July 6 - 11, 2017

HKETONY News

New Director to take up post 

Joanne Chu will assume the post of Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York on July 31, taking over from Steve Barclay, who will be proceeding on pre-retirement leave.

Politics

FS Paul Chan attends G20 summit

Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary Paul Chan attended the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Hamburg, Germany (July 6), as part of the Chinese delegation. He met with, among other financial leaders, Dr. Thomas Steffen, State Secretary at Germany’s Federal Ministry of Finance, to discuss the global economic outlook and trade ties between Germany and Hong Kong.

CE delivers address at Hong Kong Summit

Chief Executive Carrie Lam delivered the opening address at the Hong Kong Summit (July 11). “Hong Kong possesses unparalleled access across the Asia-Pacific region, and unrivalled connections both to international markets and to the Mainland of China,” she told the audience. The summit meeting, under the theme “Regional Cooperation between Hong Kong and East Asia,” featured forum discussions with commerce and trade ministers from Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, and other countries, as well as business executives from corporations such as Tencent, Bank of China, and MTR Corporation.

Transportation

New high-speed trains

Chief Executive Carrie Lam viewed the MTR Corporation’s new high-speed train (July 9) at the railway’s Shek Kong sidings. The train, which is to be put into service on the upcoming Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL), was the first to arrive from the manufacturer in Qingdao via rail – signaling that Hong Kong is now connected to the national high-speed rail network. “The Hong Kong section of the XRL is a strategic infrastructure project which forges ahead for the future of Hong Kong,” Mrs. Lam said, adding that the construction work on the rail line’s Hong Kong segment is now over 90 percent complete.

HKIA wins prestigious international awards

Hong Kong International Airport has won two major international airport awards in 2017, one for operational efficiency and the other for air cargo services. The first accolade, the “Top Asian Airport Efficiency Excellence Award,” was awarded to HKIA by the Air Transport Research Society (ATRS) for its excellence in operating and managerial efficiency, cost competitiveness, financial performance, and airport charges. Meanwhile, HKIA was selected as “Best Global Airport” by readers of Asia Cargo News, for the 2nd consecutive year.

20A Celebrations in NYC

“Hong Kong Panorama” screenings in NY this weekend

The 2017 New York Asian Film Festival will continue this weekend with the New York premieres of three recent Hong Kong films under the Hong Kong Panorama banner. “Vampire Cleanup Department” will be screened Saturday (July 15). “With Prisoners” and “Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight” will be shown Sunday (July 16). All three screenings will take place at the SVA Theatre’s Beatrice and Silas Theatres, located at 333 W 23rd St. Click here for tickets.

“From Hong Kong with Love” concert wows the crowd at Carnegie Hall

Acclaimed musicians from Hong Kong and New York took the stage of Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall Saturday night (July 8) for a “From Hong Kong with Love” concert, supported by the HKETONY in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong SAR. Around 200 guests enjoyed the evening’s program, which featured traditional Chinese music, works by George Gershwin and Astor Piazzolla, and the world premiere of Zhen Chen’s composition “Longing.” Young award-winning pianist Wong Sze Yuen, 20, flew in from Hong Kong to play works by Bach, Schubert, and Rachmaninoff, while the mix of piano, violin and clarinet with Chinese musical instruments – pipa and erhu – provided a tantalizing East-meets-West vibe.

Arts & Culture

Manhattan International Young Artists Music Festival

A gala concert will be held at New York’s Carnegie Hall on July 21 to honor the winners of the Manhattan International Young Artists Music Festival’s music competition, which was held in Hong Kong in February. The competition, for pianists, violinists, cellists, flautists, clarinetists, and singers ages five to 25, was founded by concert pianist Carol Yu. The HKETONY will be a supporting organization for the concert. Ticketing details here.

Environment

Greenhouse gas emissions in Hong Kong down 7.5 percent

Total greenhouse gas emissions in Hong Kong fell about 7.5 percent in 2015 compared with the previous year, according to the 2015 greenhouse gas inventory for Hong Kong released by the Environmental Protection Department (July 10). Per capita emissions and carbon intensity were down about 8.4 percent and 9.7 percent, respectively. The improvement was largely thanks to the increasing replacement of coal by natural gas as the fuel source for electricity generation in 2015, in order to comply with the government’s tightening of emission caps for power plants as an effort to combat climate change.

Basic Law

The Basic Law (BL) is the constitutional document of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). Put into effect on July 1, 1997, it enshrines within a legal document the important concept of “One Country, Two Systems". 

Q: Have the laws previously in force in Hong Kong been maintained ?

A: The Basic Law provides that laws previously in force in Hong Kong, that is, the common law, rules of equity, ordinances, subordinate legislation and customary law, shall be maintained and adopted as laws of the HKSAR, except for any that contravenes the Basic Law, and subject to any amendment by the HKSAR legislature. (BL Articles 8; 18; 160)

Hong Kong Basic Law

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