Hong Kong Chief Executive Lam Not Thrilled by Gay Games

Hong Kong’s new Chief Executive Carrie Lam is usually full of sweet-sounding words and photo op smiles. But her composure was rattled and her inner prejudices revealed at an informal briefing given to diplomats...

New Nails in Hong Kong’s Coffin

It was Hong Kong’s new Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s big day, her first annual policy address and one to lay out her agenda for her whole five-year term. But it just happened to coincide with the denial of entry...

Final Chapter for Another Hong Kong Bookstore

Flowbooks, one of the last independent bookstores in Hong Kong, will shut its doors on October 2 due to financial difficulties. The 20-year-old bookstore in Central, which sells mostly secondhand volumes, was padlocked in May when it was unable to pay the l...

The Singaporization of Hong Kong’s Judiciary

How independent of its government is the judicial system of Hong Kong? The question has been brought into stark relief by two decisions last week by its Court of Appeal handing out serious jail terms to young a...

China’s Moneybag Friends at Harvard University

The level and sources of funding from China-linked tycoons and institutions for Harvard University is opaque and prodigious, and calls into question just how the dons at the US’s most prestigious educational in...

China to Take Charge of Kowloon Immigration Facility

The Hong Kong government is railroading through a plan to give up legal rights to a piece of its own territory in favor of Beijing. A chunk of the high-speed rail terminus being constructed in the middle of Kowloon, where immigration and customs formalities wi...

Good for Alibaba? SCMP Quashes Column on Xi-linked Tycoon

The steady erosion of the journalistic independence of the South China Morning Post, once the region’s most influential English-language daily, was demonstrated last week when the paper’s editors pulled an arti...

A New Bank of Crooks and Criminals

The Cyprus-based FBME bank, permanently blocked in April by a US court from access to the US banking system and thus basically shut down, has among its depositors arguably the biggest collection of financial outlaws the world has seen in decades. It is ...