September 11, 2000 |
The Democratic Party suffered a major erosion of public support in Hong Kong's Legislative Council elections Sunday, while a party with close ties to Beijing gained strength, according to early election results and exit polls. The result of the second council election since Hong Kong was returned to Chinese rule three years ago came amid sharply reduced voter turnout and broad public discontent about the failure to recover the levels of prosperity that predated the region's 1998 recession.
April 21, 2000 |
Gender and pedigree may not be all it takes to get ahead in the world these days. But they're all it takes to get a piece of one of the most precious commodities in Hong Kong: land. Any adult male who can prove that he is descended from the aboriginal dwellers of the outlying New Territories can apply to the government for his own patch of land on which to build a home.
July 3, 1998 |
As Hong Kong's hand-over to China neared in 1997, The Times visited with some residents to learn of their hopes--and fears--about life under Beijing's rule. A year later, their lives have taken some unexpected turns. ZHANG JING / Dissident Dissident Zhang Jing knows firsthand about Chinese repression, and she didn't want to stay in Hong Kong long enough to see what would happen after Chinese rule took effect. Now safely in the U.S.
May 29, 1998 |
Tung Chee-hwa, Hong Kong's chief executive, had hearty congratulations and a few gentle "I told you so's" after voters turned out in record numbers this week in the first elections under Chinese rule. He pointed out that the 53.3% turnout was much higher than in any elections held under the British, who returned the territory in July; a more democratic legislature had replaced a handpicked body within a year, as he had pledged; and Beijing had not meddled at all.
May 26, 1998 |
Critics of Beijing pledged Monday to use a popular mandate to press for more democracy in Hong Kong after final results gave them a sweep in the first election under Chinese rule. If the high turnout of 53.3% in Sunday's legislative vote surprised nearly everyone, the results did not. The Democrats, Hong Kong's largest party, secured 13 seats on the 60-seat Legislative Council. Together with smaller allies, they wound up with 20 seats, although they garnered the most votes by far.
May 23, 1998 |
More than half a million people in Emily Lau's district are eligible to vote Sunday in Hong Kong's first legislative election under Chinese rule, and now she is running--literally--to win a seat. Bang! Bang! Bang! She knocks on the metal security gate of an apartment in a vast public housing project and shakes hands between the bars with the woman who opens the door. "Hi, I'm Emily Lau. Vote for me on Sunday, OK?" she says in one breath with a smile.