March 18 - 24, 2017

Business & Economy

Hong Kong to join Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Hong Kong will become a member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary Paul Chan said Hong Kong’s professional services and financial services sectors can contribute to the success of the AIIB. The territory’s participation in the AIIB can also create new opportunities for the relevant sectors, and can further reinforce its position as a premier international financial center. The bank is designed to provide financial support for infrastructure development and regional connectivity in Asia.

Arts & Culture

Art Basel Hong Kong 2017 launches

Art Basel Hong Kong 2017 opened to the public on March 23, welcoming over 242 international galleries from 34 countries and territories, including the United States, with 29 new galleries participating for the first time. In its fifth edition, the fair is expected to draw record visitors during its run through March 25. Last year’s fair drew more than 70,000 visitors. New York-based artist CJ Hendry had her first Hong Kong exhibition “Complimentary Colors” at the Fringe Club March 21-23, showing her vivid drawings of oil paint blobs across a rainbow-like spectrum of colors.

Films

11th Asian Film Awards

The 11th Asian Film Awards was presented at a star-studded ceremony at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on March 21. Chinese film “I Am Not Madame Bovary” (2016) took home three awards including Best Film. Veteran Hong Kong actor Lam Suet took home the Best Supporting Actor Award for his role in “Trivisa” (2016). Acclaimed Hong Kong director Tsui Hark was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award and actress/Cantopop queen Sammi Cheng received the Excellence in Asian Cinema Award.

20A Celebration in New York

New music pieces for flute and piano by Hong Kong composers

Join us for an evening of East-meets-West, with performance of compositions for flute and piano by talented Hong Kong composers at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music (450 West 37th St, New York) on April 8 (Saturday). “The Poetess” (US premiere) by Austin Ho-Kwen Yip along with “The Maximum Speed of Raphael’s Madonna” by Donald Man-Ching Yu will be performed by US and Hong kong instrumentalists. For tickets, please register here.

Sports

Team Hong Kong honored

Hong Kong athletes were honored at the awards presentation ceremony of the Samsung 2016 Hong Kong Sports Stars Award on March 21. Team Hong Kong had a busy 2016, taking part in countless sports competitions, including the Rio Olympic Games and the Rio Paralympic Games, and displaying great tenacity, perseverance and “can-do” spirit. The Hong Kong government will devote more resources and continue its efforts to nurture the young athletes and promote sports development.

Hong Kong Sevens to be held April 7-9

More than 120,000 rugby fans and revelers from around the world are expected to be in Hong Kong in April for the premier rugby tournament of the season - the 2017 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens. Taking place at Hong Kong Stadium April 7-9, the world’s best teams will face off as they compete for the coveted title. The kick-off concert will feature legendary British pop band Madness and famed British punk rock/mod revival band The Jam.

Hong Kong athlete wins World Women’s Snooker Championship

Hong Kong athlete Ng On-yee won the WLBS World Women’s Snooker Championship 2017. Hong Kong’s Secretary for Home Affairs Lau Kong-wah congratulated Ng for demonstrating high standards with superb skills and a thrilling performance. "She won the world championship again in such an important and high-level snooker tournament, and her achievement is worthy of praise," said Mr. Lau.

Basic Law

Hong Kong and its 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: Under the Basic Law, what is the role of the People's Liberation Army in Hong Kong?
A: The maintenance of public order in the HKSAR is the responsibility of the HKSAR Government. The People's Liberation Army stationed in the HKSAR is responsible for the defense of the HKSAR and does not interfere in the local affairs of the HKSAR. In addition to abiding by national laws, members of the garrison shall abide by the laws of the HKSAR. Expenditure for maintaining these military forces is borne by the Central People’s Government. (BL Article 14) 

Hong Kong Basic Law

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