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BREAKING: HONG KONG: Carrie Lam Steps Down Citing Family Leaving it Open to China

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#AceBreakingNews – Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam will not seek second term, chief secretary John Lee emerges as possible successor

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Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam will not seek another term.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam says she will not run for a second term in a leadership election in the global financial hub due to take place on May 8.

Ms Lam said on Monday her family was her top priority. She added that the decision was her “personal wish and aspiration” and entirely based on her family considerations.

The election was pushed back from March 27 to give the government time to battle a COVID-19 outbreak that has infected more than a million of the 7.4 million people in the former British colony.

Since Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997, it has had four chief executives, who all struggled to balance the democratic aspirations of some residents with the vision of China’s Communist Party leaders.

Hong Kong’s chief secretary John Lee, the number 2 official in the global financial hub, is set to resign in order to join a race in May to become its new leader, broadcaster TVB said, citing an unidentified source.

Carrie Lam speaks to the media in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the decision was her “personal wish and aspiration”.(AP: Vincent Yu)none

Mr Lee, 64, a security official during the prolonged and often violent 2019 pro-democracy protests, was promoted in 2021 in a move some analysts said signalled Beijing’s priorities for the city related to security rather than finance or the economy.

Other possible contenders include the city’s financial secretary, Paul Chan, as well as former leader Leung Chun-ying, but none has announced a bid.

Born in British-ruled Hong Kong in 1957 and becoming a life-long civil servant and devout Catholic, Ms Lam took office in 2017 with a pledge to unite a city that was growing increasingly resentful of Beijing’s tightening grip.

“There’s only one consideration and that is family. I have told everyone before that family is my first priority,” Ms Lam told a regular press briefing.

“They think it’s time for me to go home.”

Carrie Lam on left in a light brown dress and jacket, Xi Jinping on right in a black suit, both smiling at camera shaking hands
Seen here with Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2019, Ms Lam was criticised for favouring Beijing over the rights of Hong Kong citizens.(AP via Xinhua: Ju Peng)none

She declined to comment on possible candidates to replace her and said she had not decided on her future plans.

Ms Lam said she had proposed a government restructuring to mainland authorities that would include new policy departments.

But it would be up to the city’s next leader to decide whether to go ahead with the plan, she added.

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RTHK Telegram: CRH: Foster Home to Carry-Out Reform After Alleged Child Abuses

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#AceBreakingNews – RTHK Telegram – The Society for the Protection of Children said it will completely reform the management of its foster home after more thirty staff members were arrested over alleged child abuse.

The group’s executive committee chair, Robin Hammond, said in a press release published Thursday that the Children’s Residential Home (CRH) will be teaming up with various NGOs and institutions to rebuild an effective management system over the next nine months.

The society said tailored training will be provided to the home’s new superintendent, Loretta Cheung, to ensure “the right leadership mindset and capability”.

All of the facility’s frontline child care workers – most of them newly recruited in the past couple of months – will also receive training on topics such as children’s rights and how to build a home-like environment. Hammond was quoted as saying in a staff briefing earlier that he hopes the complete revamp will restore public trust in the foster home. “This is a complete re-assessment of the service model of the Residential Home,” he said.“The damage to our reputation caused by the incident in CRH is very considerable.

The critical issue is that we reform CRH and restore trust across the much broader society in all areas. We must be seen to be doing the best possible for all stakeholders.” A total of 34 workers at the facility have been arrested over alleged negligence or abuse since late December.

The scandal came to light last year after police received reports that employees had allegedly abused dozens of children under their care at the organisation’s centre in Prince Edward by pulling their hair, hitting their heads, slapping their faces and tossing them on the floor.

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HONG KONG: 5th #COVID19 OUTBREAK Cases Rise As Chinese Pour Into Country

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#CoronavirusNewsDesk says according to Xinhua News Report: With strong central authorities’ support, Hong Kong goes all-out to turn #COVID19 tide — Amid the fifth COVID-19 outbreak, HKSAR chief executive Carrie Lam vows to stand firm on the “dynamic zero-COVID” approach and spare no effort to enhance HK’s testing, quarantine, treatment capacity and its vaccination rate by Xinhua writers Zheng Xin, Ma Xiaocheng

HONG KONG, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) — With the latest strong support from the central authorities and people from the mainland, China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) has put all hands on deck for a must-win battle against the fifth wave of COVID-19 infections.

To implement the instructions of the central authorities on giving full support to Hong Kong to fight the epidemic, a panel of epidemiologists was dispatched from neighboring Guangdong Province to Hong Kong on Thursday.

— The central government and Guangdong province are stepping up measures to guarantee the food and daily necessity supply to Hong Kong, and five task forces are being established to help HK to strengthen its testing and quarantine abilities.

The experts are expected to introduce the mainland’s successful experience in controlling the Omicron variant of COVID-19, and conduct a comprehensive inspection and guidance on the anti-epidemic efforts in Hong Kong.

Carrie Lam (R, front), chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, welcomes epidemiology experts dispatched from neighboring Guangdong Province as they arrive in Hong Kong, south China, Feb. 17, 2022. (Xinhua)

The reinforcement came as the magnitude, pace and severity of the latest COVID-19 resurgence have outgrown Hong Kong’s current handling capacity.

On Thursday, the global financial hub reported a record of more than 6,100 new COVID-19 cases and over 6,300 suspected infections.

“At this critical juncture, it is necessary for us to leverage the advantages of ‘one country, two systems,'” HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam said in a statement in response to the central authorities’ support.

The HKSAR government will coordinate with relevant ministries and commissions of the central authorities, as well as the Guangdong provincial government, in COVID-19 testing, isolation and treatment to tackle the aggravating situation of the latest outbreak in Hong Kong, she said.

Although the epidemic situation is severe, Lam said Hong Kong’s confidence in prevailing over COVID-19 derives from the country’s robust support and the HKSAR government’s strategy to combat the epidemic with strict prevention and control.

Citizens queue for COVID-19 testing at a mobile testing station in Hong Kong, south China, Feb. 17, 2022. (Xinhua/Lui Siu Wai)

OVERRIDING MISSION

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hong Kong has upheld its strict quarantine requirements to isolate newly-emerging positive cases. Its approach succeeded in keeping the city of 7.5 million people relatively virus-free, the highest daily local caseload recorded before 2022 was below 200.

Standing firm on the “dynamic zero-COVID” approach, which is to promptly detect and precisely contain the spread of the virus to nip any resurgences in the bud, Lam said the HKSAR government will assume the principal responsibility for the fight against COVID-19, continue to pursue zero infections, and will never give up.

Containing the fifth wave of the epidemic is now of paramount importance to the HKSAR government, which is making every effort to enhance Hong Kong’s capacity in testing, quarantine and treatment, and to increase the vaccination rate.

Lam said the HKSAR government has already procured more than 100 million rapid antigen test (RAT) kits and will distribute them to priority groups as well as local residents in high-risk areas where sewage samples were tested positive for the coronavirus.

Children wait with their parents to receive COVID-19 vaccines at a community vaccination center for children in Hong Kong, south China, Feb. 16, 2022. (Xinhua)

As for quarantine facilities, she said some newly built public rental housing will be converted into isolation units. The HKSAR government is in talks with the hotel industry to acquire up to 10,000 hotel rooms for those who tested positive for COVID-19.

Members of the new Legislative Council have also played their active and constructive roles. Since the fifth wave began, they have advised the HKSAR government on how to fully leverage the support of the central authorities, among other issues.

“All sectors of the Hong Kong community have promptly answered calls to join the anti-epidemic fight in solidarity with government officials, demonstrating the spirit of Hong Kong residents to rise to the occasion in unity,” Lam said.

Staff members check vegetables supplying the Hong Kong market in Wenjindu Customs of Shenzhen, south China’s Guangdong Province, Feb. 11, 2022. (Xinhua)

STRONG MAINLAND BACKING

As part of a plan to beef up anti-epidemic support for Hong Kong, the central government and Guangdong Province will take measures to ensure the supply of food and daily necessities to Hong Kong, and five task forces will be established to strengthen Hong Kong’s capacities in testing and quarantine, among others.

About 90 percent of fresh vegetables sold in Hong Kong come from the mainland. Wholesalers on the Chinese mainland are sparing no effort to ensure ample supplies.

“From Feb. 1 to Feb. 11, every day we sent more than 20 varieties of vegetables with an average of two to three vehicles to Hong Kong, and the total supply amounted to more than 200 tons,” said a Shenzhen-based supplier named He Jiashun, who sources greens from Yunnan, Hubei and other parts of the country.

According to statistics from an industry association, 10 major Shenzhen-based food suppliers have provided over 200 tons of meat and 1,500 tons of vegetables to Hong Kong since the beginning of February. As supply from the mainland recovers after a virus-caused delivery backlog, prices are dropping to normal levels.

A mobile medical test vehicle arrives in Hong Kong, south China, Feb. 17, 2022. (Xinhua)

The rapid spread of the latest resurgence created a bottleneck in Hong Kong’s nucleic acid test capacities, and technology companies from the Chinese mainland have come to break it.

On Feb. 15, the HKSAR government reopened the “Huo-Yan” (Fire-Eye) lab at Ma On Shan Sports Center to enhance the region’s ability to trace and cut the COVID-19 transmission chains. Shenzhen-based BGI Genomics had spent more than a week preparing for the facility’s relaunch.

“We have urgently mobilized about 200 staff from the mainland and they are arriving in Hong Kong,” said Liu Xing, director of the lab. “Now, all our laboratories are running 24 hours a day.”

“Huo-Yan” increases Hong Kong’s daily testing capacity by 100,000 samples. If five-in-one mixed testing is adopted, the lab can process 500,000 samples per day.

Hong Kong is currently working to increase the number of tests, which will reach about 300,000 per day by the end of this month.

Lam said that with the support of the country, universal testing is feasible in Hong Kong, noting that the HKSAR government will mobilize all manpower and resources available, and take all measures to ensure the safety and health of the residents as well as the stability of Hong Kong.

The central authorities have always provided Hong Kong with the strongest backing. Lo Kam-yam, president of the Hong Kong Commerce and Industry Associations, said since its return to the motherland in 1997, Hong Kong has navigated every crisis with the full support of the central authorities.

(Video reporters: Zhang Yichi, Wan Houde, Li Sijia, Zhang Yue, Hu Nayun; Video editors: Zhang Qiru, Cao Ying)■

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HONG KONG: Press Freedom Journalists UNDER National Security Beijing COSH

#AceNewsReport – Feb.11: International Federation of Journalists said it was “gravely concerned at the rapid collapse of Hong Kong’s free media” and for the “ongoing safety and well-being of professional and independent journalists” in the city.

#AceDailyNews says Press freedom ‘end game’: Int’l media watchdog says Hong Kong becoming a ‘city of fear’

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The International Federation of Journalists said it was “gravely concerned at the rapid collapse of Hong Kong’s free media” and for the “ongoing safety and well-being of professional and independent journalists” in the city.

Hong Kong is turning into a “city of fear” where “open discussion is stifled” and the national security legislation “effectively acts as a trip wire for all journalists,” the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) wrote in its latest report.

The international media watchdog released the report on Hong Kong’s press freedom on Friday with the headline: “Lights Out: Is this the End of Press Freedom in Hong Kong?” Photo: IFJ.

The report said the city’s authorities already had “a number of powerful weapons” in their hands, including the national security law, in order to turn the “once open city” into “just another mainland Chinese city.”

The IFJ summarised that, since the enactment of the law, some 20 journalists and press freedom activists have been arrested, while at least 12 media workers have been charged or are awaiting trial.

“[F]ear and uncertainty have come to dominate life in the city. There is a now palpable sense that the fight for democracy and media freedom has entered its end game,” the report said.

Citing the arrest of media tycoon Jimmy Lai under national security offences and the forced closure of his tabloid Apple Daily last June, the IFJ said the security law was “used to crush” the largest pro-democracy publication in Hong Kong.

The report also mentioned Hong Kong authorities’ use of the colonial-era sedition law to arrest seven figures associated with Stand News, which led to the independent outlet’s closure, and Citizen News’ voluntary shutdown soon after “for staff protection.”Jimmy Lai being transferred onto a Correctional Services vehicle on February 1, 2021. Photo: Studio Incendo. 

After the closure of the two independent outlets, Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam said the national security law brought no damage the city’s press freedom when HKFP asked if the closures amounted to a “chilling effect.”

“If implementation of the national security law would undermine press freedom, then we would not be seeing any press freedom in the western world,” Lam said.

But according to IFJ, the “vague terms, fluid definitions and shifting interpretations” of the national security law have made it difficult for journalists to navigate, while self-censorship has become more common in films, books and the visual arts.

Besides, the IFJ said there were increased restrictions on access to public records, intimidation of sources, and online harassment from pro-Beijing media, for those who continue to report in Hong Kong.Former acting chief editor of Stand News Patrick Lam was seen taken away by national security police on December 28, 2021. Photo: Supplied. 

In the press release that accompanied the report, the watchdog said it was “gravely concerned at the rapid collapse of Hong Kong’s free media” and for the “ongoing safety and well-being of professional and independent journalists” in the city.

The IFJ also called for governments internationally to support journalists seeking to leave the city or find temporary refuge to continue their careers in exile.

International condemnation

On Tuesday, a statement issued by the Media Freedom Coalition condemned the press freedom crackdown in Hong Kong and the arrests of journalists at Stand News. It was signed by 23 western countries.

The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in UK said in response that after the implementation of the national security law, Hong Kong has restored stability and press freedom has since been better protected, citing an increase in the number of international media outlets and reporters at Hong Kong.File photo: Studio Incendo.

On Wednesday evening, a Hong Kong government spokesperson rebuffed the “misleading and baseless allegations by foreign entities.”

The spokesperson said that press freedom was guaranteed by the law and “the media landscape in Hong Kong is as vibrant as ever.” They also said as long as it is not in violation of the law, the media’s “freedom of commenting on or even criticising government policies remains uninhibited.”

The spokesperson said all national security law enforcement actions “have nothing to do with their occupation, background or political stance.”

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(HONG KONG) M+ Museum Report: Major Contemporary Art Museum Debuts Amid Censorship Concerns Under Their Security Law Tightening #AceNewsDesk report

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#AceDailyNews Cultural News Report: M+ promises to be a leading cultural destination, but China’s new national security law threatens its curatorial freedom

An interior view of a gallery in museum, with tall white ceilings, wooden floor and in the center, a work of 126 clay jars, some painted white, arranged on the floor in a grid
Nora McGreevyNovember 16, 2021 12:34 p.m.Ai Weiwei’s Whitewash (1995–2000), pictured here in the M+ museum’s newly opened galleries, features 126 Neolithic clay jars unearthed in China. Photo by Keith Tsuji / Getty Images

After years of delays and anticipation, Hong Kong’s M+ museum has finally opened its doors.

Perched on the city’s Victoria Harbor waterfront, the multibillion-dollar institution aims to become one of the most popular contemporary art destinations in the world, on par with the likes of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and Tate Modern in London, reports Alex Greenberger for ARTNews. Its distinctive L-shaped building, designed by Swiss firm Herzog and de Meuron, boasts 700,000 square feet of space and houses more than 8,000 works of contemporary Chinese and Asian art.

More than 76,000 people reserved tickets to the museum ahead of its November 12 opening, reports Vivian Wang for the New York Times. But looming threats of government censorship have tempered expectations for the long-awaited venue.

“The opening of M+ does not mean that artistic expression is above the law,” Henry Tang, head of the West Kowloon Cultural District, which includes the museum, tells James Pomfret of Reuters. “It is not.”Hong Kong’s M+ Museum, a striking building with an illuminated waterfront facade, opened to the public last week. The institution aims to transform the city into a global destination for contemporary art. Photo by Virgile Simon Bertrand / Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

Major Contemporary Art Museum Debuts in Hong Kong Amid Censorship Concerns
Hong Kong’s M+ Museum, a striking building with an illuminated waterfront facade, opened to the public last week. The institution aims to transform the city into a global destination for contemporary art. Photo by Virgile Simon Bertrand / Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

Originally slated to open in 2017, M+ was beset by budget concerns, construction delays, the Covid-19 pandemic, curator resignations and a host of other obstacles, writes Enid Tsui for the South China Morning Post (SCMP) magazine.

Recent political developments also posed problems. Last year, in the wake of widespread anti-government protests in the city, Chinese officials imposed a sweeping national security law that gives Beijing broad powers to intervene in Hong Kong’s once-independent judiciary, surveil the city’s residents, target activists who criticize the Communist Party and more. The law imposes severe restrictions that clash with the city’s historic status as a semiautonomous hub for freedom of speech, including artistic expression.

Newfound pressure from Beijing has already led M+ to change how it displays politically charged art. Earlier this year, a photograph in the museum’s collections by dissident Chinese artist Ai WeiWei attracted public criticism from pro-Beijing politicians. In September, the museum removed the work’s image from its online hub and publicly committed not to display the work in person, per ARTNews.

Part of Ai’s Study of Perspective series (1997–2015), the black-and-white photograph depicts the artist raising his middle finger in front of Tiananmen Square in Beijing. In 1989, the square was the site of the Chinese government’s violent suppression of a student demonstration against political corruption. Authorities wounded, killed or arrested an unknown number of protesters; estimates of the death toll range from China’s official count of 200 to student leaders’ claim of up to 3,400. The massacre remains a taboo subject for the Chinese government more than 30 years later.

Censorship concerns meant that M+ kept the contents of its galleries tightly under wraps until the museum’s press opening on November 11. But M+ director Suhanya Raffel says the exhibitions on view were planned well before Beijing’s 2020 crackdown.

“We work within the laws of our city,” Raffel tells Kari Soo Lindberg and Stella Ko of Bloomberg. “We have not had to make changes to our opening exhibitions. We feel absolutely certain that the curatorial integrity is intact.”

When visitors flooded into the building on opening day, they were greeted by a major exhibition, “Revolution to Globalization,” which traces Chinese art from the 1970s to the present. The galleries feature works from the collection of a former Swiss ambassador to China, Uli Sigg, who announced plans to donate his seminal trove of Chinese art to the museum in 2012.

“It is not possible for a museum to survive without the freedom of speech.”

Among the works on view are Dust (1987) by Huang Yong Ping, a Chinese-French conceptual artist and founder of the influential contemporary art group Xiamen Dada, and a painting from Zhang Xiaogang’s Bloodlines series, which draws inspiration from pre-Cultural Revolution family photographs.

Museumgoers will also encounter site-specific installations, including British artist Antony Gormley’s Asian Field (a sea of 200,000 hand-crafted clay figurines arranged in a cavernous space) and a cross-shaped video sculpture by South Korean duo Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries.

Two works by Ai appear in the exhibition: the video Chang’an Boulevard(2004) and Whitewash (1995–2000), which consists of 126 Neolithic clay jars arranged in a grid, some coated in white paint. Though Whitewash is not as provocative as Study of Perspective: Tiananmen Square, Tsui of SCMP argues that the artwork “is still an irreverent treatment of ancient artifacts, and could therefore be seen as a critical comment on Chinese history and identity.”

Speaking with Bloomberg, Ai “expressed skepticism” that M+ would be able to “satisfy the art world and Beijing at the same time.”

The artist, who is currently based in Europe, added, “It is not possible for a museum to survive without the freedom of speech.”

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(AUSTRALIA) Hong Kong Customs Report: Earlier this month, new Customs head Louise Ho cited the alleged smuggling of the lobsters to the Chinese mainland as part of a mission to safeguard national security #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.26: On the face of it, it’s just a normal smuggling case, smuggling lobsters. But actually, these smuggling activities would undermine the country’s trade restrictions on Australia,” Ms Ho, who is the wife of Hong Kong’s constitutional and mainland affairs minister Erick Tsang, said.

#AceDailyNews says recently Australian lobsters caught up in ‘national security’ crackdown: Hong Kong and mainland authorities seized about US$540,000 ($720,000) worth of smuggled Australian lobsters believed to be bound for the mainland after China restricted imports of the crustacean amid escalating tensions with Australia as China’s trade war backfire much to the chagrin of the Beijing bureaucracy,

Australian lobsters seized by the Hong Kong Customs
China imposed an unofficial ban imports of Australian lobsters late last year.(AP: Kin Cheung)

Australian trade is booming, driving a rapid turnaround from the COVID-inspired crunch that crippled the global economy last year, writes Ian Verrender.

“Therefore, tackling lobster smuggling activities is an important task in safeguarding national security.”

Hong Kong authorities said its customs and Chinese law enforcement agencies confiscated about 5,300 kilograms of lobsters and arrested 13 people.

The seizure came after a recent surge in the import volume of Australian lobsters to Hong Kong after China imposed an unofficial ban on the imports late last year.

Officials said monthly imports of Australian lobster to Hong Kong have since more than doubled.

China’s lobster ban came after the Australian government pushed for an international investigation into the origins of the coronavirus. China has since blocked trade on other Australian imports, such as wine, barley, cotton and coal.

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(HONG KONG) Court Report: Sentenced seven men to jail after they were convicted of violently attacking pro-democracy protesters and commuters at a train station in 2019 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.25: The men got between three-and-a-half and seven years of jail time: The attack in Yuen Long, which was captured by victims and bystanders on mobile phones, left the city in shock.

#AceDailyNews reports on the Yuen Long Attack 2019: Hong Kong court jails seven men after violent attack on pro-democracy protestors …..

Men in white T-shirts with poles are seen in Yuen Long after attacked anti-extradition bill demonstrators at a train station, in Hong Kong, China July 22, 2019.
Men in white T-shirts with poles were seen in Yuen Long after the attack on protesters

Police were accused of arriving late to the scene and doing little to stop the violence, charges they have denied as Hong Kong reeled from armed mob violence

They were also accused of colluding with the attackers, some of whom had triad connections. 

However, these denials did little to stop to growing mistrust of the police at a time when Hong Kong was facing widespread anti-government protests. 

The footage inside Yuen Long, which went viral on social media, showed groups of men, suspected to be triad gangsters, dressed in white shirts and beating passengers with sticks, metal rods and bats.

Tens of thousands took to the streets in the days afterwards to protest against the violence

The seven-year jail term for one of the convicted men is the highest sentence that the District Court could impose.

The judge was insulted by supporters of the men, with some referring to him as “dog judge” as he walked outside the court, AFP reported: HK police accused of ‘re-writing history’ of attack

Earlier, while hearing mitigation pleas from lawyers, the judge said that the “indiscriminate assault” needed to be “severely” punished. 

One of those convicted apologised to his victims and said he had acted on impulse. A large group of masked men in white T-shirts stormed Yuen Long station

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(CHINA) Language Report: Tightens grip on Hong Kong & Cantonese to legally recognise Mandarin as their common language #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.14: Before the mass protests in Hong Kong two years ago, China already knew there was an enormous gap between Beijing authorities and the young people in the city.

Fears for the future of Cantonese as China urges Hong Kong to legally recognise Mandarin: The freedom generation, with famous young activists like Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Nathan Law, swarmed onto the streets of Hong Kong in 2014 to protest against Beijing’s decision to withhold Hong Kong’s universal suffrage.

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Demonstrators hold yellow umbrellas, the symbol of the Occupy Central movement, during a protest.
Mass protests in Hong Kong in 2019 demonstrated the gap between Beijing and young Hongkongers.(Reuters: Thomas Peter)

As Beijing tightened its grip on the city through the new national security law introduced last year, the gap grew.

survey by the Hong Kong Public Research Institute in December last year found that among its respondents aged 18 to 29, only 4 per cent considered themselves Chinese Nationals.

So now Beijing has turned its focus to getting future generations of Hongkongers on side. And one way it plans to do that is through language.

“The trend for Hong Kong’s Cantonese education is that the government wants to replace it with Mandarin,” said Andrew Chan Lok Hang, chairman of Societas Linguistica Hongkongensis which advocates for Cantonese and traditional Chinese.

In early June, a report launched by China’s Education Ministry urged Hong Kong to recognise the legal status of Mandarin and simplified Chinese, while integrating Mandarin into student assessments.

The report alarmed Hong Kong language and culture experts, who worry about its impact on the next generation’s ability to speak and write in Hong Kong’s own language.

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Hong Kong student Sharman Tam studied Chinese in traditional characters before transferring to an international school which taught Chinese in simplified characters.(Supplied)

Sharman Tam, a Hong Kong student at the University of Melbourne, said she undertook extra-curricular Mandarin courses when she was in primary school.

She said she understood the benefits of being able to speak both languages but feared the next generation of students would not be fluent in Cantonese.

“The current trend, just like this report, is that China wants Hong Kong to be like the Chinese culture,” Ms Tam said.

“I think it would be a shame if the next generation doesn’t communicate [in Cantonese]. It’s like we lose the language.”

One country, two language systems

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During the mass protests in 2019, many students in Hong Kong formed human chains outside their schools to show solidarity with the pro-democracy protesters. (ABC News: Steve Wang)

In Hong Kong and Macau, Cantonese is widely spoken and traditional Chinese widely written, while China uses Mandarin and simplified Chinese as the national spoken and written language.

Currently, Hong Kong has a language policy of “biliteracy and trilingualism”, which aims to educate Hong Kong students to master written Chinese and English, and enable them to speak Cantonese, Mandarin and English.

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The Chinese Education Ministry report looked at Hong Kong’s approach as well as the language situations in Macau, Guangzhou and Shenzhen — the four cities share similar language systems, and are part of China’s “Greater Bay Area” plan.

The report said there were “problems” in Hong Kong’s language education, while it praised Macau for its “great achievement” in promoting Mandarin.

“Vigorously promoting the common national language and script, building a harmonious language life, and enhancing language and national identity are important tasks for the language and script cause in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area,” the report said.

Cantonese ‘essential to the sense of being a Hongkonger’

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Pro-democracy protesters use traditional Cantonese phrases on their banners and Lennon walls. (Reuters: Tyrone Siu)

St Andrews University Chinese studies founding professor Gregory Lee said Cantonese was “essential to the sense of being a Hongkonger”.

“As for traditional characters, they are a reminder that Hong Kong has never been a part of communist China, just like Taiwan,” Professor Lee said.

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Professor Gregory Lee says it is easy to recognise simplified characters if one has been brought up with the complex forms, which are known as traditional characters. (Supplied)

Professor Lee said Mandarin had already “made big inroads” in Hong Kong.

He added that the legal recognition of simplified Chinese from the report was “largely symbolic”, as it was “easy” for long-term users of traditional Chinese to recognise simplified Chinese.

“Of course with time, the impact [of promoting simplified Chinese] will be to cut off younger generations from easy access to texts of the past, as has been the case on the mainland,” he said.

“If the current policy of homogenisation and centralisation of language is pursued — as it was in all major European states in the 19th and 20th centuries — then the younger generation at least will become more comfortable with simplified characters.”

Raymond Pai, a University of British Columbia Cantonese lecturer, said although the report was advisory in nature, it would build the foundation for future policies on promoting Mandarin and simplified Chinese in Hong Kong.

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Raymond Pai says the recommendations of the report are mostly for political purposes.(Supplied)

“The rationale [the report] uses is that the other three cities [Macau, Guangzhou and Shenzhen] are doing well [in promoting Mandarin], so [Hong Kong] also needs to do well,” he said.

In a statement to the ABC, a spokesperson for the Hong Kong Education Bureau said: “The development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area is very important to the future of Hong Kong.”

“Hong Kong people who pursue future studies, employment and life in the Greater Bay Area would need to interact with mainland [China], which includes mastering the language and text for communication.”

They added China was open to suggestions that would “help students learn ‘biliteracy and trilingualism (including Mandarin) well”.

The ABC also contacted China’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office and the Ministry of Education for comment.

Do Hong Kong students need more Mandarin education?

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Hong Kong student Anson Law used this textbook in traditional Chinese to study Chinese classic literature.(Supplied)

Many schools in Hong Kong already offer a subject on Mandarin for students to master the spoken language.

Anson Law, a 20-year-old Hong Kong student, recalled that he did Mandarin from primary school until year 9, and it included a speaking test each term.

Mr Law said he was worried about the extra burden that would be placed on students if Mandarin became compulsory for academic assessment.

“Learning an extra language would be helpful, but some students just don’t have good language talent,” he said.

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Chinese language and literature is also a subject taught in schools but there has been controversy over which language it should be taught in.

2015 report found that among the primary schools that responded to a survey, more than 70 per cent of them were teaching the subject in Mandarin.

This week, Hong Kong billionaire businessman Ronnie Chan called for the education system to go further, saying all subjects in all schools should be taught in Mandarin.

He wants Hong Kong’s next generation to be able to “dream the ‘Chinese dream’ in the Mandarin”, according to Hong Kong public broadcaster RTHK.

Mr Chan said Cantonese should be preserved but “for the economic future of Hong Kong”, students “must master Mandarin”.

Hopes Hongkongers abroad will help preserve Cantonese

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Andrew Chan Lok Hang said compared to Mandarin education, Hong Kong lacked a systemic Cantonese education. 

“We lack formal Cantonese courses in Hong Kong, with no curriculum about Cantonese from the Education Bureau,” Mr Chan said.

“Some ethnic minorities and new immigrants to Hong Kong face certain difficulties in learning Cantonese.”

He said he hoped that the growth of Hong Kong diaspora communities overseas in recent years would provide opportunities to promote Cantonese and traditional Chinese outside Hong Kong.

After Hong Kong’s national security law came into force, several countries, including Australia and the United Kingdom, offered migration programs to Hongkongers.

According to the BBC, the UK government estimated there would be 300,000 Hongkongers migrating to the UK over the next five years.

Professor Lee, who introduced Hong Kong studies at St Andrews University, said the older generation of Hongkongers would cling to Cantonese and traditional Chinese.

“Resistance to national language policies is easier in the 21st century than it was in earlier centuries. Look at the renaissance of Welsh and Catalan in Europe,” he said.

Professor Lee added that overseas Hong Kong diasporas would help preserve the language, but it still needed “generous support”.

He said unlike Mandarin, which has the Confucius Institute, neither Cantonese nor Hong Kong studies would receive funding from the state.

“So, we need to help ourselves.”

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(HONG KONG) JUST IN: Prominent pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow has been released from prison after serving nearly seven months of her 10-months term #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.13: She was greeted by supporters and media – but was driven away without making any comments: The authorities did not say why she had been freed early:

HONG KONG: Activist Agnes Chow released from prison after she was jailed last year and China later imposed a national security law to stifle dissent in Hong Kong so what is the Basic Law and how does it work?

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Agnes Chow (centre) leaves prison in Hong Kong. Photo: 12 June 2021
Agnes Chow (centre) has been dubbed the “goddess of democracy” by her supporters

Chow and fellow activists Joshua Wong and Ivan Lam were jailed last year for their role in protests in 2019.

Chow, 24, left the prison gates at about 10:00 local time (02:00 GMT) on Saturday.

Her supporters were heard shouting “Add oil!” – an expression that became a rallying cry during the mass protests. 

Chow did not speak to the waiting media, as she was picked in a car by her friends.

Alongside Wong and Lam, also in their 20s, Agnes Chow became the face of Hong Kong’s protests. They remain in prison.

Chow’s supporters have dubbed her “the real Mulan”, in reference to the legendary Chinese heroine who fought to save her family and country. Others have called her the “goddess of democracy”.

Nathan Law, another prominent young activist, has been given asylum in the UK after fleeing Hong Kong.

What is the national security law all about?

Hong Kong – a special administrative region of China – was always meant to have a security law, but could never pass one because it was so unpopular. 

So this is about the government in Beijing stepping in to ensure the city has a legal framework to deal with what it sees as serious challenges to its authority. 

The details of the law’s 66 articles were kept secret until after it was passed last year. It criminalises any act of:

  • secession – breaking away from the country
  • subversion – undermining the power or authority of the central government
  • terrorism – using violence or intimidation against people
  • collusion with foreign or external forces

The law came into effect at 23:00 local time on 30 June 2020, an hour before the 23rd anniversary of the city’s handover to China from British rule.

It gives Beijing powers to shape life in Hong Kong it has never had before. Critics say it effectively curtails protest and freedom of speech – China has said it will return stability.The history behind Hong Kong’s identity crisis and protests – first broadcast November 2019

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(HONG KONG) Tiananmen Square Anniversary Report: Police have arrested Pro-democracy activist Chow Hang Tung on the 32nd anniversary of the 1989 crackdown #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.05: It comes as Hong Kong has banned the vigil for the second year running, citing #coronavirus restrictions:

HONG KONG: Tiananmen Square Anniversary: Vigil organiser arrested on 32nd anniversary: Ms Chow is vice chairwoman of the Hong Kong Alliance which organises annual vigils for victims of Beijing’s deadly crackdown on democracy protesters they say she has been arrested for promoting unauthorised assembly.

Chow Hang Tung was arrested in Hong Kong on the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre
Chow Hang Tung was arrested in Hong Kong on the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre

Police have closed off Victoria Park, where citizens usually gather each year to mark the anniversary. Thousands of officers have been placed on standby to stop any attempt to hold the event as Hong Kong marks Tiananmen Square crackdown

Hong Kong and Macau are the only places in Chinese territory where people can commemorate the deadly 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

But this year, authorities in Macau also banned the vigil for the second year in a row, saying it would violate local criminal laws. 

However, Ms Chow continued to call on residents to commemorate the anniversary in their own ways.

“Turn on the lights wherever you are – whether on your phone, candles or electronic candles,” she had posted on Facebook a day before her arrest. 

Defiant in the face of arrest

Ms Chow was arrested early in the morning outside her office by officers in plain clothes, according to reports. 

She was placed in a black saloon car and driven away, the AFP news agency said.

Speaking to the BBC ahead of her arrest, Ms Chow, who is also a lawyer and a human rights activist, said she was prepared for the inevitable.

“I am prepared to be arrested. This is how Hong Kong is now. If you fight for democracy under an authoritarian regime, being arrested is unavoidable. Let it come. I am willing to pay the price for fighting for democracy,” she said.Chow Hang Tung spoke to the BBC weeks before her arrest

Separately on Friday, police arrested a 20-year-old delivery man, identified only by his surname Cheung, “promoting and announcing unauthorised assembly” – the same charge Ms Chow faces. 

Police called both their actions “extremely irresponsible”.

Huge crowds usually gather in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park each year to mark the anniversary of Chinese troops crushing peaceful democracy protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on 4 June 1989.

There was international condemnation after troops and tanks opened fire on protesters in Beijing – estimates of the dead vary from a few hundred to several thousand.

But last year, Hong Kong banned the vigil for the first time in 30 years – citing virus concerns. 

Despite this, tens of thousands of people defied the ban, knocking down barricades that had been erected around Victoria Park. 

What were the Tiananmen Square protests about

However, this year’s Tiananmen anniversary is the first since a new controversial security law was approved, aimed at ending the city’s pro-democracy movement and criminalising dissent.

Around 100 people have been arrested since the law was enacted in June.

“This will be the first June 4 since the National Security Law. Many ask if the vigil will disappear. I think we have been persisting for more than 30 years. It is more or less in Hong Kong people’s DNA,” Ms Chow told the BBC before her arrest. 

‘Are you going to arrest me?’

Chow Hang Tung was as defiant as ever when I interviewed her last month. 

She asked: “I will light up a candle in the street. Are you going to arrest me for that?” 

She was arrested, before she even got the chance to do that. But it comes as no surprise. Around 7,000 police officers are patrolling the streets of Hong Kong today.

They might make more arrests over the course of the day, according to local media reports – a stark warning to those who might try to defy the vigil ban. 

Ms Chow is considered the successor of the Hong Kong Alliance which has been fighting for democracy for more than 30 years. 

The 37-year-old barrister became a key figure after her colleagues were jailed for participating in unauthorised assembly. 

Ms Chow had told her followers that she would go to Victoria Park, the site of the annual demonstrations, to keep the tradition going.

The arrest is not her first. She was among the pro-democracy activists who were last year arrested for inciting and participating unauthorised assembly.

In mainland China, authorities have banned even oblique references to the events of June 4. Online, any discussion of the crackdown is strictly censored. 

Taiwan commemorates the anniversary every year, using the event to criticise China and urge Beijing to embark on real political reform. 

On her Facebook page, President Tsai Ing-wen wrote: “I believe that all Taiwanese who are proud of their freedom and democracy will never forget about this day and will firmly stick with their faith, unshaken by storms.”

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, said America stands with the people of China in their fight for human rights, adding that US honours “the sacrifices of those killed 32 years ago, and the brave activists who carry on their efforts today in the face of ongoing government repression.”

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