July 12 - 19, 2017


Hong Kong among top 10 in Digital Evolution Index

Hong Kong is one of the top ten most competitive territories in the worldwide digital economy, placing just ahead of the United States, according to the 2017 Digital Evolution Index, compiled by the Fletcher School at Tufts University and Mastercard. Hong Kong was cited as a “stand-out” in digital development and innovation, along with Singapore, New Zealand, and the UAE, with a “high-trust” digital environment. The report said Hong Kong, traditionally a major trade and finance center, was reinventing itself into a digital economy hub.

Hong Kong walks to the top of Stanford activity rankings

Hongkongers are the most active people in the world, as measured by steps walked per day, according to a study by Stanford researchers published in Nature (July 10). The average Hong Kong resident takes 6,880 steps daily, thanks to its highly walkable urban environment.


RISE takes Hong Kong by storm

More than 14,000 people, including 400 leading investors from 90 countries gathered in Hong Kong for RISE, Asia’s largest startup conference (July 11 – 13), which showcased nearly 600 breakthrough startups. Speaking at the conference were Gary Vaynerchuk, the American entrepreneur, angel investor, and marketing guru; Joe Tsai, the co-founder of Alibaba Group; and executives from top tech companies such as Facebook and Google.

Arts & Culture

Young musicians from Hong Kong for gala concert on July 21

The winners of the Manhattan International Young Artists Music Festival’s music competition are in town now ready to have their debut performances at Carnegie Hall on July 21 (Friday) The competition for pianists, violinists, cellists, flautists, clarinetists, and singers aged five to 25, was founded by concert pianist Carol Yu in Hong Kong. The HKETONY will be a supporting organization for the concert. Ticketing details are here.

Asian Youth Orchestra embarks on world tour

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam helped kick off the last week of rehearsals (July 17) for the 109-strong, Hong Kong-based Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO), before it sets off on a world tour that will feature 22 concerts in 20 cities and nine countries. In her remarks, Mrs. Lam noted the importance of investment in young people and in young musicians. The AYO will come to the Eastern US on August 11 and 13, for two concerts at  Brevard College in North Carolina and the Tilles Center for Performing Arts in Long Island, New York respectively.

20A Celebrations in NYC

Hell Gate Sevens with first-time participants

Presented by the HKETONY for the second year running, the 2017 Hell Gate Sevens tournament in Randall’s Island, New York on July 8 took in, for the first time, two Hong Kong rugby teams. The Yuen Long and Sai Kung team players, aged from 18 to 30, already champion teams in Hong Kong, returned home with a lot of spirit and motivation to strive for bigger trophies, and friendship built up with the rugby players in New York. Director of HKETONY Steve Barclay said the tournament had helped forge closer sports ties.

Film festival showcases young and veteran forces

The 2017 New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), which came to a successful close on July 16, featured a total of 10 recent Hong Kong films under the “Hong Kong Panorama” banner. Described  local media as the godfather of Hong Kong cinema, Hong Kong actor and producer Eric Tsang was presented with the Star Hong Kong Lifetime Achievement Award. Actress Carrie Ng, young, up-and-coming directors Derek Hui and Alan Lo, along with seasoned director Lawrence Lau, met the media and the audience for their films during the festival. The recipient of the Best New Director at the 2017 Hong Kong Film Awards, Wong Chun, also attended the festival events, together with the screenwriter Florence Chan, for their widely acclaimed film – “Mad World” (2016). The film was made possible with government funding that aims to help filmmakers with their first feature films. 

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: Are Mainland laws applicable to Hong Kong?

A: Generally speaking, national laws of mainland China are not applied in the HKSAR. Article 18(2), (3) and (4) of the Basic Law provide for application of national laws in the HKSAR. Such national laws as applied in the HKSAR shall be listed in Annex III to the Basic Law. Currently, a total of 12 national laws are so listed in Annex III, all of which concern matters outside the limits of the HKSAR's autonomy. They include national laws on the capital, calendar, national anthem, national flag, national day, national emblem, territorial sea and contiguous zone, exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, nationality, garrisoning, diplomatic and consular privileges and immunities as well as judicial immunity of assets of foreign central banks. (BL Article 18; Annex III)

Hong Kong Basic Law


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