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  • Xi Jinping in Hong Kong to 'show support, plan for future'

    HONG KONG -- Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in a tense Hong Kong on Thursday, kicking off his three-day official visit to "send blessings" to the territory as it marks 20 years of Chinese rule amid heavy security and anti-Beijing protests.Step

    June 29, 2017 05:16 pm JST
  • Philippe Le Corre

    Hong Kong sinks into a 'greater' bay

    In 1997, I wrote a book in French called "Apres Hong Kong," outlining three possible futures for the newly formed special administrative region.In the first, Hong Kong would remain an international business center, home to the headquarters of multin

    June 29, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Moody's gives China-backed AIIB a triple-A credit rating

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- Moody's Investors Service gave the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) its highest possible rating on Thursday, with a stable outlook.The triple-A rating was given because of "the strength of AIIB's governance frameworks

    June 29, 2017 04:31 pm JST
  • HSBC leads Hong Kong stock rebound as US banks pass stress tests

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Hong Kong stocks on Thursday rebounded from a string of losses, with heavyweight HSBC Holdings leading the charge as U.S. banks rallied overnight after clearing the Federal Reserve's stress tests.The Hang Seng Index adv

    June 29, 2017 02:30 pm JST
  • US human trafficking report gets mixed Asian reception

    BANGKOK -- The annual Trafficking in Persons report by the U.S. State Department released on Tuesday has drawn mixed reactions in Southeast Asia, where human trafficking and forced labor have long been sensitive issues, while China bristled at the i

    June 29, 2017 02:28 pm JST
  • Kid gloves come off 20 years after Hong Kong handover

    Over a century and a half of British rule, Hong Kong developed into a critical gateway between China and the world. Now, two decades after the territory was handed back to China, the gateway is not nearly as essential -- at least from Beijing's pers

    June 29, 2017 01:37 pm JST
  • China's president arrives in Hong Kong to mark handover anniversary

    HONG KONG (Reuters) -- China's President Xi Jinping arrived in Hong Kong on Thursday to mark its 20th anniversary of Chinese rule as the city went into lockdown with a massive security blanket ahead of celebrations and protests on July 1.Britain ret

    June 29, 2017 01:17 pm JST
  • Hong Kong protesters arrested ahead of Xi's visit

    HONG KONG (Reuters) -- Hong Kong police on Wednesday arrested pro-democracy protesters, some of whom scrambled up a monument symbolising the city's handover from British to Chinese rule, a day before Chinese President Xi Jinping is due to arrive for

    June 29, 2017 11:34 am JST
  • Seoul-Tokyo rapprochement hitting snags old and new

    TOKYO -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in's criticisms of Japan on the issue of wartime "comfort women" and his push for dialogue with Pyongyang could make for a strained discussion when he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold their first f

    June 29, 2017 11:20 am JST
  • Frustration grows among Hong Kong's 'betrayed generation'

    HONG KONG -- Ellen and her husband will mark their third wedding anniversary in July, but she is finding it difficult to muster much enthusiasm. As far as she is concerned, the day will be just another reminder that for three years, she has been stu

    June 29, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Hong Kong student activists urge a fight for local democracy

    TOKYO Agnes Chow and Joshua Wong were student leaders of the "Umbrella Movement" pro-democracy protests of 2014. They are standing committee member and secretary-general, respectively, of the youth-led Demosisto political party.How do you see the pe

    June 29, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Kid gloves come off 20 years after Hong Kong handover

    Over a century and a half of British rule, Hong Kong developed into a critical gateway between China and the world. Now, two decades after the territory was handed back to China, the gateway is not nearly as essential -- at least from Beijing's pers

    June 29, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Frustration grows among Hong Kong's 'betrayed generation'

    HONG KONG Ellen and her husband will mark their third wedding anniversary in July, but she is finding it difficult to muster much enthusiasm. As far as she is concerned, the day will be just another reminder that for three years, she has been stuck

    June 29, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Hong Kong capitalists reap rewards of cozy Communist ties

    HONG KONG Without question, the business sector has been the top beneficiary of the Hong Kong handover to China. Under "one country, two systems," property conglomerates and other local companies have seized the lion's share of mainland opportunitie

    June 29, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Beijing's crackdown on Hong Kong is alienating Taiwan

    HONG KONG/TAIPEI The governing principle of Hong Kong, "one country, two systems," was originally proposed by China to persuade Taiwan to accept rule by the mainland. Hong Kong was supposed to show how this creative principle would work in practice.

    June 29, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Hong Kong markets feel the crush of mainland money

    HONG KONG While the latest major initial public offering in Hong Kong failed to excite locals, it underscored the mainland's heavy presence in the city's capital market."We haven't done enough promotion, and therefore Hong Kong investors don't recog

    June 29, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Hong Kong will retain its key role in Asia

    HONG KONG For a century, Hong Kong-based Li & Fung has been finding suppliers in Asia for Western retailers like Walmart, although its competitive edge as a middleman is waning thanks to e-commerce. Victor Fung Kwok-king, chairman of Fung Group, whi

    June 29, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Veteran journalist laments Hong Kong's fading autonomy

    HONG KONG This year marks both the 20th anniversary of the transfer of Hong Kong from British to Chinese sovereignty and half a century since the 1967 riot, perhaps the bloodiest disturbance in the history of Hong Kong. The riot was led by local com

    June 29, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Chinese pressure brings Asian democrats together

    HONG KONG Eddie Chu Hoi-dick is a 39-year-old rising star on Hong Kong's political scene. Last September, he won a seat in the legislature for the first time, after garnering the most votes by a single candidate despite having no party backing.Do yo

    June 29, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • China A-shares will sway the MSCI world index -- eventually

    HONG KONG The announcement on June 20 that Chinese domestic equities, or so-called A-shares, will be added to MSCI's index of global stocks is significant: Major tracker funds around the world will be obliged to put money into the world's second-lar

    June 29, 2017 10:00 am JST