January 30, 1999 |
People with one parent from Hong Kong have the right to live in the territory and do not need permission from mainland China to do so, Hong Kong's highest court ruled Friday in a landmark immigration case. The territory's Court of Final Appeal said Beijing was violating the constitutional rights of emigrants with Hong Kong ancestry by insisting on its own screening process. China requires people to gain exit permits before they move out.
December 24, 1999 |
Not everyone liked the British when this bustling city was a crown colony. But even detractors grudgingly credited her majesty's government with one achievement: establishing a modern, impartial judicial system. Hong Kong citizens, it was said, could count on getting a fair shake from their courts. Now, this bedrock of Hong Kong society is at risk of blowing apart amid a constitutional crisis, critics say, and the planter of the dynamite is none other than Hong Kong's own highest court. On Dec.
October 24, 1992 |
China on Friday threatened British authorities in Hong Kong with "confrontation" if they press ahead with plans for democratic reforms before the colony returns to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. "We do not wish to see confrontation because it is detrimental to Hong Kong," Lu Ping, who as director of the Chinese government's Hong Kong-Macao Affairs Office is Beijing's chief spokesman on the colony, said at a news conference.
December 14, 1996 |
Shipping magnate Tung Chee-hwa, named this week as the man who will lead Hong Kong after Britain hands it back to China, won't start the job until the British governor sails away on June 30. But Tung is not waiting quietly in the wings. His first act as leader-in-waiting was to go to China the day after his appointment to prepare the formation of a shadow legislature that will operate even before the hand-over.
March 18, 2004 |
It's been a tough 12 months for the government of Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa. Hong Kong's leadership has fought disease, faced mass protests and watched its popularity tumble. And then there is the great crocodile caper.
June 30, 1997 |
The voice on the answering machine was one of Italy's best-known television correspondents. She was doing some advance work in preparation for this week's visit to cover the final chapter of British colonial rule in Asia. "Can you put me in touch with Suzie Wong? I hear she's a key figure in Hong Kong," she asked, apparently unaware that the legendary bar hostess was a Hollywood fantasy of East meeting West.