June 15 - 22, 2018


First duty visit to the Heart of Dixie

In her first duty visit to Alabama (Jun 18-19), Director Joanne Chu updated key officials on major developments in innovation and technology in Hong Kong and the business opportunities under the Belt and Road Initiative and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area. In a meeting with Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield, they exchanged views on mutual concerns on the ongoing talk of trade tariffs. The director also met with the Vice President of Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, Ernie Cowart in Birmingham; and CEO of Retirement Systems of Alabama, David Bronner in Montgomery.

Opportunities in BRI and Bay Area

US businesses interested in expanding their footprints in the Belt and Road countries and in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area should look no further than Hong Kong. Addressing a Texas Lyceum leadership conference in New York (Jun 21), Director Joanne Chu highlighted opportunities in innovation and technology, financial and professional services, high-value added services as well as green energy.

World premieres of HK films at NYAFF

The biopic of legendary band the Wynners “House of the Rising Sons”, and Hong Kong Film Development Fund-financed dramedy “Men on the Dragon” will have their world premieres in the upcoming New York Asian Film Festival (Jun 30 – Jul 12).  Directors Antony Chan and Sunny Chan as well as up-and-coming actress Jennifer Yu will attend film screenings. Seven other blockbuster films to be shown are a three-film Dante Lam retrospective, a trio thriller run on July 4, and “Empty Hands” starring Stephy Tang. The actress, who gained much acclaim for her performance in the film, will also attend the film screening on Jul 6. Tickets are on sale now.

Summer internships start in Chicago

Six students from the Hong Kong Baptist University have begun their two-month city government internships in Chicago, taking up positions in the local city council and the Fire Department, as well as in non-profit groups such as World Chicago and Chicago Children’s Museum.  Led by Alice Yau of the University Office of Student Affairs, they thanked employers for the opportunity at a welcome reception (June 18). Head of Public Relations at HKETONY Claudia Yeung extended support on behalf of director on duty visit.

Arts & Culture

California-based artist chosen for Venice Biennale

Hong Kong-born, Los Angeles-based artist Shirley Tse will represent Hong Kong at the 58th Venice Biennale next year. A 2009 Guggenheim Fellow, Tse is known for her installations which incorporate elements of text, photography and video and has served as a faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts since 2001. For the Biennale, she will create new site-specific works in a solo exhibition curated by HongKonger Christina Li. 

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:Has the Central People’s Government or any Mainland province interfered in the administering of the HKSAR Government?

A:No. Hong Kong has enjoyed a high degree of autonomy since its return to the Motherland on July 1, 1997. In accordance with the Basic Law, the CPG has scrupulously upheld the principle of 'one country, two systems' and the promise of 'Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong'. No department of CPG and no province, autonomous region or municipality directly under the CPG has interfered in the affairs which the HKSAR Government administers on its own in accordance with the Basic Law. (BL Articles 2; 12; 22)


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