Photos: I sailed on a cargo ship from Malaysia to Hong Kong

A voyage aboard a cargo ship can be the adventure of a lifetime. A number of shipping companies now offer passenger berths, and a number of specialized travel agencies can arrange trips aboard cargo ships. Some cargo ships, like the CMA CGM Amerigo Vespucci that I traveled on, are far more luxurious than some people might assume, with rooms on par with cruise ships or hotels and amenities including a library, gym, and gourmet meals served by a French-trained chef. Booking through a company called Freighter Travel, I sailed aboard…

Warm spell set to end as forecasters predict cold weather will return to Hong Kong this weekend

Hong Kong’s warm and sunny Christmas holidays are coming to an end, with the temperature forecast to drop to 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit) on Friday, with rain also expected this weekend. The city experienced some relatively cooler days earlier this month, with the temperature dropping to 14.7 degrees in the city centre on December 9. Since then, the weather has been warmer, with the temperature reaching nearly 24 degrees at noon on Thursday. But, Hong Kong Observatory said a cold front over inland Guangdong had been moving southwards,…

South China Sea live-fire drill for PLA’s Hong Kong garrison

China’s state broadcaster released a video on Christmas Eve of Hong Kong’s PLA garrison conducting live-fire sea drills in the South China Sea. While key details of the events were not included, the video released on the social media account of China’s Central Television military channel, said the drills were conducted “in recent days” without specifying an exact time, or location, or the craft involved. The PLA warship Qinzhou, a type 056 corvette, which has been used in previous Hong Kong garrison naval drills, featured in the video. In 2018,…

Hong Kong: UK religious leaders demand sanctions as riot police smash ‘silent night’ demo | World | News

As police used teargas to disperse protesters senior religious leaders in the UK sent their letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab arguing that the UK had failed the “legal, historical and moral duty” of the Sino–British Joint Declaration which they signed in 1984, a treaty that was subsequently legally ratified in both London and Beijing and internationally. The religious leaders went on to pressure the Government into “expanding the rights of British National Overseas passport holders, offering safe refuge in the UK to Hongkongers”. The…

China news: Taiwan vows to join Hong Kong in battle against Beijing | World | News

Meanwhile Chiu Chui-Cheng, another senior Government official, said help would be offered where it was deemed appropriate. Wu said he had no wish to intervene in Hong Kong’s internal affairs – but said police had desponded with “disproportionate force” to the democracy demonstrations. He warned any intervention by mainland Chinese forces would amount to a “new level of violence” which would force Taiwan to adjust its stance. He explained: “When that happens, Taiwan is going to work with the international community to provide necessary assistance to those who are displaced…

China‘s Response to US Hong Kong Democracy Act Shows Deep Insecurities – The Diplomat

The Debate Chipping away at Hong Kong’s status in retaliation will only vindicate the U.S. move. Advertisement It was the 10-tonne truck that China had to have seen coming. The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, signed into law by U.S. President Donald Trump last week, represents a powerful demonstration of political will by U.S. lawmakers and the White House to hold Beijing to account for the erosion of the special administration region’s status under the “one country, two systems” framework. With unanimous passage in the House of Representatives…

China’s Ban on U.S. Navy Port Visits to Hong Kong Doesn’t Actually Matter

No sailor forgets walking through the steamy streets of Tsim Sha Tsui, or crossing Victoria Harbor at night as The Peak looms over the sparkling Hong Kong skyline. It seems, however, that for American sailors, that experience is a thing of the past. The U.S. military can no longer visit Hong Kong, following a recent announcement from China’s Foreign Ministry indefinitely suspending U.S. ship and aircraft visits to the city. While the announcement was delivered to sound as if this is a new and punitive development in response to the…