German Reunification @30: The Indo-Pacific Strategy
Diplomat

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
Diplomat

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
Diplomat

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”
Diplomat

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…

Jumbo Kingdom: The mission to save a sunken icon
HT Series

Jumbo Kingdom: The mission to save a sunken icon

When it comes to the future of floating restaurant Jumbo Kingdom, perhaps the answer to saving the iconic landmark lies in the story of an…

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

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…

Hong Kong governmental branches swayed by new orders established by the national security law: the National Security Law explained, Part III
HK-China Relations

Hong Kong governmental branches swayed by new orders established by the national security law: the National Security Law explained, Part III

Beijing’s national security law is game-changing for the Hong Kong executive body, judicial body, and the Police Force as specialised departments and new rules emerge….

Beijing’s special agency to handle security law’s enforcement and jurisdiction: Hong Kong’s National Security Law explained, Part II
HK-China Relations

Beijing’s special agency to handle security law’s enforcement and jurisdiction: Hong Kong’s National Security Law explained, Part II

The powerful Office for Safeguarding National Security can initiate investigations on national security offenses and request China’s judiciary to rule directly, completely circumventing Hong Kong’s…

Wide-reaching offences and life in prison: Hong Kong’s National Security Law explained
HK-China Relations

Wide-reaching offences and life in prison: Hong Kong’s National Security Law explained

The controversial national security law in Hong Kong bears examination, beginning with the law’s offences and punishments. Parts two and three of this series are…

A kingdom in jeopardy: Southern District Council’s quest to preserve Aberdeen’s famed floating restaurant
HT Series

A kingdom in jeopardy: Southern District Council’s quest to preserve Aberdeen’s famed floating restaurant

Part one of this Harbour Times exclusive series explores the unclear future of iconic floating restaurant Jumbo Kingdom, and the downfalls of Hong Kong’s policy…

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

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’
Consul Generals

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)
Diplomacy in the time of COVID-19

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
Diplomacy in the time of COVID-19

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.

Making Ocean Park more than a “collective memory”: an interview with returning Board Member, Loretta Fong
Appointments

Making Ocean Park more than a “collective memory”: an interview with returning Board Member, Loretta Fong

Get to know Ms Loretta Fong, who was re-appointed for her third term as a Board Member of Ocean Park. She reflects on the Park’s…

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

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.

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

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
Diplomat

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…

Reduce, reuse, reform: Hong Kong experts’ environmental policy picks this year
Energy & Environment

Reduce, reuse, reform: Hong Kong experts’ environmental policy picks this year

Experts in Hong Kong share their thoughts on sustainability efforts the government should prioritise in 2020. Photo: Matthias Süßen (matthias-suessen.de)Licence: license CC BY-SA via Wikimedia Commons

Time to invest in the Hong Kong harbour
HT Series

Time to invest in the Hong Kong harbour

There is no time to waste on investing in a greener and cleaner harbour, says Richard Wesley, Museum Director of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum.

Amendment bill to ban heated tobacco products may go up in smoke
Health

Amendment bill to ban heated tobacco products may go up in smoke

Podcast: Heated tobacco products may offer a less harmful alternative to traditional cigarettes, but Hong Kong isn’t ready to embrace them just yet. Podcast host…

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

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
Diplomat

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.

Art as resistance at Hong Kong’s anti-government protests: photo essay, part 2
HT Series

Art as resistance at Hong Kong’s anti-government protests: photo essay, part 2

Part 2 of this photo series. Non-violent but not always legal, creative resistance in its diverse forms have become a staple of Hong Kong’s anti-government…

Vaping, Winnie the Pooh, and housing woes: HT’s top articles of 2019
HT Series

Vaping, Winnie the Pooh, and housing woes: HT’s top articles of 2019

A compilation of Harbour Times’ most popular articles in 2019.

Art as resistance at Hong Kong’s anti-government protests: photo essay
HT Series

Art as resistance at Hong Kong’s anti-government protests: photo essay

Non-violent but not always legal, creative resistance in its diverse forms have become a staple of Hong Kong’s anti-government protests in 2019.

Blood, sweat, and blue spray: HT’s top shots of 2019
HT Series

Blood, sweat, and blue spray: HT’s top shots of 2019

In this photo essay, Harbour Times showcases the work of its photojournalists who braved tear gas and pepper spray on Hong Kong’s streets, bringing its…

Can Hong Kong become Asia’s hub for medical cannabis and hemp?: Part III
Health

Can Hong Kong become Asia’s hub for medical cannabis and hemp?: Part III

The last part of the Cannabis Fund series discusses investment routes and publicity before wrapping up on the topic.

Can Hong Kong become Asia’s hub for medical cannabis and hemp?: Part II
Health

Can Hong Kong become Asia’s hub for medical cannabis and hemp?: Part II

Part II of the Cannabis Fund series covers quality control, security concerns, and opening up Hong Kong to new ventures in the cannabis and hemp…