June 3 - 9, 2017

Politics

Top US envoy on “One Country, Two Systems”

Kurt Tong, the US Consul-General to Hong Kong and Macau said Hong Kong’s unique “One Country, Two Systems” governing model is working well. In an interview with the South China Morning Post (June 6), Mr Tong said that 20 years after the handover, Hong Kong has a promising future as a bridge between mainland China and the rest of the world. The top US envoy said the task for everyone now is to continue to build on the success, not question it. He said Hong Kong is different from the rest of China, making it competitive and especially attractive to the US.

Environment

Hong Kong is committed to sustainable development

Hong Kong is committed to developing into a liveable, competitive and sustainable city, said Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung. Speaking at the Gala Dinner of the World Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2017 (June 6), Mr Cheung said the government will continue to invest in infrastructure to support social and economic development, with the city’s annual expenditures on capital works projects increasing by 39% to US$11.1 billion from 5 years ago.  

Port

Total port cargo throughput up 19%

Hong Kong’s total port cargo throughput increased to 66.2 million tonnes in the first quarter of 2017, up 18.9% year-on-year. During the same period, the port handled 4.88 million TEUs of containers, an increase of 12.8% year-on-year. The number of ocean vessel arrivals decreased by 1.3% to 6,616, while the total capacity increased by 8.1% to 103.7 million net registered tons.

Finance

InvestHK supports venture deal forum

Silicon Dragon NY 2017: Around The World In Tech, Deals and Venture” will be held at the Nasdaq Marketsite in Times Square on June 21. This half-day combo of panels and pitches will feature successful entrepreneurs, VCs, and acclaimed authors, aiming to stimulate discussions and generate deal formation from all corners of the globe in the tech world. Silicon Dragon, hosting the event, is a network of 15,000 like-minded venture deal participants that hosts investment forums in Asia, the US and Europe.  Invest Hong Kong is a supporting organization.

Education

Hong Kong universities climb in world rankings

Five Hong Kong universities have gained entry into the league table of the top 100 universities in the world compiled by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). The University of Hong Kong, the city’s highest ranked school, nudged up one place to 26th. Others on the list were University of Science and Technology (30), Chinese University of Hong Kong(46),  City University of Hong Kong (49), and Hong Kong Polytechnic University(95). This is the first time there have been five in total making the grade. The improvement was based partly on the high level of internationalization among the Hong Kong university group.

Films

Actor Tony Leung Ka-fai to receive award in New York

Hong Kong multiple-award winner Tony Leung Ka-fai will receive the Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 New York Asian Film Festival (June 30 to July 16).  The four-time winner of the Best Actor Award at the Hong Kong Film Award will meet the audience at the award ceremony at Lincoln Center (July 7). The festival will screen three of his films, including Johnnie To’s “Election”(2005), Tsui’s Hark’s “The Taking of Tiger Mountain 3D”(2014), and Longman Leung & Sunny Luk’s “Cold War 2” (2016).

Arts & Culture

Septime Webre to lead Hong Kong Ballet

Renowned choreographer Septime Webre will assume the role of Artistic Director of The Hong Kong Ballet in July. Of Cuban-American descent, Webre brings with him over two decades of creative initiatives and award-winning accomplishments in both classical and contemporary ballet. During his tenure (1999 to 2016) as Artistic Director of the Washington Ballet, the institution enjoyed unprecedented growth in the scope and quality of its work on stage. Hong Kong Ballet, formed in 1979, is one of the premier classical ballet companies in Asia. Its recent tours in the US included The Joyce Theatre in New York City, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts, the renowned Fall For Dance Festival in New York, and at the Northrop Auditorium in Minneapolis.

20A Celebrations in NYC

Director welcomes Hong Kong musicians

Director of HKETONY Steve Barclay welcomed the six musicians from Hong Kong, who will perform at “Inspirational Liaisons – Encore” concert at Carnegie Hall (June 11). The musicians will bring with them a repertoire of works including “Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel”, “Ravel Sonata in G for violin and piano” and “Gershwin Three Preludes”. While in New York, they performed in two charity concerts at two public schools in the Bronx. Two of the musicians, Cindy Ho (pianist) and Timothy Sun (saxophonist) received the 2017 Paul Creston Award presented by St. Malachy’s - The Actors’ Chapel and performed at the cathedral (June 9).

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: Can Hong Kong still conclude and implement agreements with foreign states and regions or international organizations, and participate in international conferences?

A: Hong Kong continues to play an active role in the international arena and maintains close contact with its international partners.  The HKSAR may on its own, using the name “Hong Kong, China”, maintain and develop relations and conclude and implement agreements with foreign states and regions and relevant international organizations in the appropriate fields. 

Since the reunification, the HKSAR Government, authorized by the Central Authorities, has concluded over 100 bilateral agreements with foreign states in accordance with the Basic Law, including Air Services Agreements, Visa Abolition Agreements and mutual legal assistance agreements.In 2007, representatives of the HKSAR Government, using the name of “Hong Kong, China”, participated in over 1,600 international conferences not limited to states. (BL Articles 96; 133; 151; 152; 155)

Hong Kong Basic Law

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