German Reunification @30: The Indo-Pacific Strategy
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German Reunification @30: The Indo-Pacific Strategy

COVID has advanced Germany’s plans to promote an ‘alliance of democracies globally and launch its Indo-Pacific Strategy. Dieter Lamlé, Consul General to Hong Kong and…

German Reunification @30: Refugees and Asylum
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German Reunification @30: Refugees and Asylum

Germany, pre- and post-reunification, has been the direct recipient of masses of refugees and political asylum seekers. When the Wall stood, some 80 were shot…

German Reunification @30: Work in Progress
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German Reunification @30: Work in Progress

Reunification was made possible by East Germans seeking to reform their country – not dissolve it. But history has a funny way of working out…

German Reunification @30: “Never stop believing in the impossible”
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German Reunification @30: “Never stop believing in the impossible”

30 years on, the Reunification of East and West Germany holds out hope for impossible causes. That is only one reason it is important to…

Leonardo da Vinci – and the French – cure COVID, for a night
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Leonardo da Vinci – and the French – cure COVID, for a night

The most important thing about the French Consular event was that it happened. Real people. In a cinema. In Hong Kong. Networking. Chatting. Then watching…

“Shameless and despicable” US sanctions imposed on Chief Executive Carrie Lam and other Hong Kong and Chinese officials
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“Shameless and despicable” US sanctions imposed on Chief Executive Carrie Lam and other Hong Kong and Chinese officials

Making sense of the US sanctions placed on Hong Kong’s Chief Executive and other HK and Mainland Chinese officials. Photo courtesy of Wpcpey / CC…

Diplomacy in the Time of COVID-19: Rallying around each other in tough times “Part of the Irish DNA”
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Diplomacy in the Time of COVID-19: Rallying around each other in tough times “Part of the Irish DNA”

Consul-General David Costello imagines a bright post-coronavirus future with business breakfasts, virus-free air and Hong Kongers visiting the oldest whiskey distillery in the world on…

Democratic Party fights for Hong Kong protesters to get status to flee to Britain
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Democratic Party fights for Hong Kong protesters to get status to flee to Britain

The Democratic Party calls on Britain to fast track Hong Kong BN(O) holders’ citizenships and create sanctuary conditions for Hong Kong protesters who currently lack…

Painting takes away from “the sadness of the present”: Impressionist painter Lin Minggang’s solo show opens as Hong Kong heals from COVID-19
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Painting takes away from “the sadness of the present”: Impressionist painter Lin Minggang’s solo show opens as Hong Kong heals from COVID-19

The opening night of a Monet-inspired artist’s exhibition drives home the idea that art is necessary when coping with adversity. Photo: Artist Lin Minggang speaks…

Diplomacy in the time of COVID-19: Australia shores up commitment to its expats and to Hong Kong
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Diplomacy in the time of COVID-19: Australia shores up commitment to its expats and to Hong Kong

As the Consul-General of Australia awaits official accreditation to work in Hong Kong, Deputy CG Mr Ryan Neelam has taken over CG duties with confidence…

Diplomacy in the time of COVID-19: Canada engaging in social media ‘caremongering’
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Diplomacy in the time of COVID-19: Canada engaging in social media ‘caremongering’

The consulate urges all fellow Canadians to follow official social media channels for up to date information, advice and positivity. Photo: Mr Jeff Nankivell, the…

Diplomacy in the time of COVID-19: Italy holds firm despite troubles back home
Diplomacy in the time of COVID-19

Diplomacy in the time of COVID-19: Italy holds firm despite troubles back home

This edition of Diplomacy in the time of COVID-19 features the Italian Consulate, which is bravely attempting to be ‘Business As Usual’ in Hong Kong…

Diplomacy in the time of COVID-19: France continues to support Santé, Amitié, Solidarité (Health, Friendship, Solidarity)
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Diplomacy in the time of COVID-19: France continues to support Santé, Amitié, Solidarité (Health, Friendship, Solidarity)

The French consulate fights COVID-19 head on with optimism: “Hong Kong welcomes us, we must be exemplary.”

Diplomacy in the time of COVID-19: No more visas for Scandinavia
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Diplomacy in the time of COVID-19: No more visas for Scandinavia

This edition of Diplomacy in the time of COVID-19 looks at the Finnish Consulate, which has indefinitely postponed all visa applications.

Diplomacy in the time of COVID-19: Poland divides and conquers
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Diplomacy in the time of COVID-19: Poland divides and conquers

“[My] family simply declined to be evacuated, saying that they feel safe in Hong Kong,” remarks Mr Aleksander Dańda, Polish Consul General.

Representation for Hongkongers in US Census: Write In Hongkonger Campaign
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Representation for Hongkongers in US Census: Write In Hongkonger Campaign

A campaign is pushing for the representation of the 200,000 Hong Kong-Americans in the 2020 US Census.

Hong Kong “neglects” its duty to defend press freedoms to support Beijing’s prohibition on US journalists, experts say
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Hong Kong “neglects” its duty to defend press freedoms to support Beijing’s prohibition on US journalists, experts say

Hong Kong’s compliance with Beijing’s unprecedented decision to bar US reporters from HK, Macao, and China has raised concern on local and international platforms.

American expat voter turnout for US primary jumps from 2016
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American expat voter turnout for US primary jumps from 2016

The Democrats Abroad primary took place last week, with participation significantly increasing in Hong Kong and worldwide. Photo: Volunteers at the Democrats Abroad polling station…

Shipping Out: Week in Review – WHO disappoints as COVID-19 spreads
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Shipping Out: Week in Review – WHO disappoints as COVID-19 spreads

Non-essential travel to many countries in Asia is advised against, as the COVID-19 outbreak and social unrest continues.

Shipping Out: Week in Review – COVID-19 maintains its global grip
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Shipping Out: Week in Review – COVID-19 maintains its global grip

This week’s column airs its gripes with the World Health Organisation’s lacklustre actions regarding COVID-19, and continues to advise on other cautionary measures to take…

Shipping Out: Week in Review – Wuhan virus declared global health emergency
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Shipping Out: Week in Review – Wuhan virus declared global health emergency

In light of the Wuhan coronavirus crisis, absolutely no travel to China – including non-essential travel to Hong Kong – is recommended in this week’s…

Shipping Out: Week in Review – Lunar New Year, avoid travel to China indefinitely
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Shipping Out: Week in Review – Lunar New Year, avoid travel to China indefinitely

This week, SafePro advises travellers to completely avoid travel to China amid Wuhan coronavirus concerns, and other Lunar New Year tips.

Shipping Out: Week In Review – Taal Volcano soon to burst, Wuhan virus crosses more borders
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Shipping Out: Week In Review – Taal Volcano soon to burst, Wuhan virus crosses more borders

The incoming eruption of Taal Volcano means avoid all non-essential travel to the Philippines, while protests continue worldwide and the Wuhan virus reaches Thailand.

Listen: Talking Taiwan’s presidential election on podcast launch
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Listen: Talking Taiwan’s presidential election on podcast launch

Taiwan’s election outcome and its subsequent effects on its relationship with Hong Kong and China are the subject of the first episode of Spyglass, a…

Hong Kong, China, and the Taiwan elections: An electoral civil war
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Hong Kong, China, and the Taiwan elections: An electoral civil war

An analysis of the presidential election in Taiwan, and how Hong Kong is and will be affected by the race and its outcome. Photo: Lotus…

Shipping Out: Week in Review – Disease strikes Hong Kong, Australia burns, US-Iran tensions
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Shipping Out: Week in Review – Disease strikes Hong Kong, Australia burns, US-Iran tensions

Your favourite travel advisory is now available for listening in its new podcast form! This week, beware of global tensions due to US-Iran conflict, unknown…

Shipping Out: Week in Review – SARS scare over unknown illness
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Shipping Out: Week in Review – SARS scare over unknown illness

New Year’s Week travel tips, a potential SARS outbreak, and more from SafePro’s weekly travel advisory.

Shipping Out: Week in Review – Betting on a trip to Macao
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Shipping Out: Week in Review – Betting on a trip to Macao

This week’s travel advisory warns readers of heightened security measures for those entering Macao and urges travellers to reschedule plans to visit India in light…

Shipping Out: Week in Review – proceed with caution as protests continue
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Shipping Out: Week in Review – proceed with caution as protests continue

In this week’s travel advisory: protests continue all over the world, while a volcanic eruption in New Zealand’s volcanic has resulted in multiple deaths and…

Shipping Out: Week in Review – Non-Essential Travel OK to HK
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Shipping Out: Week in Review – Non-Essential Travel OK to HK

In this week’s travel advisory: non-essential travel to Hong Kong is now OK, the SEA Games, and climate change protests.