February 17 - 23, 2018

Events

HKETONY rings in energetic Year of the Dog

Vibrant rope-skipping moves and lion dances kicked off the Chinese New Year receptions in Atlanta (Feb 21) and New York (Feb 22). Hong Kong Commissioner to the United States Clement Leung brought the good news that Hong Kong-US bilateral trade looks set to further strengthen in 2018 after seeing US exports to HK grow by 13% last year.  HKETONY Director Joanne Chu said a number of events and activities will be held to foster closer ties. 

Spring reception in Chicago welcomes squash players

Elite squash players from Hong Kong taking part in the Windy City Open have joined the spring reception held by HKETONY in Chicago (Feb 20). They were Annie Au, Leo Au, Joey Chan, Max Lee and Yip Tsz Fung, led by coach Faheem Khan. It came on the heels of the exciting win by Max Lee, who defeated Australian Ryan Cuskelly for the 2018 Canada Cup trophy by a 3-1 margin (Feb 15). Lee is currently ranked No. 29 in the world. 

Visits in Chicago and Atlanta

HKETONY Director Joanne Chu held meetings with key contacts in the business and financial world during her visits to Chicago and Atlanta earlier this week.  In Chicago (Feb 20), she met Tom Bartkoski, Director of International Business Development at World Business Chicago, and Abin Kuriakose, Program Manager of ChicagoNEXT, to discuss ChicagoNext's work in identifying venture capital investments in Chicago startups, their focus on Fintech and cyber security sectors for growth, and potential interaction between Hong Kong and Chicago startups and universities.  

In Atlanta (Feb 21), she joined Commissioner to the US Clement Leung in a meeting with Raphael Bostic, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and the executive team of fast food chain Chick-fil-A. Commissioner Leung mentioned the next Asian Financial Forum in 2019 for Mr Bostic, who last visited Hong Kong in Nov 2017. He also encouraged Chick-fil-A team to consider Hong Kong as a regional base for expansion in Asia.  

Sports

Rope-skipping champs tour US

The three-time winning team of the World Rope Skipping Championships has embarked on their first US tour, making their debut in Atlanta (Feb 21) and New York (Feb 22). In New York, the team, partnering with the US National Double Dutch League, performed at different schools and community centers before departing for San Francisco. The US tour is sponsored by the HKETOs in New York and in San Francisco.

Cycling sensation scores 3 golds

Hong Kong cyclist Sarah Lee won three gold medals at the Asian Championships in Malaysia (Feb 20). The 2012 Olympic bronze medallist dominated all the three events she entered, a repeat of her performance in the same tourney in 2017.  Hong Kong scored another gold medal on the last day of the event in the men’s madison, won by Leung Chun-wing and Cheung King-lok. Sarah Lee will race again in The World Championships in the Netherlands starting next week. 

Arts

Harbour Arts Sculpture Park

The Harbour Arts Sculpture Park 2018 public arts project has been launched (Feb 22), turning the Central and Wan Chai Harbourfront into a gallery featuring large-scale, museum-quality works from 18 local and international artists. Welcoming the new harbourfront transformation, Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung highlighted the government’s commitment to arts and the changes brought by the phased completion of the West Kowloon Cultural District to an international arts and cultural metropolis. 

Travel & Tourism 

Foodie destination airport

Forbes has ranked Hong Kong International Airport 3rd in a ranking of the top 10 airports around the world for food, giving high marks to its diverse choices and overall quality. Noteworthy eateries to check out include Caviar House & Prunier, Crystal Jade, La Mian Xiao Long Bao, and Saboten for pan Asian fast food. 

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: Can Hong Kong still conclude and implement agreements with foreign states and regions or international organisations, 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 organisations in the appropriate fields. Since Hong Kong’s return to the Motherland, the HKSAR Government, authorised by the Central Authorities, has concluded over 160 bilateral agreements with foreign states in accordance with the Basic Law, including air services agreements, visa abolition agreements and mutual legal assistance agreements. In 2013, representatives of the HKSAR Government, using the name of “Hong Kong, China”, participated in over 1500 international conferences not limited to states. (BL Articles 96; 133; 151; 152; 155)

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