Latest Hong Kong News

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2020, file photo trader Gregory Rowe works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 17 (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Tech, communications stocks push US indexes to more records

Jan. 17, 2020 5:05 PM EST

Wall Street capped a milestone-setting week Friday with a few more as modest gains nudged the major stock indexes to all-time highs. The benchmark S&P 500 index also notched its second-straight weekly gain. Technology stocks powered much of the market's broad gains, along with communication services companies...

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2020, file photo specialist Meric Greenbaum, center, works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 16. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Global stocks inspired by US rally, hopes for Chinese growth

Jan. 17, 2020 7:54 AM EST

Global stocks rose Friday, seemingly buoyed by high spirits on Wall Street, as new data suggested China's economic slowdown may have stabilized and Washington and Beijing signed a trade deal. European indexes were broadly higher, while markets in Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong closed with gains, after the U.S.'s...

FILE - In this March 26, 2019, file photo, passengers wait at the check-in counter of Hong Kong Express Airways at the Hong Kong International Airport. The airline Hong Kong Express has apologized Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 for having required some female passengers bound for the U.S. territory of Saipan to take pregnancy tests. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

Hong Kong airline stops pregnancy tests for Saipan travelers

Jan. 17, 2020 4:54 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The airline Hong Kong Express has apologized for having required some female passengers bound for the U.S. territory of Saipan to take pregnancy tests. The low-cost carrier said in a statement Friday that it began requiring such tests in February 2019, after concerns were raised by Saipan...

Investors monitor stock prices near Chinese New Year decorations hung up at a brokerage in Beijing Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Share prices are mixed in moderate trading in Asia after the U.S. and China signed a preliminary trade agreement that investors hope will bring better relations between the two biggest economies. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

World shares subdued after signing of China-US trade pact

Jan. 16, 2020 7:44 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Global markets were subdued Thursday after the signing of a preliminary China-U.S. trade agreement that investors hope will bring better relations between the world's two biggest economies. After Asian markets largely closed higher, Germany's DAX was down 0.1% to 13,418. The CAC 40 in Paris...

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a question and answer session at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong leader says special status can endure beyond 2047

Jan. 16, 2020 5:34 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam said Thursday that the ''one country, two systems'' framework under which the city enjoys freedoms unknown in China could continue after a 2047 deadline if loyalty to Beijing is upheld. Lam’s comments at the Legislative Council appeared to be an...

Investors monitor stock prices at a brokerage in Beijing Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Share prices are mixed in moderate trading in Asia after the U.S. and China signed a preliminary trade agreement that investors hope will bring better relations between the two biggest economies. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Asian shares mixed after signing of China-US trade pact

Jan. 15, 2020 11:42 PM EST

Share prices were mixed Thursday in moderate trading in Asia after the U.S. and China signed a preliminary trade agreement that investors hope will bring better relations between the two biggest economies. Japan's Nikkei 225 was flat Thursday at 23,925.70, while the Kospi in South Korea added 0.2% to 2,236.01....

Hong Kong leader says 'one country, two systems' could continue after 2047 deadline if loyalty to Beijing upheld

Jan. 15, 2020 10:46 PM EST
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader says 'one country, two systems' could continue after 2047 deadline if loyalty to Beijing upheld.
A currency trader talks on the phone at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Asian shares have retreated as conflicting reports raised concerns over the likely outcome of a trade deal to be signed by the U.S. and China. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

World shares slip on jitters over China-US trade deal

Jan. 15, 2020 7:57 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — World shares were mostly lower on Wednesday as conflicting reports raised concerns over the likely outcome of a trade deal to be signed by the U.S. and China. Britain's FTSE 100 edged 0.1% higher to 7,632, while the CAC 40 in Paris was down 0.2% at 6,028. In Germany, the DAX lost 0.2% to...

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2019, file photo, protesters surround banners that read:

Protests take toll on Hong Kong tourism

Jan. 15, 2020 6:55 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Visitor numbers to Hong Kong fell by nearly 40% in the second half of last year amid clashes between police and anti-government protesters. The Hong Kong Tourism Board said Wednesday that the numbers of those visiting the Asian financial hub started to drop off in July as protests against...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo, a man walks past a display of photos from Xinjiang during a forum on human rights in Beijing. China has blasted a report from Human Rights Watch that accused it of constructing a surveillance state at home while seeking to silence critics abroad. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

China blasts human rights report, praises current situation

Jan. 15, 2020 6:23 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China has blasted a report from Human Rights Watch that accused it of constructing a surveillance state at home while seeking to silence critics abroad. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang on Wednesday said he had not read the report but that such documents routinely “turned a...