Feb 1 - 7, 2022
Containment policy to continue
With the rapidly increasing number of COVID-19 cases, and more cases expected in the coming days due to the after-effect of holiday events and possible virus clusters, Hong Kong will continue with the current social distancing and containment measures in an effort to contain the disease, with considerations to further tighten social distancing measures to address the infection surge. Chief Executive Carrie Lam (Feb 4) said achieving “dynamic zero” is still the best target for Hong Kong, until it has reached a more satisfactory vaccination rate. She added that the containment policy has proven to be effective in helping Hong Kong to suppress the previous COVID-19 waves. To encourage COVID-19 vaccination, plans are afoot to have more premises covered under the vaccine pass arrangement.
Hong Kong firm recognized at CES 2022
Hong Kong’s home-grown tech company Avalon SteriTech received the Innovation Honoree (Robotics) at the CES 2022 Innovation Awards for its 2-in-1 AI-powered cleaning and disinfection robot. The Whiz Gambit, jointly developed with SoftBank Robotics Group, is the first disinfection robot to achieve Performance Mark by SGS, the world’s leading verification and testing company, with proven efficacy to eliminate more than 99% microbial bioburden. Avalon SteriTech is an incubatee of the Cyberport’s Incubation Program. The CES Innovation Awards is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in 27 consumer technology product categories. The awarded products are announced at the annual “Consumer Electronics Show” trade show in Las Vegas.
Performances to celebrate Lunar New Year
Celebrating the Year of the Tiger, the HKETONY collaborated with Enoch Cheng and Jason Kong to present the “Cantonese Opera Fantasia”, showcasing the creative energy of Hong Kong's artistic talents as they reinterpreted the traditional Cantonese Opera art form with a modern twist. Heralding the beginning of spring, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra presents the “Aura of Spring”. The Beginning of Spring, which takes place on Feb 4 this year, is the first of the 24 solar terms indicating seasonal changes in the traditional Chinese calendar. It is a time when the last remnants of winter subside and nature begins to wake up under the warm glow of the sun.
Celebrate the Year of the Tiger online
Join the festivity online to celebrate the Year of the Tiger with Hong Kong Association of New York at 6 PM (ET) on Feb 10. Learn about some of the modern and traditional customs to usher in good luck, great health, and prosperity in the new year. And take the opportunity to make new connections and greet old friends. This event is open to the public. Bring your friends and families too! 
Special festive screening in Chicago
Five more days to the free screenings of Hong Kong comedy “All U Need Is Love” in Chicago! As part of Chinese New Year celebration, and in keeping with traditions to watch light-hearted family-friendly movies on this festive occasion, the HKETONY is supporting two free screenings at AMC River 21 in Chicago, organized by the Asian Pop-Up Cinema on Feb 12. RSVP to get your tickets to the free screenings.
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: Can Hong Kong conclude and implement agreements with foreign states and regions or international organizations, and participate in international conferences?
A: Hong Kong plays an active role in the international arena and maintains close contact with its international partners. The HKSAR may under the authorization of the Central People’s Government (CPG) conclude certain agreements with foreign states or regions, or 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 Hong Kong’s return to the Motherland, the HKSAR Government, authorized by the CPG or on its own, has concluded about 600 bilateral agreements in accordance with the Basic Law, including air services agreements, visa abolition agreements, free trade agreements, and cultural co-operation agreements etc. In addition, the HKSAR may, as members of delegations of the People’s Republic of China, or in such other capacity as may be permitted by the CPG and the international organization or conference concerned, or using the name “Hong Kong, China”, participate in relevant international organizations and conferences. (BL Articles 96; 133; 151; 152; 155)

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