
Korean vessel on October 19.
2018 Jan 1, In Hong Kong
thousands marched through the streets on New Year's Day to warn
China not to meddle further in the city's affairs and undermine its
2018 Jan 14, Hong Kong police
arrested a South Korean man on suspicion of murder after his wife
and seven-year-old son were found dead in a room at the five star
2018 Jan 17, A Hong Kong court
sentenced democracy activist Joshua Wong (21) to three months in
prison for contempt, his second prison term stemming from his role
in the 2014 "Umbrella Movement" protests.
2018 Jan 20, One fisherman was
killed and nine others were rescued after their boat was involved in
a collision with Vestas 11th Hour Racing some 30 nautical miles off
Hong Kong as the yacht was sailing toward the finish line of Leg 4
of the Volvo Ocean Race.
2018 Jan 27, The Hong Kong
government barred Agnes Chow (21), a pro-democracy activist, from an
upcoming election over her party's political platform that it said
violates electoral laws, in the latest move by the semiautonomous
Chinese city to squelch dissent.
2018 Jan 31, Hong Kong
lawmakers gave final approval to a government proposal banning local
ivory trading in the Chinese territory by 2021, with conservation
groups hailing it as a major victory in the fight to save elephants.
2018 Feb 1, A bipartisan group
of US congressmen announced they had nominated Hong Kong
pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, Nathan Law, Alex Chow and the
entire Umbrella Movement for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.
2018 Feb 6, Hong Kong’s highest
court overturned prison sentences for three young pro-democracy
activists (Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow) convicted for
their roles in kicking off the 2014 “Umbrella Movement" protests.
(SFC, 2/7/18, p.A2)
2018 Feb 6, China confirmed
that it had detained Swedish citizen and Hong Kong-based bookseller
Gui Minhai, after his daughter said Chinese police had seized him
from a train last month.
2018 Feb 10, In Hong Kong a
double-decker bus crashed in a suburb, killing 18 people and
injuring dozens more.
2018 Mar 11, Hong Kong
residents voted in by-elections that gave opposition supporters the
chance to recapture lost ground in a contest measuring voters'
appetite for democracy in the semiautonomous Chinese city.
2018 Mar, US officials
announced settlements with four Chinese construction firms to pay
$14 million in back wages and damages to 2,400 affected workers in
Saipan. The companies, contracted by Hong Kong's Imperial Pacific
International, brought workers on tourist visas, paid them less than
required by law and failed to secure proper work authorization by
exploiting a visa waiver program that allows Chinese citizens to
travel to the Northern Mariana Islands.
2018 Apr 16, Hong Kong
authorities said that a South Korean businessman accused of
murdering his wife and son in a five-star hotel killed himself while
in pre-trial custody. Media identified the man as Kim Min-ho (43),
the chief executive officer of the South Korean franchise of the
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Police had arrested Kim in January
for allegedly killing his wife and son at Hong Kong's Ritz-Carlton
2018 Apr 25, China's civil
aviation administration sent letters requesting airlines remove
references on their websites or in other material that suggests
Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are part of countries independent from
China. Airlines were given 30 days to comply.
2018 May 18, A Hong Kong court
found prominent independence activist Edward Leung (26) guilty of
rioting, a verdict that could see him put behind bars for up to 12
years. Another defendant, Lo Kin-man, was also found guilty of
rioting and cried uncontrollably. Three other defendants also cried
after they were cleared of all charges.
2018 May 30, Environmental
campaigners said a hidden shipment of shark fins including some from
endangered species had been shipped to Hong Kong via Singapore
Airlines, despite a ban by the carrier.
2018 Jun 1, A Hong Kong court
ruled that the husband of a male civil servant was not entitled to
spousal benefits, overturning a landmark lower court ruling in a
setback for the city's LGBT community. In April last year, the High
Court ruled that the couple were entitled to spousal benefits, but
rejected their bid for a joint tax assessment as a married couple.
2018 Jun 12, In Hong Kong
shares in ZTE Corp. fell 42 percent on their first trading day after
the Chinese telecoms equipment maker agreed to pay a $1 billion
penalty to the US government and replace its top managers.
2018 Jun 26, In Hong Kong four
elderly siblings were shot, one fatally, by a relative in a rare
instance of gun violence that was apparently sparked by a family
dispute. A woman (44) was apprehended in a shopping mall near the
site of the attack. Firearms are tightly controlled in Hong Kong and
such shootings are highly unusual.
2018 Jul 1, Hong Kong's annual
pro-democracy protest saw one of the lowest turnouts in history, as
thousands braved sweltering heat to protest against Beijing's
tightening grip over the city on the 21st anniversary of its return
to Chinese rule. Police stopped about 20 pro-democracy protesters
from getting near a flag-raising ceremony marking the anniversary of
the city's handover from Britain to China.
(Reuters, 7/1/18)(AP, 7/1/18)
2018 Jul 4, Hong Kong's Court
of Final Appeal ruled that the same-sex partner of a British
expatriate is entitled to equal treatment under immigration law,
marking a significant step for gay rights in the Chinese territory.
2018 Jul 13, Activists in Hong
Kong and Taiwan marked one year since the death in custody of Nobel
dissident Liu Xiaobo on Friday, in stark contrast to an enforced
silence in mainland China.
2018 Aug 6, In Hong Kong the
Foreign Correspondents Club said it will defy the Chinese government
and follow through with a planned speech by pro-independence
activist Andy Chan of the Hong Kong National Party.
2018 Aug 14, A Hong Kong
pro-independence activist decried Beijing's rule over the city as
modern-day colonialism in a speech to a foreign journalists'
association that defied the Chinese government's demand that the
event be canceled.
2018 Aug 28, In Hong Kong
university Prof. Cheung Kie-chung (53) was arrested after his wife's
decomposing body was found inside a suitcase in his campus office.
Cheung had reported that his 52-year-old wife walked out after an
argument on August 17.
2018 Sep 22, Hong Kong opened a
new high-speed rail link to inland China that will vastly decrease
travel times but also raises concerns about Beijing's creeping
influence over the semi-autonomous Chinese region.
2018 Sep 23, In Hong Kong
Charles K. Kao (84), who shared a 2009 Nobel Prize in physics for
pioneering work in optical fiber technology, died. Kao was a
researcher at ITT Corp. when in 1966 he and a colleague published a
paper that showed pure glass fibers could be used for communication.
2018 Sep 24, Authorities in
Hong Kong took an unprecedented step to quash separatist voices by
banning the Hong Kong National Party, led by Andy Chan (27).
2018 Sep, Two sisters (18 and
20) from Saudi Arabia fled the conservative kingdom and arrived in
Hong Kong from Sri Lanka. They did so to escape beatings at the
hands of their brothers and father.
2018 Oct 5, It was reported
that Hong Kong authorities have rejected an application to renew the
work visa of Victor Mallet, Asia news editor at the Financial Times.
Mallett is also an official of the city's Foreign Correspondents'
2018 Oct 12, Hong Kong
authorities barred former lawmaker Lau Siu-lai from contesting an
election next month given her past advocacy of greater autonomy for
Hong Kong. A small group of pro-democracy lawmakers and activists
protested outside government headquarters, holding up banners
decrying the decision as "political suppression".
2018 Oct 23, China opened the
world's longest sea-crossing bridge linking Hong Kong to the
mainland, a feat of engineering carrying immense economic and
political significance. The 55-km (34-mile)-long bridge linked China
to the semi-autonomous regions of Hong Kong and Macau.
2018 Oct 30, Hong Kong
journalist Louis Cha (94), a best-selling Chinese martial arts
novelist, died after a long illness. Cha's novels about ancient
Chinese swordsmen have sold millions and are among the most widely
read in the Chinese-speaking world.
2018 Nov 2, Hong Kong
organizers of an exhibition by dissident Chinese-Australian
cartoonist Badiucao canceled the exhibition in the Chinese-ruled
city given what they said were threats by China. The exhibition by
Badiucao was to have been his first international solo event.
2018 Nov 3, In Hong Kong
Raymond Chow (91), film producer, died. He is credited with bringing
kung fu legend Bruce Lee to the silver screen and widely regarded as
the "godfather" of Hong Kong cinema. He produced more than 170 films
over his career.
2018 Nov 8, The Asia editor of
the Financial Times, Victor Mallet, was refused entry to Hong Kong,
weeks after he was denied a new work visa in what critics call an
ominous sign of Beijing encroaching on the semi-autonomous Chinese
territory's civil liberties.
2018 Nov 10, In Hong Kong
dissident Chinese author Ma Jian (65) hit out at threats to freedom
of speech saying it was the "basis of civilization" after a struggle
to find a venue to host his talks at Hong Kong's literary festival.
2018 Nov 19, Hong Kong protest
leaders went on trial for spearheading pro-democracy demonstrations
in 2014. Benny Tai along with another professor and a pastor, were
leaders of the "Occupy Central" campaign to press for free elections
of Hong Kong's top leader.
2018 Nov 21, Researchers said
they have found a second patient in Hong Kong who contracted a
strain of hepatitis carried by rats, in what appears to be the first
known human cases in the world.
2018 Dec 10, In Hong Kong a
runaway school bus with no one aboard accelerated downhill and
plowed into pedestrians, killing two people and injuring a dozen
2018 Germany granted asylum to
Hong Kong activists Ray Wong Toi Yeung fellow pro-democracy
protester Alan Li Tung Sing. This was only made public in 2019 in a
sign of growing concern over how dissent is dealt with in the
2019 Jan 1, In Hong Kong
thousands of demonstrators marched to demand full democracy,
fundamental rights, and even independence from China in the face of
what many see as a marked clampdown by the Communist Party on local
2019 Jan 8, Off Hong Kong one
man was killed and two others declared missing after a
Vietnamese-listed oil tanker caught fire while it was being
2019 Jan 16, Hong Kong customs
officers and mainland officials seized 8,300 kilos of pangolin
scales and 2,100 kilos of ivory tusks hidden inside a container --
declared to be carrying frozen beef -- at a customs facility. A man
and a woman from a trading company in the city were soon arrested.
2019 Feb 1, Hong Kong's High
Court refused to allow three transgender men to be recognized as
males on their official identity cards because they have not
undergone full sex-change operations.
2019 Mar 7, More than 200
protesters gathered at a Hong Kong university to condemn the
expulsion of a student defending free speech, in what was seen as
another incremental sign of eroding freedoms in the Chinese-ruled
2019 Mar 25, The Hong
Kong-based lawyer for two Saudi sisters who fled the kingdom said
the young women have secured emergency visas and departed to a new
country of residence.
2019 Mar 31, Thousands of
protesters hit the streets of Hong Kong to demonstrate against a new
extradition proposal. Hong Kong's government has recently announced
plans to overhaul its extradition rules, allowing the transfer of
fugitives with Taiwan, Macau and mainland China on a "case-basis"
for the first time.
(Reuters, 3/31/19)(AFP, 4/1/19)
2019 Apr 2, Panama's President
Juan Carlos Varela visited Hong Kong amid ambitious plans and
proposals for Chinese-built bridges and rail lines in pan in Panama.
2019 Apr 9, A Hong Kong court
found nine leaders of the 2014 nonviolent "Occupy Central" campaign
guilty on public nuisance and other charges.
2019 Apr 24, A court in Hong
Kong handed down prison sentences of up to 16 months to eight
leaders of massive 2014 pro-democracy protests on public nuisance
2019 Apr 24, Michael Wolf (64),
an award-winning photographer known for his work depicting
megacities, died at his home in Hong Kong.
2019 Apr 28, In Hong Kong tens
of thousands of people marched on parliament to demand the scrapping
of proposed extradition rules that would allow people to be sent to
mainland China for trial - a move which some fear puts the city's
core freedoms at risk.
2019 May 10, It was reported
that case of African swine fever has been detected in a Hong Kong
slaughterhouse, prompting the culling of all 6,000 pigs at the
facility. The incurable virus was found in a single pig imported
from a farm in Guangdong province in mainland China.
2019 May 11, Hong Kong's
legislative assembly descended into chaos as lawmakers for and
against controversial amendments to the territory's extradition law
clashed over access to the chamber.
2019 May 14, Hong Kong
legislators clashed over a proposed extradition law that would allow
people to be sent to China for trial, after ugly brawls in the
legislature over the weekend.
2019 May 16, Prominent Hong
Kong student leader Joshua Wong (22) was sent back to prison after
he lost an attempt to quash a jail sentence over his leadership of
huge democracy protests five years ago.
2019 May 22, It was reported
that shady middle-men are openly advertising on Chinese social media
to smuggle blood samples of pregnant women to Hong Kong to skirt the
mainland's ban on gender testing.
2019 May 26, In Hong Kong more
than 2,000 people marched to mark 30 years since a pro-democracy
protest in Beijing's Tiananmen Square ended in bloodshed.
(SFC, 5/27/19, p.A2)
2019 May 31, Hong Kong
confirmed its second case of African swine fever, in a further sign
that the virus is continuing to spread beyond mainland China, with
the government ordering a cull of 4,700 animals.
2019 Jun 4, Pro-democracy
activists in Hong Kong gathered to mark 30 years since China's
bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen
2019 Jun 6, Hong Kong's Court
of Final Appeal said the government cannot deny spousal employment
benefits to same-sex couples, in a ruling hailed as a major step
forward for same-sex equality in the semi-autonomous Chinese
2019 Jun 7, People in China,
Hong Kong and Taiwan competed in annual dragon boat races, a
tradition with roots dating back more than 2,000 years.
2019 Jun 8, Hong Kong police
announced they have arrested four men in connection with two
apparent gasoline bomb attacks on law enforcement a day earlier.
2019 Jun 9, Hong Kong witnessed
the largest protest since its 1997 handover to China as huge crowds
massed against plans to allow extraditions to the mainland, a
proposal that has plunged the city's pro-Beijing leaders into a
2019 Jun 12, Hong Kong students
and civil rights activists vowed to keep protesting a proposed
extradition bill following a day of sit-ins, tear gas and clashes
with police. The bill has become a lightning rod for concerns over
greater Chinese control and erosion of civil liberties in the former
2019 Jun 13, Hong Kong's
legislature suspended meetings as leaders considered their next
steps following violent clashes between police and protesters
opposed to a bill that would allow suspects to be tried in mainland
2019 Jun 13, Telegram, an
encrypted messaging app, said that it was hit by a powerful
cyberattack from China as a major protest unfolded a day earlier in
2019 Jun 15, Hong Kong's
embattled leader Carrie Lam suspended a hugely divisive bill that
would allow extraditions to China, in a major climbdown following
unprecedented unrest, but protesters vowed to press ahead with a
mass June 16 rally.
2019 Jun 16, Hong Kong citizens
marched for hours in a massive protest that drew a late-in-the-day
apology from the city's top leader for her handling of legislation
that has stoked fears of expanding control from Beijing in this
former British colony.
2019 Jun 17, Demonstrators in
Hong Kong gathered outside the office of the city's leader,
demanding that Carrie Lam step down in the crisis over a highly
unpopular extradition bill.
2019 Jun 17, Leading Hong Kong
democracy activist Joshua Wong walked free from prison and vowed to
join historic anti-government protests rocking the finance hub, as
activists kept up pressure on the city's embattled pro-Beijing
2019 Jun 18, Hong Kong leader
Carrie Lam signaled the end of a controversial extradition bill that
she promoted and then postponed after some of the most violent
protests since the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in
2019 Jun 19, A Hong Kong
student group demanded that the city completely scrap a politically
charged extradition bill and agree to investigate police tactics
against protesters before a June 20 deadline or face further street
2019 Jun 20, A deadline imposed
by activist groups for Hong Kong's government to scrap highly
unpopular extradition bills and accept other demands passed without
an official response.
2019 Jun 21, In Hong Kong more
than 1,000 protesters blocked police headquarters into the night,
while others took over major streets as the tumult over the city's
future showed no signs of abating.
2019 Jun 21, Former Philippine
foreign minister Albert del Rosario was denied entry to Hong Kong,
in what critics called retaliation for his attacks on Beijing's
contested claims over the South China Sea.
2019 Jun 22, Protesters in Hong
Kong ended their overnight siege of police headquarters peacefully,
disappointed that their demands for the territory's leader to
formally withdraw a contentious extradition bill and police to
apologize for heavy handed tactics have gone unmet.
2019 Jun 24, More than 100
people blocked a Hong Kong government building in protest against
proposed legislation allowing extraditions to mainland China that
they want scrapped.
2019 Jun 26, Thousands of
people joined Hong Kong's latest protest rally against legislation
they fear would erode the city's freedoms, capping a daylong appeal
to world leaders ahead of a G-20 summit this week that brings
together the heads of China, the United States and other major
2019 Jun 27, In Hong Kong
protesters opposed to legislation they fear would reduce judicial
independence rallied outside the Justice Department, as the
territory's leader remained out of public view for a second week.
2019 Jun 30, In Hong Kong more
than 50,000 people rallied in support of the police as the
semi-autonomous territory braced for another day of protests on the
anniversary of the former British colony's return to China. One
woman (29) fell to her death from a shopping mall leaving a message
that she wished for the protesters' success. Three apparent suicides
were linked to the current protests.
(AP, 6/30/19)(SSFC, 7/7/19, p.A4)
2019 Jul 1, In Hong Kong tens
of thousands of others marched through the city to demand expanded
democracy on the 22nd anniversary of the former British colony's
return to China. Hundreds of protesters broke into the legislative
building this evening and spray-painted slogans on the walls of the
2019 Jul 2, China's government
strongly backed Hong Kong's embattled administration, saying
pro-democracy protesters who occupied and vandalized the city's
legislature committed "serious illegal acts" that endangered the
2019 Jul 7, In Hong Kong tens
of thousands of protesters took their message to a new audience,
mainland Chinese tourists, as coverage of the anti-government
movement have been heavily censored by Beijing authorities.
(SFC, 7/8/19, p.A2)
2019 Jul 9, Hong Kong
demonstrators issued new calls for people to join their rallies
despite Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s acknowledgment that
legislation, which would for the first time allow extraditions to
China, wouldn’t get passed. She stopped short of agreeing to
protesters’ demand to withdraw the bill.
2019 Jul 13, In Hong Kong
several thousand people marched against traders from mainland China.
Police used pepper spray to disperse protesters.
(SSFC, 7/14/19, p.A5)
2019 Jul 14, Tens of thousands
rallied in a large Hong Kong suburb, driven by abiding anger at the
government's handling of an extradition bill that has revived fears
of China tightening its grip over the former British colony and
eroding its freedoms.
2019 Jul 19, Hong Kong police
found 4.4 pounds of TATP, a homemade explosive, and arrested a man
in a raid on a commercial building.
(SSFC, 7/21/19, p.A4)
2019 Jul 20, Tens of thousands
gathered in Hong Kong to voice support for the police and call for
an end to violence, after a wave of protests against an extradition
bill triggered clashes between police and activists and plunged the
city into crisis.
2019 Jul 21, In Hong Kong
hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched through the city.
Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in chaotic scenes late
today as anger over an extradition bill morphs into a fresh front
against what many see as a broader erosion of freedoms by the city's
political masters in Beijing. Suspected triad gangsters in the Yuen
Long district assaulted pro-democracy protesters. 45 people were
left wounded. Police soon arrested six men, ages 24-54, some with
links to triad gangs.
(Reuters, 7/21/19)(SFC, 7/24/19, p.A2)(Econ,
2019 Jul 27, Hong Kong riot
police deployed tear gas and pepper spray to disperse thousands of
protesters in a suburb near the mainland Chinese border, after a day
of pitched battles near the site of mob attacks on demonstrators
earlier this week.
2019 Jul 28, Hong Kong
demonstrators and police clashed for a second straight day as the
city’s China-backed government struggles to quell growing discontent
and amid violent clashes that have marred the historic movement in
2019 Aug 2, In Hong Kong
thousands of civil servants joined in the anti-government protests
for the first time since they started two months ago, defying a
warning from the authorities to remain politically neutral.
2019 Aug 3, Hong Kong police
fired tear gas this evening in confrontations with black-clad
activists in the city's Kowloon area, as the Chinese-controlled
territory was again rocked by anti-government protests.
2019 Aug 4, Hong Kong police
fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of anti-government protesters
after violent clashes a day earlier, and Beijing said it would not
let the situation persist.
2019 Aug 5, Hong Kong police
fired tear gas and rubber bullets in fresh clashes with protesters
after a general strike caused transport chaos. As night fell in the
Asian financial hub thousands of activists blocked roads in several
2019 Aug 8, Simon Cheng (28), a
trade and investment officer at the Hong Kong consulate’s Scottish
Development International section, disappeared on the way back from
a business event in the Chinese city of Shenzhen. On Aug. 22 China’s
state-backed Global Times newspaper said he was detained for
involvement in prostitution.
(The Telegraph, 8/22/19)
2019 Aug 10, Hong Kong police
fired volleys of tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters,
sending tourists fleeing weeping in Kowloon, only for demonstrators
to regroup and gather elsewhere during another tense, hot and
2019 Aug 11, Hong Kong police
fired tear gas at protesters as a tenth straight weekend of
anti-government demonstrations intensified amid an increasingly
aggressive response from the police and Beijing.
2019 Aug 12, All flights were
cancelled at Hong Kong airport after thousands of demonstrators
entered the arrivals hall to protest at police use of force in a
night of violent scenes in the city.
(SFC, 8/13/19, p.A3)
2019 Aug 13, Protests forced
Hong Kong’s airport to suspend check-ins for departing flights --
its second straight day of major service disruptions -- as embattled
local leader Carrie Lam warned that the city risked sliding into an
2019 Aug 14, Flights resumed at
Hong Kong’s international airport as pro-democracy protesters
apologized for demonstrations that shut down the global transport
(The Telegraph, 8/14/19)
2019 Aug 14, President Donald
Trump linked Hong Kong’s unrest to talks with Chinese leader Xi
Jinping, in a move that could reinforce Beijing’s efforts to blame
the US for increasingly violent protests in the Asian financial hub.
2019 Aug 15, The Hong Kong
government unveiled a HK$19.1 billion ($2.4 billion) package to
support a slowing economy as escalating political protests and the
prolonged U.S.-China trade war weigh heavily on the Asian financial
2019 Aug 16, Cathay Pacific
Airways CEO Rupert Hogg resigned in a shock move, amid mounting
Chinese regulatory scrutiny of the Hong Kong carrier over the
involvement of its employees in the city's anti-government protests.
Cathay Pacific, which has already terminated two pilots for engaging
in illegal protests at the behest of the Chinese aviation regulator,
named Augustus Tang as its new CEO.
2019 Aug 17, Thousands of Hong
Kongers including many teachers took part in more anti-government
rallies, braving thunderstorms to march past shops shuttered due to
growing concern that police could adopt tougher tactics to drive
activists from the streets.
2019 Aug 18, In Hong Kong
hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters joined a mass
rally, filling major thoroughfares in heavy rain in the eleventh
week of what have been often violent demonstrations in the Asian
2019 Aug 21, Hong Kong-based
Bank of East Asia Ltd (BEA) warned that weeks of protests in Hong
Kong could hit the economies of the Chinese-ruled city and mainland
China itself as hundreds of demonstrators held a sit-in at the
subway site of a midsummer mob attack.
2019 Aug 23, Thousands of
chanting Hong Kong protesters joined peaceful "Baltic Chain" links
of hands, with almost three months of anti-government demonstrations
showing no sign of let-up across the Chinese-ruled territory. In
1989, an estimated two million people joined arms across the three
Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in a protest against
Soviet rule that became known as the "Baltic Way" or "Baltic Chain".
2019 Aug 24, Hong Kong police
fired volleys of tear gas to break up anti-government protests in a
gritty industrial suburb after activists threw petrol bombs and
bricks. China freed British consulate worker Simon Cheng whose
15-day detention had fuelled tensions.
2019 Aug 25, Hong Kong police
fired tear gas and water cannon amid running battles with
brick-throwing protesters in driving rain after violent clashes a
day earlier in which police fired tear gas for the first time in
more than a week. Hong Kong's police said they arrested 29 people
after clashes overnight.
2019 Aug 26, Hong Kong’s
government said that illegal violence is pushing the city to the
brink of great danger, after a weekend of clashes that included the
first gun-shot and the arrest of 86 people, the youngest just 12.
2019 Aug 28, In Hong Kong
hundreds of people protested to denounce Cathay Pacific Airways for
dismissing crew taking part in or supporting anti-government rallies
that have swept the Chinese-ruled city for weeks.
2019 Aug 29, China sent fresh
troops to Hong Kong as part of a "routine" garrison rotation, as the
financial hub braced for a new round of violent protests after
police refused permission for a mass rally at the weekend.
(The Telegraph, 8/29/19)
2019 Aug 30, Tensions spiked in
Hong Kong ahead of what could be a 13th straight weekend of protest,
as police arrested several top opposition figures including Joshua
Wong after banning a mass march scheduled for August 31.
2019 Aug 31, Hong Kong police
fired tear gas and water cannon as pro-democracy protesters threw
petrol bombs in the latest in a series of clashes that have plunged
the Chinese-ruled city into its worst political crisis in decades.
2019 Sep 1, Hong Kong
pro-democracy protesters obstructed access to the Hong Kong airport
after police arrested dozens the night before and deployed water
cannon and tear gas in response to activists lobbing petrol bombs
2019 Sep 2, Thousands of Hong
Kong university and school students boycotted class and rallied
peacefully for democracy, the latest acts of defiance in an
anti-government movement that has plunged the Chinese-ruled city
2019 Sep 3, Hong Kong Chief
Executive Carrie Lam said she never asked China for permission to
resign over the historic unrest rocking the city, while
acknowledging that she discussed her struggles in a closed-door
2019 Sep 4, Hong Kong leader
Carrie Lam’s moved to formally withdraw a bill allowing extraditions
to China. This may well have ended the Hong Kong unrest in June, but
now protesters want a lot more, and they’re ready and willing to
2019 Sep 5, Hong Kong leader
Carrie Lam said that China "understands, respects and supports" her
government's move to formally withdraw an extradition bill, part of
measures she hoped would help the city "move forward" from months of
2019 Sep 5, Shares in Hong
Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd fell nearly 4% in early trade
following the resignation of its chairman after the market closed on
the previous day. The departure of John Slosar was announced less
than three weeks after mounting Chinese regulatory scrutiny led to
the shock exit of its chief executive, Rupert Hogg.
2019 Sep 6, Hong Kong police
fired rubber bullets, tear gas and pepper spray to clear protesters
outside a subway station on the densely populated Kowloon peninsula,
the latest clash in 14 weeks of sometimes violent anti-government
2019 Sep 7, Hong Kong police
prevented anti-government protesters from blocking access to the
airport, but fired tear gas for a second night running in the
Chinese-ruled city's densely populated district of Mong Kok in the
14th week of unrest.
2019 Sep 8, Hong Kong police
fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the upmarket Causeway Bay
shopping district, after demonstrators had rallied at the US
Consulate calling for help in bringing democracy to the
2019 Sep 9, In Hong Kong
hundreds of uniformed school students, many wearing masks, formed
human chains in districts across the city in support of
anti-government protesters after another weekend of clashes.
2019 Sep 10, Thousands of Hong
Kong soccer fans booed loudly and turned their backs when the
Chinese national anthem was played before a World Cup qualifier
match against Iran, taking the city's months of protests into the
2019 Sep 13, Hong Kong
pro-democracy protesters took to the hills to form
flashlight-carrying human chains, using the colorful Mid-Autumn
Festival as a backdrop to the latest in more than three months of
sometimes violent demonstrations.
2019 Sep 14, Hong Kong police
moved in to break up scuffles between pro-China protesters and those
denouncing perceived Chinese meddling in the Asian financial hub,
the latest in months of sometimes violent clashes.
2019 Sep 15, Hong Kong police
fired water cannon and volleys of tear gas to disperse protesters
throwing petrol bombs at government buildings, as months of
sometimes violent demonstrations showed no sign of letting up.
2019 Sep 20, Amnesty
International alleged in a new report that Hong Kong police beat
pro-democracy protesters in custody and committed acts that amount
to “torture" during recent demonstrations.
2019 Sep 21, In Hong Kong
anti-government protesters burned a Chinese flag and police fire
pepper spray in renewed clashes.
(SSFC, 9/22/19, p.A6)
2019 Sep 28, Hong Kong police
fired a water cannon at brick-hurling protesters after tens of
thousands crammed into a park and surrounding streets to mark the
fifth anniversary of 2014’s pro-democracy Occupy demonstrations.
2019 Sep 29, In Hong Kong
demonstrators marched without permission after an approved rally the
day before. Police used a water cannon, rubber bullets and tear gas
on protesters who set a train station entrance on fire and hurled
petrol bombs as they tried to march on the government offices in the
2019 Sep 30, Chinese Communist
Party leader and President Xi Jinping renewed his government's
commitment to allowing Hong Kong to manage its own affairs amid
continuing anti-government protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese
2019 Oct 1, Hong Kong police
shot and wounded a pro-democracy protester as the city was lashed by
its worst unrest of the year, hours after China celebrated 70 years
of Communist Party rule with a massive military parade. Medical
authorities said 31 people were admitted to hospital, two in a
critical condition. On Oct. 3 the teenage victim of police gunfire
was charged with rioting and attacking police.
(AFP, 10/1/19)(SFC, 10/4/19, p.A2)
2019 Oct 2, In Hong Kong
hundreds joined spontaneous rallies to protest the shooting of a
teenage student by a police officer who had come under attack by
pro-democracy activists the day before.
(The Telegraph, 10/2/19)
2019 Oct 4, Hong Kong invoked
emergency powers for the first time in more than half a century to
ban face masks for protesters after months of unrest, prompting
demonstrators to occupy downtown streets.
2019 Oct 6, Chinese soldiers
issued a warning to Hong Kong protesters who shone lasers at their
barracks in the city, in the first direct interaction with mainland
military forces in four months of anti-government demonstrations.
2019 Oct 6, Hong Kong police
fired tear gas as protesters defied an emergency law and marched
wearing masks through the Chinese-controlled city.
2019 Oct 7, Hong Kong police
staged a show of force in a district hit by some of the most violent
clashes with protesters in recent months, but instead of being
confronted by demonstrators were jeered by onlookers.
2019 Oct 11, In Hong Kong
hundreds of mask-wearing pro-democracy protesters marched through
the central business district, occupying a main thoroughfare and
disrupting traffic as the Chinese-ruled city braced for another
weekend of unrest.
2019 Oct 13, Hong Kong
pro-democracy activists and riot police clashed in chaotic scenes
around the city with police in full riot gear chasing protesters
through crowds of horrified lunchtime shoppers.
2019 Oct 16, Hong Kong leader
Carrie Lam had to abandon her policy speech because of jeering
lawmakers. She then broadcast the annual address via a video link
after the rowdy scenes in the Legislative Council.
2019 Oct 18, Hong Kong
pro-democracy protesters donned cartoon character masks as they
formed human chains across the semiautonomous Chinese city late
today, in defiance of a government ban on face coverings at public
2019 Oct 20, Hong Kong
protesters set off fires and vandalized subway stations, banks and
stores as another weekend of demonstrations descended into
destruction and violence. Organizers estimated at least 350,000
people took part in an unauthorized march that authorities had
2019 Oct 21, Hong Kong riot
police fired tear gas late today to disperse pro-democracy
demonstrators gathered to commemorate the three-month anniversary of
an assault by more than 100 men on protesters, commuters and
2019 Oct 23, Hong Kong's
legislature formally withdrew planned legislation that would have
allowed extraditions to mainland China, but the move was unlikely to
end months of unrest as it met just one of five demands of
2019 Oct 24, Hundreds of Hong
Kong protesters, some waving Catalan flags and banners urging "a
fight for freedom together", rallied in support of a separate
Catalonia, broaching an issue that is anathema to Hong Kong's rulers
2019 Oct 27, Hong Kong police
said anti-government protesters set fire to shops and hurled petrol
bombs, after riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber
bullets to disperse thousands in the Tsim Sha Tsui harbor-front
2019 Oct 28, Hong Kong's
Financial Secretary said the city has fallen into recession, hit by
five months of anti-government protests that erupted in flames at
the weekend, and is unlikely to achieve any growth this year.
2019 Oct 29, Hong Kong activist
Joshua Wong confirmed that he has been disqualified from running in
District Council elections next month, in a blow to protesters’
efforts to win greater electoral influence in the former British
2019 Oct 31, Hong Kong police
fired tear gas to break up masked anti-government protesters
mingling with Halloween revelers in fancy dress near the upmarket
club district of Lan Kwai Fong after a standoff lasting hours.
2019 Nov 1, Hong Kong
anti-government protests fizzled after a night of clashes in a
central bar district and prominent pro-democracy activist Joshua
Wong called for 100,000 people to take to the streets of the
Chinese-ruled city the following day.
2019 Nov 1, China warned it
would not tolerate any challenge to Hong Kong's governing system, as
it laid out plans to boost patriotism in the city and change how its
leader is chosen or removed after months of pro-democracy protests.
2019 Nov 2, Hong Kong police
fired tear gas at black-clad protesters after they set fire to metro
stations and vandalized buildings including China's official Xinhua
news agency in some of the worst violence to hit the city in weeks.
At least 200 people were arrested as protesters seeking greater
democracy and police accountability blocked roads, vandalized public
facilities and set alight exits of subway stations.
(Reuters, 11/2/19)(Bloomberg, 11/3/19)
2019 Nov 3, In Hong Kong more
unrest broke out when police and protesters clashed at malls full of
afternoon shoppers. Riot police used pepper spray and detained
several people. Shopfronts were vandalized and subway turnstiles
2019 Nov 4, Chinese President
Xi Jinping expressed "high trust" in Hong Kong's embattled leader
Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor in a meeting with Lam in Shanghai and
"fully affirmed" the chief executive's response to unrest that has
rattled the city since June.
(South China Morning Post, 11/5/19)
2019 Nov 5, Hong Kong leader
Carrie Lam said that she has received the backing of Chinese
President Xi Jinping in her handling of five months of
anti-government protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory,
as hundreds of masked demonstrators took to the streets again.
2019 Nov 6, In Hong Kong a
knife-wielding assailant injured Junius Ho, a pro-Beijing lawmaker,
and his assistant, as tensions worsen with protests nearing the
start of a sixth continuous month. Police arrested the attacker.
(The Telegraph, 11/6/19)
2019 Nov 8, In Hong Kong
student Chow Tsz-lok, who fell from the third to the second floor of
a parking lot in the early hours of Nov. 4, died today. Vigils
mourning his death quickly spiraled into street fires, bursts of
tear gas and cat-and-mouse clashes between pro-democracy protesters
2019 Nov 9, Hong Kong
protesters held a vigil for "martyrs" and many demanded "revenge"
after a student died in hospital this week following a high fall,
fuelling anger among pro-democracy demonstrators who first took to
the streets in June.
2019 Nov 10, Hong Kong police
fired tear gas and water cannon to break up rallies as activists
blocked roads and trashed shopping malls across the New Territories
and Kowloon peninsula during the 24th straight weekend of
2019 Nov 11, In Hong Kong a
traffic police officer shot an unarmed 21-year-old pro-democracy
protester at point-blank range. Hours later, a man was set on fire
after defending Beijing in an argument. Both individuals were listed
in critical condition.
(The Daily Beast, 11/12/19)
2019 Nov 12, Hong Kong police
fired tear gas at pro-democracy protesters in the Central financial
district and at demonstrators on the other side of the harbor as a
senior officer said the unrest had brought the city to "the brink of
2019 Nov 13, Chinese e-commerce
giant Alibaba Group launched the share sale for its Hong Kong
listing, braving unrest in the global financial hub to try to raise
up to $13.4 billion to fund its expansion plans.
2019 Nov 15, Hong Kong
protesters returned to the central financial district, the
fifth-straight day of rallies in a broader democracy push that’s
driven Asia’s premier financial hub toward recession.
2019 Nov 15, China’s People’s
Liberation Army troops appeared on the streets of Hong Kong as part
of a clean-up mission that risked a backlash from pro-democracy
protesters who have brought the city to a standstill in recent
2019 Nov 17, A Hong Kong police
officer was struck by an arrow fired by a protester and an armored
vehicle set ablaze, as fires raged into the night around a campus
which has turned into a base for a pro-democracy movement that has
sunk the city into turmoil. Activists dug in around Hong Kong
Polytechnic University (PolyU), setting large fires to prevent
police from conducting a threatened raid on the campus.
2019 Nov 18, Hong Kong leader
Carrie Lam urged protesters holed up in a university to heed police
calls to surrender, as tens of thousands of protesters marched to
support the trapped demonstrators.
2019 Nov 19, Anti-government
protesters holed up in a Hong Kong university searched for escape
routes after more than two days of clashes with police, dramatic
breakouts by rope and motorcycle and more than 1,000 arrests in 24
hours. About 100 protesters remained trapped in the Polytechnic
2019 Nov 19, The US Senate
unanimously passed a bill aimed at supporting protesters in Hong
Kong and warning China against a violent suppression of the
demonstrations -- drawing a rebuke from Beijing.
2019 Nov 21, In Hong Kong only
a handful of activists held out as they desperately searched for
ways to escape or hide while squads of police encircled the grounds
of Polytechnic University.
2019 Nov 22, Hong Kong's High
Court said the government could enforce a ban on face masks for one
week as police readied for any unrest during contested elections
(SFC, 11/23/19, p.A4)
2019 Nov 22, In Hong Kong an
unknown number of protesters remain holed up inside the Polytechnic
University as riot police encircled the campus, which has been the
site of violent clashes in recent days.
(Good Morning America, 11/22/19)
2019 Nov 22, US President
Donald Trump said he had saved Hong Kong from being destroyed by
persuading Chinese President Xi Jinping to hold off on sending in
troops to crush its pro-democracy movement.
2019 Nov 24, Polls closed in
Hong Kong with no major disruptions after people turned out in huge
numbers to vote in district council elections seen as a test of
support for chief executive Carrie Lam following six months of
pro-democracy protests. Hong Kong residents handed an overwhelming
victory to pro-democracy candidates in a vote for local district
councils, a stunning repudiation of the city’s Beijing-backed
government after months of increasingly violent protests seeking
(Reuters, 11/24/19)(Bloomberg, 11/25/19)
2019 Nov 27, US President
Donald Trump signed into law congressional legislation which
supported protesters in Hong Kong, despite angry objections from
Beijing, with which he is seeking a deal to end a damaging trade
2019 Nov 30, In Hong Kong
secondary school students and retirees joined forces to protest, the
first of several weekend rallies planned across the city, as
pro-democracy activists vowed to battle what they say are police
brutality and unlawful arrests.
2019 Dec 1, In Hong Kong
thousands of black-clad protesters marched in the busy tourist
district of Tsim Sha Tsui this afternoon one day after a group
blocked roads and set fire to a subway station entrance.
2019 Dec 2, China’s Foreign
Ministry said that US military vessels and aircraft would not be
able to visit Hong Kong. China has also introduced sanctions against
US pro-democracy NGOs after US President Donald Trump signed a bill
supporting Hong Kong protesters last week.
2019 Dec 7, In Hong Kong
hundreds of pro-government demonstrators packed a local park to
denounce what they say is a reign of terror by anti-government
(SSFC, 12/8/19, p.A6)
2019 Dec 8, Hong Kong saw its
biggest pro-democracy protest in months, signaling more unrest to
come in 2020 as the movement that began in June to fight China’s
increasing grip on the city shows its staying power.
2019 Dec 9, Hong Kong police
arrested 12 people suspected of preparing gasoline bombs.
(SFC, 12/10/19, p.A2)
2019 Dec 10, Taiwan’s top
diplomat said that his government stands with Hong Kong citizens
pushing for “freedom and democracy," and would help those displaced
from the semi-autonomous Chinese city if Beijing intervenes with
greater force to quell the protests.
2019 Dec 14, Hong Kong police
arrested three men for testing homemade explosives. Police said the
explosives were intended for use during protests.
(SSFC, 12/15/19, p.A4)
2019 Dec 22, Clashes broke out
between Hong Kong police and protesters at a rally in support of
China's Uighur minority. Police arrested two protesters who were
attempting to burn a Chinese flag at the rally, which was attended
by several hundred people.
2019 Dec 25, Protests spread
through Hong Kong over Christmas Eve and Day, with some
demonstrators donning reindeer costumes in light of the holiday.
Rallies ended in clouds of tear gas, with one police officer
pointing his gun at the crowd, but not firing.
(The Telegraph, 12/25/19)
2019 Dec 28, In Hong Kong
police fought protesters who marched through a shopping mall
demanding mainland Chinese traders leave the territory. 14 people
were reported detained.
(SSFC, 12/29/19, p.A4)
2019 Dec 31, Chinese President
Xi Jinping called for Hong Kong to return to stability following
months of pro-democracy protests.
2020 Jan 1, Hong Kong began
2020 with a familiar sight: Tear gas, fires, vandalism and
roadblocks in busy downtown areas as protesters vowed to maintain
their fight for more democracy and less Chinese control. Police
detained about 400 people on charges including illegal assembly and
possession of offensive weapons after the huge rally.
(Bloomberg, 1/1/20)(The Guardian, 1/2/20)
2020 Jan 8, Hong Kong's
security chief said police have seized more than 3,700 mobile phones
used by protesters in the last several months of protest. More than
6,000 people have been arrested since protests against a proposed
extradition bill erupted last June.
(Business Insider, 1/8/20)
2020 Jan 12, In Hong Kong more
than 1,000 people attended a rally to urge people and governments
abroad to support the city's pro-democracy movement and oppose
China's ruling Communist Party.
(SFC, 1/13/20, p.A2)
2020 Jan 13, China said it
prevented the head of Human Rights Watch from entering Hong Kong
because of the group's support for the territory's ongoing protest
(SFC, 1/14/20, p.A2)
2020 Jan 19, In Hong Kong
clashes broke out between protesters and police, cutting short a
rally after thousands had gathered at a park to call for electoral
reforms and a boycott of the Chinese Communist Party. Ventus Lau,
the rally's organizer, was arrested in the evening for allegedly
breaching the authorities' conditions for the rally and repeatedly
2020 Jan 23, In Denmark an
eight-meter copper statue by Jens Galschioet, entitled "Pillar of
Shame," was erected in front of parliament in central Copenhagen to
express solidarity with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
2020 Jan 26, A group of Hong
Kong protesters set alight the lobby of a newly built residential
building that authorities planned to use as a quarantine facility,
as public fears in the financial hub about the coronavirus outbreak
intensified. Anger grew towards government plans to convert the
building into a quarantine zone as the number of confirmed cases in
the city climbed to six.
2020 Feb 4, Hong Kong hospitals
cut services as thousands of medical workers went on strike for a
second day to demand the border with mainland China be shut
completely, as a new virus caused its first death in the
semi-autonomous territory and authorities feared it was spreading
locally. The fast-spreading outbreak has killed 490 people with
24,324 confirmed cases.
(AP, 2/4/20)(Reuters, 2/4/20)(SFC, 2/5/20, p.A3)
2020 Feb 11, The US State Dept.
said it has authorized the voluntary departure of US government
employees and their family members from Hong Kong in light of the
outbreak of a deadly coronavirus.
2020 Feb 15, In Hong Kong
hundreds of anti-government protesters marched in multiple
neighborhoods against government plans to potentially turn some
buildings into coronavirus quarantine centers, demanding full
closure of the mainland China border.
2020 Feb 26, Hong Kong's
government proposed a cash handout of 10,000 Hong Kong dollars
($1,282) to residents to boost the city’s flagging economy.
2020 Feb 28, Hong Kong Hong
Kong media tycoon and a prominent democracy advocate Jimmy Lai (72),
who has long denounced as a traitor by Chinese state media, was
among activists swept up in a fresh wave of arrests in the Asian
financial hub. Lai was arrested on suspicion of participating in an
unlawful assembly last year and intimidating a reporter in 2017. He
was soon given police bail.
2020 Feb 29, Hong Kong police
fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of black-clad protesters, some
armed with petrol bombs, during a rally to mark six months since the
authorities stormed a subway station and arrested demonstrators.
2020 Mar 8, Hong Kong recorded
its third coronavirus death.
2020 Mar 13, In Hong Kong a man
(80) became the fourth patient to die from coronavirus.
2020 Mar 26, In Hong Kong
opposition politician Cheng Lai-King (61) was arrested a day after
she forwarded a Facebook post that identified a policeman who was
believed to have fired the rubber bullet that last year blinded
Indonesian journalist Veby Mega in one eye. Lai-King was released
after being charged with sedition.
(SFC, 3/27/20, p.A2)
2020 Mar 27, The Hong Kong
government announced new measures to contain the coronavirus
outbreak, including limiting crowd size to four people except
weddings and funerals. The measures will last for 14 days. The city
has found a record 65 new cases, taking its total to 518.
2020 Apr 2, Hong Kong ordered
bars and pubs to close for 14 days from April 3. The city earlier
reported 37 new cases, taking its total to 802.
2020 Apr 7, Hong Kong reported
21 new cases of the coronavirus for a total of 936.
2020 Apr 17, China's Liaison
Office in Hong Kong said it was not bound by Article 22 of the 1990
Basic Law. The article banned Chinese government offices from
interfering in Hong Kong's internal affairs.
(Econ, 4/25/20, p.8)
2020 Apr 18, Hong Kong police
arrested 15 veteran pro-democracy lawmakers and activists on charges
of joining unlawful protests last year calling for reforms. They
included and media tycoon Jimmy Lai and Martin Lee (81), a barrister
and former legislator.
(AP, 4/18/20)(Econ, 4/25/20, p.33)
2020 Apr 20, Hong Kong reported
no new coronavirus infections for the first time in seven weeks.
(SFC, 4/21/20, p.A4)
2020 Apr 24, In Hong Kong
more than 52,000 students began university entrance exams with
social distancing measures in place. Hong Kong has reported 1,036
COVID-19 cases and four deaths.
(SFC, 4/25/20, p.A4)
2020 Apr 26, Hong Kong riot
police armed with shields dispersed a crowd of 300 pro-democracy
activists holding a singing protest in an upmarket shopping mall,
despite a ban on public gatherings of more than four people.
2020 May 4, Hong Kong customs
officials impounded 24 tons of shark fins from Ecuador with a retail
value of $1.1 million.
(Econ., 11/21/20, p.30)
2020 May 5, Hong Kong said it
will relax restrictions on public gatherings and allow gyms, cinemas
and beauty parlors to re-open this week as new cases dwindle.
2020 May 8, In Hong Kong
scuffles broke out in the legislature when a pro-Beijing lawmaker
inserted herself as chair of a committee meeting to try to end a
months-long impasse that has resulted in a backlog of legislation.
(SFC, 5/9/20, p.A2)
2020 May 10, Hong Kong police
grappled with pro-democracy protesters who gathered in shopping
malls after permission for a Mother's Day march was denied.
(SFC, 5/11/20, p.A2)
2020 May 13, Hong Kong reported
its first two coronavirus cases in three weeks not linked to anyone
who travelled overseas, with authorities scrambling to trace the
origin of the infections. Hundreds of protesters gathered in
shopping malls across Hong Kong, flouting coronavirus-related social
distancing rules to mock unpopular Chief Executive Carrie Lam on her
2020 May 18, Clashes broke out
in Hong Kong’s legislature for a second time this month as a
pro-Beijing lawmaker was elected as chair of a key committee that
scrutinizes bills, ending a prolonged struggle for control with the
2020 May 21, China's leadership
struck a hard line at the annual meeting of the legislature,
unveiling a plan to impose sweeping new security laws that would
place Hong Kong more firmly under Beijing’s thumb and crack down on
antigovernment protests. The proposed bill would forbid secessionist
and subversive activity, as well as foreign interference and
(NY Times, 5/22/20)(AP, 5/22/20)(Econ., 5/30/20,
2020 May 24, Hong Kong police
fired tear gas and a water cannon at protesters in a popular
shopping district, as thousands took to the streets to march against
China's move to impose national security legislation on the city.
2020 May 26, Stanley Ho (98),
the opportunistic casino tycoon, died in Hong Kong He led the
transformation of the tiny territory of Macau off the coast of China
into the world’s most lucrative gambling destination. Mr. Ho left
behind 14 children and a $6 billion-plus fortune.
(NY Times, 5/26/20)(Econ., 5/30/20, p.56)
2020 May 27, In Hong Kong
thousands of protesters shouted pro-democracy slogans and insults at
police as lawmakers debated a bill criminalizing abuse of the
Chinese national anthem in the semi-autonomous city.
2020 May 27, The United States
and China clashed over Hong Kong at the UN after Beijing opposed a
request by Washington for the Security Council to meet over China's
plan to impose new national security legislation on the territory.
2020 May 27, US Sec. of State
Mike Pompeo notified Congress that the Trump administration no
longer regards Hong Kong as autonomous from mainland China, setting
the stage for the US to withdraw the former British colony's
preferential trade and financial status.
(SFC, 5/28/20, p.A4)
2020 May 28, China’s
legislature endorsed a national security law for Hong Kong that has
strained relations with the United States and Britain and prompted
new protests in the territory. Beijing ordered that a new law be
written to extend many of mainland China’s security practices to
Hong Kong, creating broad powers to quash unrest.
(AP, 5/28/20)(NY Times, 5/28/20)
2020 May, Two Chinese nuns who
work at a mission in Hong Kong were arrested by mainland authorities
during a visit home to Hebei province. The Vatican operates the
unofficial diplomatic mission in Hong Kong, its only political
outpost of any kind in China.
2020 Jun 4, Hong Kong’s
legislature approved a contentious bill that makes it illegal to
insult the Chinese national anthem. It passed with 41 lawmakers
voting for it and just one voting against. Most of the pro-democracy
lawmakers boycotted the vote out of protest.
2020 Jun 4, Thousands of people
in Hong Kong defied a police ban this evening, breaking through
barricades to hold a candlelight vigil on the 31st anniversary of
China's crushing of a democracy movement centered on Beijing’s
2020 Jun 8, Disgraced former
Hong Kong minister Patrick Ho Chi-ping (70) was released from a New
York prison, after serving a jail term over a multimillion-dollar
scheme to bribe top African leaders. Ho was Hong Kong's home affairs
chief from 2002 to 2007.
(South China Morning Post, 6/9/20)
2020 Jun 9, Hundreds of people
marched in Hong Kong's streets to mark a year since the start of
anti-government protests, as Carrie Lam, the leader of the
semi-autonomous city, called for peace and stability.
2020 Jun 12, Hong Kong
protesters marched in a shopping mall marking the one-year
anniversary of a clash with police outside the city's legislature.
(SFC, 6/13/20, p.A2)
2020 Jun 20, It was reported
that China plans to establish a special bureau in Hong Kong to
investigate and prosecute crimes considered threatening to national
2020 Jun 22, Hong Kong reported
30 imported new coronavirus cases, taking the number of cases in the
city to 1,162.
2020 Jun 23, Vietnam said Hong
Kong-based power tool manufacturer Techtronic Industries will invest
an additional $650 million in Ho Chi Minh City to produce cordless
2020 Jun 30, The top
decision-making body of the Chinese legislature voted unanimously to
adopt the Hong Kong national security legislation. Pro-Beijing
premier Carrie Lam defended China's sweeping national security law
before the UN. The Hang Seng index surged after the law's
(AP, 6/30/20)(Econ., 7/18/20, p.31)
2020 Jul 1, In Hong Kong
protests against a new national-security law imposed by China on
Hong Kong flared up. Thousands attended the illegal protests marking
the 23rd anniversary of return to Chinese rule. About 370 people
were arrested including ten for violating the security law that came
into force at 11 p.m. the day before.
(AP, 7/2/20)(SFC, 7/2/20, p.A2)
2020 Jul 1, Britain announced
that it was extending residency rights for up to 3 million Hong
Kongers eligible for the British National Overseas passport,
stressing that it would uphold its historic duty to the former
British colony after Beijing imposed a sweeping new national
security law in the city.
2020 Jul 2, An anti-China
protester in Hong Kong was pulled from a flight to London and
arrested on suspicion of stabbing a police officer the day before.
(Business Insider, 7/2/20)
2020 Jul 8, In Hong Kong
Beijing's national security office was inaugurated. Hong Kong's
educational bureau announced that schools must not allow students to
play, sing or broadcast the protest anthem" Glory to Hong Kong,"
because it contains political images.
(SFC, 7/9/20, p.A2)
2020 Jul 9, Australia suspended
its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and extended visas for Hong
Kong residents in response to China's imposition of a tough national
security law on the semi-autonomous territory.
(SFC, 7/10/20, p.A6)
2020 Jul 10, Smoore, China's
biggest e-cigarette maker, launched its IPO in Hong Kong. It is now
the world's most valuable vape firm, worth around $24 billion. This
was a challenge to China's state-owned China Tobacco, which
accounted for 6% of government revenues in 2019.
(Econ., 7/25/20, p.53)
2020 Jul 12, Hundreds of
thousands of Hong Kong residents turned up to vote in an unofficial
primary election held by the city’s pro-democracy camp as it gears
up to field candidates for an upcoming legislative poll.
2020 Jul 12, Australia's
government said that it will offer 10,000 Hong Kong passport holders
currently living in Australia a chance to apply for permanent
residence once their current passport expires.
(SFC, 7/13/20, p.A2)
2020 Jul 14, Hong Kong reported
over 200 new coronavirus cases in the last week, following nearly a
month without a single case. For at least the next week, Hong Kong
is closing bars, gyms, playgrounds, pools and entertainment venues,
including Hong Kong Disneyland.
2020 Jul 14, President Donald
Trump signed the Hong Kong Autonomy Act and an executive order that
he said will hold China accountable for its oppressive actions
against the people of Hong Kong.
(AP, 7/14/20)(Econ., 7/18/20, p.31)
2020 Jul 19, Hong Kong
tightened coronavirus restrictions, with non-essential civil
servants told to work from home from this week. The global financial
hub reported more than 100 cases of the coronavirus, a record
number, bringing the city's total to 1,777 including 12 deaths.
(Reuters, 7/20/20)(SFC, 7/20/20, p.A6)
2020 Jul 20, It was reported
that global wealth managers are examining whether their clients in
Hong Kong have ties to the city's pro-democracy movement, in an
attempt to avoid getting caught in the crosshairs of China's new
national security law, according to six people with knowledge of the
2020 Jul 20, The British
government suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and
blocked arms sales to the former British territory following China's
imposition of a new national security law.
(SFC, 7/21/20, p.A3)
2020 Jul 21, Hong Kong reported
61 new coronavirus cases, including 58 that were locally
transmitted, adding to a slew of new cases which have hit the global
financial hub over the past two weeks.
2020 Jul 23, Hong Kong reported
118 new coronavirus cases, a daily record, including 111 locally
transmitted cases, adding to a deluge of new infections that have
hit the global financial hub in the past two weeks.
2020 Jul 28, New Zealand said
that it will follow the lead of its intelligence allies by
suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong, following China's
recent passing of a new security law for the semi-autonomous
(SFC, 7/29/20, p.A2)
2020 Jul 28, The US-based
Recorded Future reported that the Vatican and the Catholic Diocese
of Hong Kong have been the targets of alleged Chinese state-backed
hackers ahead of September talks on renewal of a landmark 2018 deal
that helped thaw diplomatic relations between the Vatican and China.
2020 Jul 29, Hong Kong reported
118 new coronavirus cases, including 113 that were locally
transmitted, as strict new measures including a restriction of
gatherings to two people and a ban on restaurant dining, took
2020 Jul 29, Hong Kong detained
four students, ages 16 to 21, for "inciting secession" on social
media. They included Tony Chung, former leader of Studentlocalism, a
protest group that had called for Hong Kong's independence from
(Econ., 8/1/20, p.33)
2020 Jul 30, Hong Kong's
government disqualified 12 opposition pro-democracy figures from
running in elections. The decision was internationally condemned.
(South China Morning Post, 7/31/20)
2020 Jul 30, Hong Kong reported
149 new coronavirus cases, a daily record, including 145 that were
locally transmitted, with authorities warning the global financial
hub faces a critical period as it tries to contain the outbreak.
2020 Jul 31, Hong Kong leader
Carrie Lam announced that the government will postpone highly
anticipated legislative elections by one year, citing a worsening
coronavirus outbreak in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. Ahead of
the announcement a group of 22 lawmakers issued a statement accusing
the government of using the outbreak as an excuse to delay the vote.
2020 Aug 2, Hong Kong reported
125 new infections as authorities tried to find the source of its
2020 Aug 3, Hong Kong reported
80 new coronavirus cases, dropping below 100 infections for the
first time in 12 days, as a team of Chinese officials began
preparations for widespread testing in the global financial hub,
which has seen a resurgence in cases.
2020 Aug 7, US treasury
department head Steven Mnuchin said the US has imposed sanctions on
Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam, and 10 other senior Chinese and Hong
Kong officials, in response to the crackdown on free speech and
political freedoms in the city.
2020 Aug 10, The Hong Kong
police arrested Jimmy Lai (72), a pro-democracy media tycoon and
high-profile critic of the Chinese Communist Party, on charges of
violating a sweeping new national security law imposed by Beijing.
the Hong Kong Police Force said seven men between the ages of 39 and
72 were arrested on suspicion of breaching the security law. Two of
Lai's sons were among those arrested.
(NY Times, 8/10/20)(The Week, 8/10/20)
2020 Aug 11, Hong Kong
supporters of the Apple Daily newspaper lined up to buy an expanded
print run in a bid to help the paper survive, a day after police
raided its headquarters and detained up to ten people including
founder Jimmy Lai.
(SFC, 8/12/20, p.A4)
2020 Aug 23, Chinese
authorities detained 12 Hong Kong activists as they tried to reach
Taiwan by speedboat.
(SSFC, 9/13/20, p.A3)
2020 Aug 24, Hong Kong
researchers reported that a 33-year-old man was infected a second
time with the coronavirus more than four months after his first
bout. This was the first documented case of so-called reinfection.
The patient experienced no symptoms from his second infection,
indicating his immune system may have learned how to respond.
(NY Times, 8/25/20)
2020 Aug 26, Hong Kong police
arrested 16 people on charges related to ant-government protests
last year, including opposition lawmakers Ted Hui and Lam
(SFC, 8/27/20, p.A2)
2020 Aug 31, Police in Hong
Kong used pepper spray and made several arrests as dozens of
protesters gathered at a subway station to mark the anniversary of a
violent clash last year that stirred accusations of police brutality
during anti-government rallies.
2020 Sep 1, Hong Kong began a
free universal coronavirus testing program.
(SFC, 9/1/20, p.A6)
2020 Sep 4, Seven human rights
experts affiliated with the UN raised concerns over Hong Kong’s new
national security law in a letter addressed to Chinese authorities,
saying the legislation limits certain fundamental freedoms.
2020 Sep 6, Hong Kong
demonstrators returned to the street to protest the city's
Beijing-imposed national security law and the government's decision
to delay Legislative Council elections for a year. About 290 people
were arrested. Police tackled a 12-year old girl to the ground and
arrested her on amid a protests against delayed parliamentary
(AP, 9/6/20)(The Telegraph, 9/7/20)
2020 Sep 8, Nongfu Spring,
China's most popular brand of bottled water, went public on Hong
Kong's bourse. Zhong Shanshan (b.1954), founded the company in 1966
and became China's 2nd wealthiest person following the IPO.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhong_Shanshan)(Econ., 9/12/20, p.55)
2020 Sep 15, The US issued a
sweeping new advisory warning against travel to mainland China and
Hong Kong, citing the risk of “arbitrary detention" and “arbitrary
enforcement of local laws."
2020 Sep 24, Prominent Hong
Kong activist Joshua Wong was arrested for "unlawful assembly"
related to a 2019 protest against a government ban on face masks -
the latest in a series of high-profile arrests as the authorities
seek to crack down on the Chinese-ruled city’s pro-democracy
movement. Mr Wong was soon released, with a trial date set for
(The Telegraph, 9/24/20)
2020 Oct 10, Hong Kong police
said they have arrested nine people on suspicion of providing funds
and other assistance to a group of 12 who sought to flee the
territory by boat in August, but were intercepted by Chinese
(SSFC, 10/11/20, p.A2)
2020 Oct 15, Hong Kong police
raided the private offices of media tycoon and pro-democracy
activist Jimmy Lai (71).
(SFC, 10/16/20, p.A2)
2020 Oct 27, Hong Kong’s new
national security unit arrested three pro-democracy activists,
including Tony Chung Hon-lam (19), a leading figure of a now-defunct
political group that had called for independence. Mr Chung was near
the US consulate where he reportedly intended to seek asylum when he
was apprehended by police officers.
(The Telegraph, 10/27/20)
2020 Oct 28, Customs agents in
Hong Kong seized 100,000 counterfeit face masks with a market value
of $400,000. One manager of a trading company was arrested.
(SFC, 10/31/20, p.A6)
2020 Nov 3, Hong Kong police
arrested Choy Yuk-ling, a prize-winning journalist whose work had
exposed the authorities' delayed response to a mob attack on
anti-government protesters last year.
(SFC, 11/4/20, p.A2)
2020 Nov 5, It was reported
that Hong Kong police have launched a hotline to report behavior
suspected to breach national security as Chinese authorities
continue to crack down on dissent in the territory.
(The Telegraph, 11/5/20)
2020 Nov 11, China moved to
quash one of the last vestiges of democracy and dissent in Hong
Kong, forcing the ouster of four pro-democracy lawmakers from their
elected offices in a purge that prompted the rest of the opposition
to vow to resign en masse.
(NY Times, 11/11/20)
2020 Nov 15, In Hong Kong at
least seven people were killed and 11 injured in a fire at an
apartment building that may have started at a gathering of people
from the city's Nepalese community.
2020 Nov 18, Hong Kong police
arrested three former opposition lawmakers for disrupting
legislative meetings several months ago.
(SFC, 11/19/20, p.A2)
2020 Nov 20, Hong Kong reported
a spike in daily coronavirus cases to 26, two days before an
arrangement with Singapore to allow a limited number of passengers
to fly both ways without having to go through quarantine kicks in.
2020 Nov 23, Hong Kong reported
73 new coronavirus cases as the government warned the epidemic in
the densely populated city is rapidly worsening with silent
transmission chains feared amid a rise in asymptomatic infections.
Hong Kong has recorded 5,702 COVID-19 cases and 108 deaths since the
2020 Dec 1, Hong Kong leader
Carrie Lam urged residents of the densely populated city to stay at
home and avoid unnecessary family gatherings as the global financial
hub scrambles to contain a new rise in COVID-19 cases.
2020 Dec 2, Three prominent
Hong Kong pro-democracy activists were sentenced to jail for a
protest outside police headquarters as authorities stepped up a
crackdown on opposition to tighten control by Beijing over the
territory: Joshua Wong (13.5 months), Agnes Chow (10 months) and
Ivan Lam (7 months).
2020 Dec 2, In Hong Kong Jimmy
Lai (73), the founder of Next Digital, which publishes Hong Kong’s
best-selling tabloid, Apple Daily, was arrested late today. He was
charged with fraud and denied bail until a court hearing in April.
Senior executives Royston Chow and Wong Wai-keung were also
arrested, but granted bail.
(The Telegraph, 12/3/20)
2020 Dec 2, JD Health, a
Chinese online pharmacy, raised $3.5 billion in Hong Kong.
(Econ., 12/12/20, p.63)
2020 Dec 7, Hong Kong
authorities arrested 8 people in connection with an unauthorized
protest at the Chinese University of Hong Kong campus last month.
(SFC, 12/8/20, p.A4)
2020 Dec 7, US Secretary of
State Mike Pompeo announced sanctions on 14 high-level officials in
China's legislature for the body's enforcement of a controversial
national security law imposed on Hong Kong.
(South China Morning Post, 12/8/20)(SFC, 12/9/20,
2020 Dec 8, Hong Kong said the
city would once again ban dining in restaurants after 6 p.m. (1000
GMT) and close all gyms and beauty salons, to curb a rise in
coronavirus cases in the densely packed financial hub.
2020 Dec 10, China said it is
imposing restrictions on travel to Hong Kong and Macau by some US
officials and others in retaliation for similar measures imposed on
Chinese individuals by Washington.
(AP, 12/10/20)(Reuters, 12/10/20)
2020 Dec 11, City leader Carrie
Lam said Hong Kong has ordered 15 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine,
split between China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd. and Pfizer/BioNTech,
twice the number of its residents.
2020 Dec 23, Hong Kong's
Department of Health said a new variant of the novel coronavirus
spreading rapidly in Britain appears to have infected two students
who returned to Hong Kong from the UK, as the city secured 22.5
million doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
2020 Dec 29, The 2nd US Circuit
Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled in the case of Dr. Chi Ping
Patrick Ho (70), a prominent Hong Kong businessman, finding he was
properly convicted by a jury in December 2018 of paying bribes to
the presidents of Chad and Uganda.
2020 Dec 30, A Chinese court
convicted 10 people from Hong Kong who had tried to flee to Taiwan
on a speedboat of crimes relating to illegal border crossing, and
sentenced them to up to three years in prison.
(The Telegraph, 12/30/20)
2020 Dec 31, Hong Kong's
highest court revoked media tycoon Jimmy Lai's bail after
prosecutors succeeded in asking the judges to send him back to
detention. The court said that it was “reasonably arguable" that the
previous judge's decision was erroneous and that the order of
granting bail was invalid.
2021 Jan 6, Hong Kong police
arrested 55 pro-democracy officials and activists over an effort to
choose candidates for city elections. It was the largest roundup
since Beijing’s crackdown began. The EU called for their immediate
release. 52 people were granted bail on Jan. 8.
(NY Times, 1/6/21)(AP, 1/6/21)(SFC, 1/9/21, p.A2)
2021 Jan 6, HKChronicles, a
Hong Kong website that publishes material mainly related to
anti-government protests in 2019, was blocked by the city's internet
service providers (ISPs). Hong Kong police had invoked the city's
national security law for the first time to block HKChronicles.
2021 Jan 7, Joshua Wong, one of
Hong Kong's most high-profile democracy activists, who is already
serving a 13-and-a-half-month jail sentence for illegal assembly,
was arrested again on suspicion of violating the city’s
controversial national security law.
(The Telegraph, 1/7/21)
2021 Jan 10, The foreign
ministers of Australia, Britain, Canada and the USA issued a joint
statement expressing "serious concern" about the arrest of 55
democracy advocates in Hong Kong last week.
(SFC, 1/11/21, p.A4)
2021 Jan 11, Hong Kong’s new
top judge warned that the semi-autonomous Chinese territory’s courts
need to show they are impartial amid a flurry of politically charged
cases or risk losing public trust.
2021 Jan 14, Hong Kong internet
service provider Hong Kong Broadband Network said it had blocked
access to a pro-democracy website to comply with the city’s national
2021 Jan 15, Chinese lawyer Lu
Siwei, who represented a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist, was
stripped of his law license amid efforts by Beijing to crush
opposition to its tighter control over the territory.
2021 Jan 18, Hong Kong reported
107 new coronavirus cases, the highest toll in nearly a month as
authorities tested thousands of residents after an outbreak in an
old residential building located in a busy commercial and
residential area last week.
2021 Jan 23, Hong Kong's
government locked down an area of Kowloon peninsula after an
outbreak of the novel coronavirus, saying 10,000 residents must stay
home until they have been tested and the results largely determined.
2021 Jan 25, Hong Kong said it
has formally approved use of the Fosun Pharma-BioNTech vaccine, the
first COVID-19 vaccine to be accepted in the Asian financial hub.
2021 Jan 29, China said it will
no longer recognize the British National Overseas passport as
a valid travel document of form of identification. This came hours
after the UK said it would begin taking applications for what are
called BNO visas beginning late Jan. 31. As many as 5.4 million Hong
Kong residents could be eligible to live and work in the UK for five
years and then apply for citizenship.
(SFC, 1/30/21, p.A2)
2021 Jan 31, The United Kingdom
opened applications for a new visa scheme that provides eligible
Hong Kong residents the right to live, work, and study in the
country for five years before eventually applying for citizenship.
2021 Feb 6, It was reported
that Hong Kong has ordered schools to adopt a new national education
curriculum that aims to instill "affection for the Chinese people"
and weed out teachers who breach a security law imposed by Beijing
(SFC, 2/6/21, p.A3)
2021 Feb 16, A Hong Kong
government advisory panel on COVID-19 vaccines said it would
recommend China's Sinovac vaccine for emergency use, a move that
brings it a step closer to being formally greenlighted in the Asian
2021 Feb 23, Hong Kong Chief
Executive Carrie Lam gave her clear support to electoral reforms
that would likely further exclude opposition voices and cement
Beijing’s control over the semi-autonomous Chinese city’s politics.
2021 Feb 26, Hong Kong began
administering its first COVID-19 vaccines to the public, kicking off
its program offering free vaccinations to all 7.5 million residents.
2021 Feb 28, In Hong Kong 47
pro-democracy activists and opposition figures were charged with
conspiracy to commit subversion, in the largest single crackdown on
the opposition under the national security law imposed by Beijing
(NBC News, 2/28/21)(SFC, 3/1/21, p.A4)
2021 Feb 28, A Hong Kong man
(63) died two days after receiving China's Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine
shot. It was uncertain if there was a direct ink between his death
and the shot for coronavirus.
2021 Mar 6, Pro-Beijing Hong
Kong lawmaker Martin Liao said China's proposal for Hong Kong
electoral reforms could prevent a "dictatorship of the majority."
The Chinese parliament is discussing plans to overhaul Hong Kong's
electoral system to ensure Beijing loyalists are in charge.
2021 Mar 13, In Hong Kong some
law firms and banks faced compulsory testing for coronavirus as most
of the 47 news cases recorded today were linked to a gym used by the
financial and expatriate community.
2021 Mar 13, Britain's foreign
secretary Dominic Raab criticized China for continuing to violate
the Sino-British Joint Declaration as Beijing further tightens
control over Hong Kong.
2021 Mar 15, Hong Kong
authorities said that the city's vaccine scheme would be widened to
include those aged between 30-60 years old and domestic helpers, as
they aim to increase take up amongst residents in the Asian
2021 Mar 17, The US State Dept.
announced sanctions on 24 Chinese officials for undermining Hong
Kong's democratic freedoms.
(SFC, 3/18/21, p.A4)
2021 Mar 24, Hong Kong
suspended use of the Pfizer vaccine after its Chinese distributor
informed the city that one batch had defective bottle lids.
2021 Mar 30, China announced
the reduction of the number of directly elected seats in Hong Kong's
legislature following a 2-day meeting of its top legislature. Hong
Kong's legislature will be expanded to 90 seats with only 20 elected
by the public.
(SFC, 3/31/21, p.A2)
2021 Mar 30, Britain accused
China of breaching the joint declaration guaranteeing Hong Kong’s
freedoms after Beijing passed a law that would bar candidates from
elections on the grounds of insufficient patriotism.
(The Telegraph, 3/30/21)
2021 Apr 1, Seven of Hong
Kong’s veteran pro-democracy leaders were found guilty of
unauthorized assembly, a verdict seen by their supporters as a
severe assault on the freedom of speech and other civil liberties
that once were core to the city’s identity.
(NY Times, 4/1/21)
2021 Apr 13, Hong Kong’s
pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai (72) told his staff in a letter
from jail that “freedom of speech is a dangerous job" and to “stand
tall" just days before he is sentenced in two cases against him.
(The Telegraph, 4/13/21)
2021 Apr 16, A Hong Kong court
sentenced a group of the city's most prominent pro-democracy
activists to up to 18 months in prison for organizing a massive
unauthorized protest in August 2019 that drew an estimated 1.7
million people. Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai (73) was jailed for
12 months. Four others were jailed for between eight and 18 months.
(AP, 4/16/21)(The Telegraph, 4/16/21)
2021 Apr 19, The US House
passed a resolution to condemn China's government and Hong Kong's
regional legislature for "the continued violation of rights and
freedoms" in a near-unanimous vote.
2021 Apr 20, Hong Kong police
said a 19-year-old university student, identified by his family
name, Wong, has been arrested in connection to a phone scam that
defrauded a Hong Kong woman (90) of $32.8 million. Callers had said
they were investigators from mainland China.
(NY Times, 4/21/21)
2021 May 6, In Hong Kong
prominent pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong was sentenced to ten
months of additional jail time for participating in an unauthorized
vigil to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.
(SFC, 5/7/21, p.A4)
2021 May 17, In Hong Kong Next
Digital Ltd shares were suspended after authorities froze assets of
its jailed owner Jimmy Lai under a new national security law in Hong
Kong, while the tycoon pleaded guilty to taking part in an illegal
protest in October 2019.
2021 May 19, The Art Basel
contemporary art fair opened in Hong Kong, offering a combination of
physical and virtual shows as many art collectors and curators were
not able to travel to the city because of COVID-19 restrictions.
2021 May 27, Hong Kong's
legislature passed a bill amending electoral laws that drastically
reduces the public's ability to vote and increases the number of
pro-Beijing lawmakers making decisions for the city.
(SFC, 5/28/21, p.A2)
2021 May 28, Hong Kong
authorities sentenced 10 pro-democracy politicians and activists,
including media mogul Jimmy Lai, to an extra 14-18 months in prison
over a 2019 protest.
2021 Jun 5, Hong Kong activist
Chow Hang Tung was released on bail, a day after she was detained on
suspicion of promoting an unauthorized assembly to commemorate the
1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy activists in
2021 Jun 11, Hong Kong's
government said it would begin blocking the distribution of films
that are deemed to undermine national security.
(SFC, 6/12/21, p.A2)
2021 Jun 12, Hong Kong
democracy activist Agnes Chow was released from prison on the second
anniversary of the city's huge democracy rallies, with police out in
force and protests now all but banned.
(The Telegraph, 6/12/21)
2021 Jun 16, Hundreds of Hong
Kong police officers raided the newsroom of Mr. Lai’s defiantly
pro-democracy newspaper, Apple Daily, scrutinized journalists’
computers, arrested top editors, froze company accounts and warned
readers not to repost some of its articles online.
(NY Times, 6/16/21)
2021 Jun 21, Hong Kong’s
embattled pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily reported that its
board of directors has asked authorities to unfreeze some assets so
it can pay salaries and avoid labor violations, and that the board
will meet again on June 25 to decide if the newspaper will cease
2047 Hong Kong’s status as a
special administrative Region of China was scheduled to expire.
Freedom of the press and free expression were guaranteed during this
(SFC, 9/11/00, p.A12)