The partner of a controversial Hong Kong tycoon with close links to the Royal Family is helping rich Asians gain residency in Britain, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. Dr Johnny Hon's links to the Duchess of York, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips have come under scrutiny after it emerged the businessman paid hundreds of thousands of pounds for their services. Now we can reveal that Dr Hon's partner Vicky Xu owns and runs a company that helps foreigners arrange 'golden visas' to the UK. Her firm, Areteos, boasts that it can help fix meetings with 'members of the British aristocracy', 'dignitaries' and 'high-profile politicians' and get clients' children into top schools around the world. Close links: The Queen's grandson Peter Phillips, left, and his wife Autumn, second left, with Hong Kong tycoon Johnny Hon, far right, and partner Vicky Xu at Royal Ascot last June For an undisclosed fee, the firm obtains for its clients tier 1 investor visas, or 'golden visas'. Holders … [Read more...] about Revealed: Partner of controversial Hong Kong tycoon who acts as a Royal fixer offers British ‘golden visas’ for £2million
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WELLINGTON: A strange development took place this week regarding cross-strait relations. On Tuesday (May 18), the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region announced that its representative office in Taiwan, the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office in Taiwan (HKETCO), will suspend operations effective immediately. The HKETCO had a good 10-year run. Established in December 2011, the HKETCO is responsible for the economic, trade and cultural relations between Hong Kong and Taiwan. Hong Kong has over 20 such offices across China and in other parts of the world, including Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. READ: Commentary: Why is former Chinese premier Wen Jiabao’s eulogy about his mother being censored? HONG KONG’S OFFICE IN TAIWAN HAS BEEN WINDING DOWN FOR YEARS Yet the news that Hong Kong has suspended operations of its Taiwan office is but a formality. The HKETCO has been winding down operations since … [Read more...] about Commentary: Did Hong Kong just sever ties with Taiwan?
HONG KONG: Since the Hong Kong government invoked an emergency law and banned face masks in early October, violence has risen to unprecedented levels. Although the law was intended to deter masked violence and assist the police in law enforcement, Hong Kong has seen rougher days in recent weeks, with suspected bombs discovered, and fires and pitched battles enveloping parts of the city. Hong Kong’s economy has also experienced a slump as it enters a recession. READ: Commentary: Is there a way forward in Hong Kong? Surely, the government should have anticipated that the anti-mask law could be perceived as hard-handed and would generate a backlash, compared to other softer means like a dialogue. But the protesters must also ask themselves: Is this increased use of violence by radical protesters going to help the movement achieve its cause? PROTESTERS STILL ENJOY STRONG SUPPORT The answer is that it is unlikely. But it is puzzling how the protesters have … [Read more...] about Commentary: Has the use of violence in Hong Kong’s protests backfired?
TAIPEI: The Taiwan arm of Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai's Apple Daily is to stop publishing its print version, the newspaper said on Friday (May 14), blaming declining advertising revenue and more difficult business conditions in Hong Kong linked to politics. The Taiwan Apple Daily was set up in 2003 as a sister paper to the original Hong Kong edition, and is known for its colourful and sometimes racy coverage of everything from politics to celebrity scandal. But in an open letter to readers published on its website, the Taipei-based paper blamed the "monopoly" of digital platforms for advertising revenue for what it described as large losses for a key source of income, as well as the situation in Hong Kong. "The Taiwan Apple Daily was not defeated on the front line of journalism," it said. "We were defeated at another battle: defeated by the monopoly of advertising resources and the worsening situation in Hong Kong, which made us unable to support the long-term losses," … [Read more...] about Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai’s Taiwan paper to stop print edition
A package of crocodile meat from Thailand sold in a Hong Kong supermarket tested positive for the Chinese coronavirus recently, Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) reported Wednesday. Hong Kong health authorities confirmed the meat’s packaging tested positive for the Chinese coronavirus on June 15. City officials clarified that the positive sample was taken from the surface of the packaging material surrounding the meat, noting the meat itself had not tested positive for the disease. The package contained “frozen crocodile spare ribs from Thailand,” according to RTHK. A 17-year-old girl purchased the meat package from the Hong Kong-based supermarket HK Jebn, local news outlet Coconuts Hong Kong reported on June 16. The teenage girl tested positive for the Chinese coronavirus this month, prompting city health officials to search her home as part of an extensive investigation into how she contracted the disease, according to Coconuts Hong Kong. “[A]mong the environmental samples … [Read more...] about Crocodile Meat Packaging Tests Positive for Coronavirus in Hong Kong