Hong Kong jails 12 people for over the storming of the legislature in 2019 protests

HONG KONG — A Hong Kong court sentenced 12 people Saturday to prison over the storming of the city’s legislative council building at the height of the anti-government protests in 2019. Hundreds of protesters swarmed into the legislature the night of July 1, 2019 — the 22nd anniversary of the former British colony’s return to … Read more

Hong Kong proposes life terms for treason and insurrection in new national security bill

HONG KONG — Hong Kong unveiled a new national security bill Friday that proposes up to life imprisonment for offenses like treason and insurrection, a move deepening worries over further erosion of the city’s freedoms after Beijing imposed a similar law four years ago that all but wiped out dissent. The proposed law will expand … Read more

Hong Kong property stocks jump after city scraps cooling measures

An urban view of high-rise buildings at dusk as seen from Hong Kong’s Victoria Peak. Nurphoto | Nurphoto | Getty Images Stocks of Hong Kong developers rose after Financial Secretary Paul Chan scrapped property cooling measures in a bid to bolster the sector, which has been weighed down by high borrowing costs and weak economic … Read more

Hong Kong lifts curbs on property market, to spend more on tourism

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s government has lifted curbs on property deals after home prices fell to a seven-year low, adding to the Chinese territory’s woes. Finance minister Paul Chan announced the move in a speech presenting the territory’s budget, which also raised spending on tourism promotion. He said all curbs, such as extra taxes, … Read more

Messi Denies Hong Kong No-Show Was Political in Appeal to Chinese Fans

Lionel Messi sought to draw a line under controversy about his failure to play in a football match in Hong Kong earlier this month, saying his absence wasn’t due to political reasons and he has great affection for China. In a video statement released on Chinese social media late Monday, the Inter Miami star said … Read more

The Impossible Heir K-Drama Trailer Teases Lee Jae-Wook, Lee Jun-Young & Hong Su-Zu’s Rebellion

The highly anticipated K-drama The Impossible Heir released its official trailer, giving viewers a glimpse of the storyline. The series is all set to premiere on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at 5 p.m. KST on Disney Plus. It follows the story of three individuals who plot to reach the top of the societal chain and … Read more

The Most Extreme Reactions Over Messi in Hong Kong

It was meant to be a “friendly.” But Hong Kong hasn’t been shy about expressing its anger over Lionel Messi sitting on the bench for the entirety of his soccer team’s much-hyped exhibition match in the city on Sunday, especially as the government worries about how such a high-profile disappointment for so many attendees could … Read more

Anger Over Messi’s ‘Mess’ in Hong Kong Spreads to China

Controversy over Lionel Messi’s failure to play in a soccer match in Hong Kong is showing no sign of ending, with many in China taking to social media to vent their frustration over his no-show. Comments by Hong Kong sports lawmaker Kenneth Fok accusing Messi and his U.S. club Inter Miami of disrespecting local fans … Read more

Why Hong Kong Is Mad Over Messi

Hong Kong entered the weekend mad for Lionel Messi, with legions of soccer fans in the Chinese enclave highly anticipating the arrival of TIME’s Athlete of the Year as his MLS team Inter Miami were set to play an exhibition match against a local Hong Kong team on Sunday. But by the time the final … Read more