Civil servants get off work in Admiralty. Civil servant dismissals reached 60 in the 2022-23 financial year. Photo: Xiaomei Chen

Number of sacked Hong Kong civil servants triples in 6 years

Number of dismissals rose from 21 in 2017-18 financial year to 52 in 2021-22, before reaching 60 in 2022-23.

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Hong Kong’s ‘two systems’ principle to be kept in long run: top Beijing official

Hong Kong’s proposed domestic security law also discussed in meeting between Beijing’s point man for local affairs Xia Baolong and business lobbies.

Hong Kong’s proposed domestic security law also discussed in meeting between Beijing’s point man for local affairs Xia Baolong and business lobbies.

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Top Beijing official calls on Hong Kong to cement status as international city

Xia Baolong, director of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, meets Bar Association and Law Society members to discuss coming national security bill, says city should further solidify its international status and attract more foreign investment.

Xia Baolong, director of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, meets Bar Association and Law Society members to discuss coming national security bill, says city should further solidify its international status and attract more foreign investment.

25 Feb 2024 - 11:22PM

Top Beijing official ‘will meet leaders of foreign business chambers in Hong Kong’

Analysts say meeting underscores Xia’s mission to voice backing for the city while listening to economic concerns.

Analysts say meeting underscores Xia’s mission to voice backing for the city while listening to economic concerns.

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‘Hong Kong’s new broadly worded national security offences could stifle press’

Hong Kong Journalists Association calls for incorporation of public interest defence into home-grown national security legislation.

Hong Kong Journalists Association calls for incorporation of public interest defence into home-grown national security legislation.

25 Feb 2024 - 12:41PM

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Xia Baolong, director of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, has economic focus for seven-day visit and will report back on city’s pulse after gauging public feedback.

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Xia Baolong (centre), director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, and city leader John Lee (right) head to a restaurant in Tseung Kwan O for breakfast. Photo: Yik Yeung-man

Xia urges Hong Kong district councillors to act as bridge for public, officials

Xia Baolong, director of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, also joined city leader John Lee for dim sum breakfast to discuss municipal-level administration.

24 Feb 2024 - 11:51PM

‘Geopolitical tensions helped spur Nong Rong’s move to Hong Kong affairs agency’

Veteran China watchers also say former diplomat’s move to Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office may be used to cultivate ties with Middle East, Central Asian countries.

Veteran China watchers also say former diplomat’s move to Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office may be used to cultivate ties with Middle East, Central Asian countries.

24 Feb 2024 - 4:19PM

Police to set up CCTV cameras in Mong Kok first with more across Hong Kong later

Police are planning to install surveillance cameras in high-crime public areas across city’s 18 districts to ensure public security.

Police are planning to install surveillance cameras in high-crime public areas across city’s 18 districts to ensure public security.

23 Feb 2024 - 9:52PM

Top Beijing official urges business leaders, tycoons to keep faith with Hong Kong

City leader John Lee also says authorities had ‘very good exchanges of opinions’ with Beijing’s top man for Hong Kong affairs, who is visiting as part of fact-finding mission.

City leader John Lee also says authorities had ‘very good exchanges of opinions’ with Beijing’s top man for Hong Kong affairs, who is visiting as part of fact-finding mission.

24 Feb 2024 - 2:39AM

Explainer | Who is Xia Baolong and what is his fact-finding visit to Hong Kong about?

The Post dives into what you need to know about Beijing’s top official overseeing Hong Kong affairs and what his latest visit means for the city.

The Post dives into what you need to know about Beijing’s top official overseeing Hong Kong affairs and what his latest visit means for the city.

22 Feb 2024 - 10:57PM

Beijing’s top official on Hong Kong on mission to plan ‘new stage of development’

Xia Baolong, director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, says his visit is to understand city’s economic development, governance and other conditions.

Xia Baolong, director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, says his visit is to understand city’s economic development, governance and other conditions.

22 Feb 2024 - 10:48PM

Hong Kong’s top 2 parties clash over DAB veteran’s views on national security

War of words breaks out between Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong and Federation of Trade Unions lawmakers over national security law.

War of words breaks out between Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong and Federation of Trade Unions lawmakers over national security law.

21 Feb 2024 - 11:58PM

Review of Hong Kong cash support for big sports events to be completed this year

Review of the ‘M’ Mark system, set up to back big events, was ordered in wake of row after football star Lionel Messi no-show in city friendly match.

Review of the ‘M’ Mark system, set up to back big events, was ordered in wake of row after football star Lionel Messi no-show in city friendly match.

21 Feb 2024 - 9:58PM

More ‘smears’ by ‘external forces’ expected over Hong Kong security law: Chris Tang

Security minister acknowledges residents’ concerns in consultation over proposed offences of acts with seditious intention, theft of state secrets and foreign interference.

Security minister acknowledges residents’ concerns in consultation over proposed offences of acts with seditious intention, theft of state secrets and foreign interference.

21 Feb 2024 - 9:23PM

Top Beijing official expected to meet tycoons, professional bodies in Hong Kong

Xia Baolong’s fact-finding visit comes at crucial time given concerns over economy and proposed national security law, tycoon and political observers say.

Xia Baolong’s fact-finding visit comes at crucial time given concerns over economy and proposed national security law, tycoon and political observers say.

20 Feb 2024 - 9:00PM

Most opinions in Hong Kong consultation support Article 23 security law: John Lee

Chief Executive John Lee also says his administration will report full results of one-month consultation exercise to legislature in due course.

Chief Executive John Lee also says his administration will report full results of one-month consultation exercise to legislature in due course.

20 Feb 2024 - 9:55PM

exclusive | Head of Beijing office overseeing Hong Kong affairs to make fact-finding visit

Xia Baolong, who leads Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, to meet city leader John Lee, top officials, business sector representatives and young people to gather feedback on number of issues, sources say.

Xia Baolong, who leads Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, to meet city leader John Lee, top officials, business sector representatives and young people to gather feedback on number of issues, sources say.

20 Feb 2024 - 8:03AM

Hong Kong security chief slams US claims national security law would target media

Washington-funded Radio Free Asia claims that national security law would target media dismissed by Secretary for Security Chris Tang.

Washington-funded Radio Free Asia claims that national security law would target media dismissed by Secretary for Security Chris Tang.

20 Feb 2024 - 12:14AM

Hong Kong asks mainland China to encourage listings on city stock exchange

DAB says more stock exchange listings from mainland would boost city’s standing as major financial centre and increase global profile of Chinese companies

DAB says more stock exchange listings from mainland would boost city’s standing as major financial centre and increase global profile of Chinese companies

19 Feb 2024 - 10:34PM

Conflicting account from Tatler Asia over Messi no-show in Hong Kong

Tatler Asia chairman Michel Lamuniere tells media outlet he only discovered Messi would not play ‘15 minutes before’ the game started, after earlier saying he was only informed the star would not take to the field late in second half of match.

Tatler Asia chairman Michel Lamuniere tells media outlet he only discovered Messi would not play ‘15 minutes before’ the game started, after earlier saying he was only informed the star would not take to the field late in second half of match.

16 Feb 2024 - 9:56PM