June 30 - July 6, 2018

HKSAR celebrates 21st Anniversary

Chief Executive upbeat about HK

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has expressed confidence in Hong Kong’s future under the “One Country, Two Systems” principle, citing the various initiatives the city has embarked on and the strong economic indicators. “After a year of leading the Government to demonstrate a new style of governance, perform new roles and implement a new fiscal philosophy, I have even greater confidence in HK,” said Mrs Lam at the reception to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the establishment of HKSAR (Jul 1). Recognizing housing to be the biggest social concern, Mrs Lam says the newly announced housing policy measures have shown the government’s political determination and innovative thinking.  

US celebrates 175 Years of diplomatic ties

Hong Kong’s economy and governance, its respect for the rule of law and independent judiciary, are among that many attributes that continue to attract new American businesses to Hong Kong, said US Consul General Kurt W. Tong, at the US Independence Day reception (Jul 5). The US has the oldest diplomatic mission in HK, first setting foot in the former fishing port 175 years ago. The consular outpost, set up by Thomas Waldron in 1843 to promote China trade, has also been open for more years than any other US official mission in Asia.  

Vibrant US-HK economic and trade ties

Besides close economic and trade ties, Hong Kong and the US cooperate and work on many fronts, including  enforcement in counter-terrorism, money-laundering, drug-trafficking and strategic trade controls, said Chief Executive Carrie Lam at the US Independence Day reception (Jul 5). The US was HK’s second-largest export market in 2017, behind only Mainland China with bilateral merchandise trade at US$70 billion. HK was the US’s 9th largest export market, with strong appetite for meat and agricultural products. HK was the fifth largest market for US beef and veal exports; and the sixth largest market for agricultural products in general.


Dante Lam receives international action film award

Critically acclaimed film director Dante Lam received an early birthday present at the 17th New York Asian Film Festival (Jun 30), which honored him with the prestigious Daniel A. Craft Award for Excellence in Action Cinema. Congratulating Mr Lam, Director of HKETONY Joanne Chu said this was a fitting tribute to Mr Lam’s commitment and contribution to action cinema. The auteur director was recently named the 8th most powerful director in mainland’s list of 100 directors.

World premiere of Antony Chan’s comeback film in NYC

Antony Chan, film director and drummer of the 1970s Cantopop group “The Wynners”, has been in New York for the world premiere (Jul 2) of his film, “House of the Rising Sons” at the NYAFF. The biopic, which chronicled the rise of the iconic band, regarded as Hong Kong’s answer to the Beatles, marked Mr Chan’s return to the director’s chair after more than 25 years. The amiable director picked up drum sticks and played for a very short while, giving a nice surprise gift to the audience, after a live performance by a local music group paying tribute to the legendary band.

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 there been any interference in the independence of the Judiciary?

A: No. Hong Kong’s robust and respected court system exercises judicial power independently, free from any interference. The power of final adjudication is vested in the Court of Final Appeal of the HKSAR, which may as required invite judges from other common law jurisdictions to sit on the Court of Final Appeal. The principle of trial by jury previously practised in Hong Kong is maintained. (BL Articles 2; 19; 81; 82; 85; 86)


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