AUG 3 - 9, 2021
Serology antibody test to be available for inbound travelers
Starting Aug 18, Hong Kong will introduce serology antibody testing service for inbound vaccinated travelers at Hong Kong International Airport. Under this voluntary, self-paid service, fully vaccinated travelers with proof of positive serology antibody test result can shorten their quarantine period from 14 days to seven days. This follows the adoption of a risk-based approach in border control measure, with boarding, quarantine and testing requirements for inbound travelers implemented based on the risk levels of overseas places. The US is currently listed among medium risk places. In addition to Hong Kong residents, fully vaccinated people in the US are now also allowed to board flights for Hong Kong. Fully vaccinated US travelers are required to undergo compulsory quarantine for 14 days in a designated quarantine hotel, and comply with repeated testing upon arrival.
Hong Kong closes 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games on high note
Hong Kong has its best-ever Olympics, increasing its medal haul to six at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. In addition to a gold medal by fencer Cheung Ka-long and two swimming silvers by Siobhan Bernadette Haughey, three bronze medals were grabbed by cyclist Lee Wai-Sze, karate athlete Grace Lau and  table tennis athletes Lee Ho-ching, Doo Hoi-kem, Soo Wai-yam and Zhu Chengzhu, in the last week of the tournaments. Congratulating the athletes, Chief Executive Carrie Lam expressed her utmost admiration for the athletes’ best results in Hong Kong history and her gratitude for the staunch support of various sectors to the athletes. “We are moved by the courage and perseverance of all the athletes in competitions, with a number of them breaking Hong Kong records or their own records. Hong Kong athletes’ performances have made Hong Kong people feel proud. I extend my sincere congratulations to them,” she said. (Photo credit: Hong Kong Sports Institute)

Tourism sector to get more aid
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government has earmarked about US$48.3 million under the Anti-epidemic Fund to provide further support to the tourism and related sectors, as well as the cross-boundary passenger transport trade. Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Edward Yau said that with the epidemic still widely affecting the world, cross-boundary and cross-border travel can hardly be resumed in the near term. “Taking into account the grave challenges faced by the tourism industry continuously, the Government has decided to provide a round of special further subsidies to continue to support the relevant trades and tide over practitioners during this challenging period,” he added. Since February 2020, the HKSAR Government has provided over US$40 billion through relief measures and the Anti-Epidemic Fund to assist industries and the public affected by the COVID-19 epidemic. 
NYAFF showcases vibrancy of Hong Kong cinema
The vibrant and versatile Hong Kong cinema continues to shine on the world stage at the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), running from Aug 6 – 22, with screenings taking place online, in-theatre and outdoors. Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York (HKETONY) Candy Nip said that the Hong Kong Panorama this year, featuring 15 Hong Kong films, fully exhibit the diversity of Hong Kong’s homegrown film talents from across different generations. On Aug 11, the HKETONY, in partnership with the NYAFF and Film at Lincoln Center, will present a free outdoor screening of the wuxia classic “New Dragon Gate Inn” by Raymond Lee at the Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center. Tickets for the “Hong Kong Panorama” are now available here.
Hong Kong and its Basic Law
The Basic Law (BL) is the constitutional document of the HKSAR. Put into effect on July 1, 1997, it enshrines within a legal document the important concept of “One Country, Two Systems”.

Q: What is the role of the People's Liberation Army in Hong Kong under the Basic Law?
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 CPG. (BL Article 14)

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