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Fruitful Visit NHKBA Chairman to Hong Kong, Meets CE.

Hans Poulis, Chairman of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association (NHKBA) and Vice Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide (HKFBAW), returned to the Netherlands after a fruitful and informative visit to the annual Hong Kong Forum, organised by the HKFBAW. A highlight of Hans Poulis’ visit was a board meeting of the Federation with the SAR’s Chief Executive Mrs. Carrie Lam. In an open discussion, Mrs. Lam explained the position of the Hong Kong Government regarding the protests that have been going on for 6 months. On behalf of the European Federation Hans Poulis expressed his concern. He hopes that they will find a peaceful solution to end all demonstrations soon.

 

In the photo left to right: Mr. Hans Poulis, Vice Chairman FHKBAW, Mr Dennis Chiu, Chairman HKFBAW, Mrs. Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR, Ms. Alexandria Sham, Honorary Treasurer HKFBAW and Mr. Michael Chiu, Honorary Secretary of the HKFBAW, during their meeting in Hong Kong on Wednesday 4th December 2019.

NHKBA Wins Best Initiative Award at HK Forum for 3rd Time

For the third time in a row, the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association received the Best Initiative Award for the region Europe at the Hong Kong Forum of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide. Chairman Hans Poulis received the award at the Hong Kong Forum on 4 December. The winning initiative was an event in three parts (seminar, reception and dinner) organised on 2 July 2019 in Rotterdam. Close to 200 guests joined the event, which focussed on China’s Greater Bay Area.

In the photo: William Chui, Regional Director Europe HKTDC, NHKBA Chairman Hans Poulis, Laszlo Bakonyi, Awards Committee Member Federation of HK Business Associations Worldwide, Muriel Morrees, General Manager of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and George Ammerlaan, Manager Secretariat NHKBA.

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New in 2019:

Young Executive Programme

“Embracing Innovations and Technologies: A game-changing philosophy”

4 December 2019 (Wednesday), N106-108, HKCEC


“People find change uncomfortable, and many aren’t willing to change until it’s too late. For entrepreneurs, innovators, and all-around game-changers, though, successful disruption is the ultimate goal. If you want to disrupt your industry or the competition, however, you will likely have to disrupt your own business first.” – Robert Glazer

Young innovators will share their ideas and insights on how businesses could embrace innovations and technologies, and stay competitive in the digital era. Get to know how young minds and talents are creating new business models, improving operational efficiency, and fostering more business opportunities.

Confirmed Speakers:

  1. Andy Lam, Founder and CEO, A&A Limited
  2. Fiona Lau, Co-founder and COO, Starling Labs Limited – SHOPLINE

Other speakers to be confirmed.

Rundown:

10:00am – 10:05am Programme starts and guests to be seated
10:05am – 11:05am Panel Discussion
11:05am – 11:15am Q&A session
11:15am – 12:15pm Networking Session
12:15pm Programme Ends

Special offer to young executives (under 35):

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deadline for registration is: 18 October.

BlueMeg presented with Hong Kong Shooting Star during NHKBA Dongzhi Event 2019

Paul du Long, CTO of the Dutch-linked Start-up BlueMeg from Hong Kong, received the 2019 Hong Kong Shooting Star Award at the annual Dongzhi Event of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association at Kasteel de Wittenburg in Wassenaar on Thursday 21 November.

The award was presented on behalf of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in HK by  Mrs Annemieke Ruigrok, Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions

During the event special guest Mrs Ruigrok also shared her observations and views about the current situation and developments in Hong Kong.

Other speakers at the well attended event (75 guests) were

– Mr. Hans Poulis, Chairman of the NHKBA;

– Ms. Fiona Chau, Deputy Representative of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels;

– Mr. William Chui, Director Europe of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council;

– Mr. Bart Jan Koopman, Director Evo-Fenedex; and

– Mr. Paul du Long, CTO of BlueMeg.

The seminar part was concluded with a lively question and answer session.

During the reception, guests were treated to Oysters from Zeeland and they had the chance to win a real diamond that was hidden in one of the glasses of bubbly wine that were served as part of the “Gassan Diamond Surprise“.

Chatham House Rules applied during this event.

Participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed,

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Past Event: Dongzhi Event 2019

Paul du Long, CTO of the Dutch-linked Start-up BlueMeg from Hong Kong, received the 2019 Hong Kong Shooting Star Award at the annual Dongzhi Event of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association at Kasteel de Wittenburg in Wassenaar on Thursday 21 November.

The award was presented on behalf of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in HK by  Mrs Annemieke Ruigrok, Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions

During the event special guest Mrs Ruigrok also shared her observations and views about the current situation and developments in Hong Kong.

Other speakers at the well attended event (75 guests) were:

– Mr. Hans Poulis, Chairman of the NHKBA

– Ms. Fiona Chau, Deputy Representative of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels

– Mr. William Chui, Regional Director Europe of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council

– Mr. Bart Jan Koopman, Director Evo-Fenedex

– Mr. Paul du Long, CTO of BlueMeg

The seminar part was concluded with a lively question and answer session.

During the reception, guests were treated to Oysters from Zeeland and they had the chance to win a real diamond that was hidden in one of the glasses of bubbly wine that were served as part of the “Gassan Diamond Surprise”.

Chatham House Rules applied during this event.

Participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed,

You can have a look at the photo gallery by clicking on the button below .

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Hong Kong Situation Update by Teneo, 12 November

Overview – Tuesday, 12 November:

  • Tear gas fired again in Central, with incidents breaking out across HK
    · Chief Executive Carrie Lam calls protestors “enemies of the people”
    · Commentary on HK by US government, politicians and ex-officials continues

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HK Protests & Related Developments

Tear gas was again fired in Central today (link). Police also entered the Chinese University of HK campus after a stand-off with protestors (link). Significant travel disruptions continue across the transport network. (link)

State media in China today said that a return to peace is a prerequisite for the District Council elections to take place. (link)

At a press conference this morning, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the government did not want to postpone November’s District Council elections. Yesterday evening, she commented that the general strike is destructive and suggested radical protestors are “enemies of the people”. (link – Chinese)

HK Police are investigating the incident in which a man was set on fire yesterday as attempted murder. (link)

An annual K-pop festival has cancelled its HK event this year due to protests, Reuters reports (link). The city has hosted the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) since 2012.

Regional & Global Political Affairs

The US State Department issued a statement on HK, which “repeats President Trump’s call for a humane resolution to the protests” and noted the city’s autonomy and protection of civil liberties are “key to preserving its special status under U.S. law”. (Link)

Senators Rubio, Hawley and Scott have all also commented on the escalation in protests among other US politicians.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice suggested China’s treatment of the NBA recently should constitute a “violation of American sovereignty” when speaking with media at an event in UAE. (link)

Business & Industry Developments

Inland Revenue Department statistics showed a significant increase in Buyer’s Stamp Duty in October from recent months. Buyer’s Stamp Duty is applied to purchases of property in HK by non-permanent residents. (link)

DBS Bank reported a 14% year-on-year increase in profitability from its HK business (link). Standard Chartered CEO Bill Withers also said that HK remains an attractive place to do business. (link)

Investors at a Reuters summit highlighted their concerns over the market impact of protests in HK. (link)

Additional Articles & Themes of Interest

The Straits Times: East Asia Watch: Beijing and Hong Kong – a political tug-of-war (subscription)
The district council elections in Hong Kong later this month are in danger of being scuttled as unrest in the city escalates…even before this, the pro-establishment camp had questioned whether the elections would be fair…This is as the pro-establishment camp, which currently holds sway over the district councils, is seen to be headed for defeat, leading to speculation that it might be seeking postponement or cancellation of the polls to avoid a drubbing…Voter interest is at an all-time high and, for the first time, all seats are being contested. In some ways, the elections can be viewed as a bellwether of Hong Kongers’ views on Beijing and democracy.

The New York Times: Behind Hong Kong’s Protesters, an Army of Volunteer Pastors, Doctors and Artists
Hong Kong’s protests have been notable for their longevity, and for the huge throngs willing to defy the authorities…Behind the scenes, this largely leaderless movement has been sustained by a vast network of ordinary people who hand out bottled water and red bean soup at marches, drive home stranded protesters late at night and donate the gas masks that fortify demonstrators during their pitched battles with police. Graphic artists create the eye-catching protest posters across the city. Psychologists provide free counselling to the emotionally distressed. And emergency room doctors, working in clandestine clinics, set shattered bones.

EJInsight: Five things govt can do to restore hope among the youth
Hong Kong’s young people…who have been at the forefront of the street demonstrations are engulfed in feelings of anxiety, anger and frustration…When violence becomes the new norm…the only consequence is that our core values…will get…distorted to such an extent that the youth may no longer distinguish between right and wrong… In my opinion, there are five urgent tasks lying before the administration in this regard…[1] the chief executive must overhaul her governing team and reformulate her governance strategies…[2] enhance civic education in our existing school curriculum…[3] schools in the city must bear the responsibility of upholding professionalism among teachers and maintaining order on the campuses…[4] the government must…listen to the views of the young people …and incorporate their opinions as well as suggestions into the policymaking process…[and 5] address the issue of blocked social mobility.

Note: The views presented in this email are those of the authors and are included for informational purposes only. Teneo does not endorse any of the material or views shared.

Potential Significant Protests

*NOTE: The below includes an overview of potential upcoming events, many of which are subject to change as developments unfold. This is provided only as an FYI of potential impact on travel or logistics arrangements in Hong Kong

Date & Time Event & Potential Size Location &
Affected Areas
Additional Details
Daily Wear a Mask Day · Hong Kong · Encouraging HK citizens to wear a mask under the anti-mask law
Wednesday,
13 November
Daybreak Movement · Hong Kong · Protestors to block traffic on roads and MTR stations.
· Anticipated lunchtime march in Central and possibly other business areas
Thursday,
21 November
7:00pm
Never Forget 7.21 Sit-In · Yuen Long MTR Station
· YOHO Mall
· To remind the public to seek the truth of the 7.21 Yuen Long Attack

Potential Additional Protest Events

Date & Time Event & Location Location &
Potential Size
Additional Details
Every Monday Secondary School Student Strike · Students · Rallies and strikes at schools
Monday,
11 November
08:00-21:00;
12 November
08:00-21:00;
13 November
07:00-21:00
40-hour Prayer Meeting · Edinburgh Place, Central · Organized by Rev. LAU Siu Hong Timothy, Rev. CHOW Wing Fu, and Rev. Paul CHAM
Every day in November Salute to Police Month · Hong Kong · Supported by DAB, Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions, and Junius Ho
· Calling for citizens to salute or bow to police officers. Ask the public to take photos/videos of those who do not follow and report to the organizer

Injunctions

Date of Grant Plaintiff Effective Date Injunction Orders
Thursday,
31 October
Secretary for Justice The interim injunction will remain in force up to and including Friday, 15 November 2019 at 10:30 am Link to the injunction order
Friday,
25 October
Department of Justice The interim injunction will remain in force up to and including Friday, 8 November 2019 at 10:30am Link to the injunction order
Friday,
23 August
Airport Authority This Order will remain in force until trial or further order Link to the injunction order
Friday,
23 August
MTR Corporation Limited This Order will remain in force indefinitely unless it is varied or discharged by a further Order of the Court Link to the injunction order

HK Travel Advisories – November

Location Updated Key Advisory Notes
Hong Kong Airport Still current · Until further notice, only bona fide passengers with a valid air ticket or boarding pass for a flight in the next 24 hours and a valid travel document will be allowed to enter the terminal buildings.
· Passengers should arrive at least three hours before departure to allow sufficient time to pass through newly added control points.
· Other members of the public, including those who may want to accompany departure passengers or receiving arrival passengers at the airport, should not travel to the airport unless absolutely necessary.
Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Updated:
12 November
· Hong Kong (All the country): Level 1: Please be careful (new)
· Protests, some guerrilla-like, take place despite police disapproval. There is also a tendency for conflicts between protesters and police authorities to escalate.
· Protests are taking place in a wide range of Hong Kong, including airports and some tourist spots.
Australia Foreign Ministry Updated:
11 November

Still current

· Exercise a high degree of caution.
· Protests continue and are less predictable. There is an ongoing risk of violent confrontation. Protests may cause traffic disruptions and affect transport services, including to and from the international airport.
· ‘Flash mob’ demonstrations can take place with little or no warning, clashes between opposing groups and individuals have become less predictable and are expected to continue.
U. K Foreign Ministry Updated:
9 November

Still current

· While a number of peaceful activities have taken place, many other protests have led to clashes between police and protesters involving significant violence.
· Some Mass Transit Railway (MTR) metro stations have been closed – including in major tourist areas – due to damage caused by the protests. You should follow the MTR website for the latest updates before commencing your journey.
· The situation around protests and public gatherings can change quickly, with the potential for violence, especially during unauthorised protests.
· Protests can deviate from planned routes or rally locations and spill over into nearby public spaces, such as shopping centres, housing estates and public transport hubs.
· For important safety and security information surrounding protests, see Political situation
Singapore Foreign Ministry Updated:
8 November
· High degree of caution
· The violence intensified around the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on 1 October and further demonstrations are likely to take place in the coming days and weeks.
· Such demonstrations can close off large sections of the city and affect public transport. While Causeway Bay and Admiralty and surrounding districts have been the focal point of demonstrations, protests have occurred in many other areas of Hong Kong.
· Urge people to be extra vigilant and are strongly advised to avoid areas where protests and unplanned public gatherings are taking place and to follow the advice of the local authorities.
Ireland Foreign Ministry Updated:
8 November

Still current

· High degree of caution
· The violence intensified around the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on 1 October and further demonstrations are likely to take place in the coming days and weeks.
· Such demonstrations can close off large sections of the city and affect public transport. While Causeway Bay and Admiralty and surrounding districts have been the focal point of demonstrations, protests have occurred in many other areas of Hong Kong.
· Urge people to be extra vigilant and are strongly advised to avoid areas where protests and unplanned public gatherings are taking place and to follow the advice of the local authorities.
Germany’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Updated:
15 October

Still current

· Since the beginning of June 2019, large-scale demonstrations, unannounced protests and calls for strike have repeatedly led to disruption of public life, inner-city traffic, such as the closure of metro stations (MTR), as well as partial interruptions of air traffic at Hong Kong International Airport.
· Violent clashes between demonstrators and the police also take place during the protests, in part with the use of water throwing and tear gas. The protests are occasionally increasingly without prior notice in districts for which no demonstrations or rallies are allowed.
U.S Department of State- Bureau of Consular Affairs Updated:
7 October
· Hong Kong – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
· While protests are generally peaceful, they sometimes become violent and disrupt transportation across Hong Kong.
· The protests and confrontations have spilled over into neighbourhoods other than those where the police have permitted marches or rallies.
· U.S. citizens, as well as U.S. Consulate General employees, have been subject to a People’s Republic of China propaganda campaign falsely accusing the United States of fomenting unrest in Hong Kong.
Canada Foreign Ministry Updated:
2 October

Still current

· High degree of caution due to ongoing large-scale demonstrations.
· Although many protest sites are made public in advance, authorised and unauthorized demonstrations can take place with little or no notice. They can quickly spread to surrounding areas, including those frequented by tourists.
Consulate General of India Updated:
13 August
· Indian passengers are advised to be in touch with airlines to find alternative travel routes to avoid inconvenience, till normalcy is restored in airport operations.
· Indian passengers who are already in Hong Kong and waiting to depart are advised to be in touch with their respective airlines for information about likely timelines for resumption of their flights.

Upcoming Key Events

Date Event & Location Relevant Parties Potential Developments
Tuesday,
Weekly
HK Executive Council Meeting · Chief Executive Lam and all senior administrative officials · Chief Executive has held occasional press conferences prior to private ExCo meetings
· Has been a primary government channel on the protests to date
Sunday,
17 November
Xi and Trump’s APEC Meeting · Chinese President Xi
· US President Trump
· Trump said on 11 October the US and China have reached phase one of a trade deal, and that a finalized agreement could take three to five weeks
Sunday,
24 November
HK District Council Elections · Local political parties and groups · Pending announcement of the nomination period
· Young individuals with no political affiliation are seen setting up Facebook pages to promote visions
· Election Affairs Commission
Saturday,
11 January
Taiwan General Election · Presidential and local elections · HK and ‘One Country, Two Systems’, may become the defining issue of the election, alongside economy

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Hong Kong Situation Update by Teneo, 1 November

Overview – Friday, 1 November:

  • Communist Party reportedly agrees to improve process to appoint or remove the Chief Executive
    · High Court grants temporary injunction against online incitement of violence
    · Further rallies and protests planned for the weekend, despite police objections

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HK Protests & Related Developments

A Chinese government spokesperson today stated that the Communist Party’s 4th plenum agreed to “improve” the system by which the HK Chief Executive and other senior officials are appointed or removed. The spokesperson also said that patriotic education would be strengthened in HK. (link – Chinese & link)

The official concluding statement of the 4th plenum referenced the need to safeguard the stability of Hong Kong and Macau through a sound legal system and enforcement mechanism. (link – Chinese)

The HK High Court granted the government a temporary injunction against online dissemination of information likely to cause violence or property damage, naming the internet forum used by protestors, ‘LIHKG’, and the messaging app Telegram (link). The High Court rejected TVB’s application for an interim injunction against harassment of its employees and vandalism of its properties. (link)

The police maintained their official objection to a planned rally in Victoria Park this Saturday (link & link – Chinese). A group of District Council candidates have committed to organising another rally at the same location as part of their election campaign on the same day (link – Chinese). There will also be approved rallies at Edinburgh Square, Charter Garden and Tsim Sha Tsui on Saturday (link – Chinese).

A survey by the HK Public Opinion Research Institute asked respondents whether they supported using the HK Human Rights and Democracy Act, which remains draft legislation in the US Congress, to sanction the government official or officials responsible for disqualifying Joshua Wong. A total of 53.5% supported the proposition, with 29.8% against and 11.7% unsure. (link)

Regional & Global Political Affairs

Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has advised Singaporeans to defer non-essential travel to HK due to “increasingly unpredictable and violent protests.” (link)

The UK government published its six-monthly report on the implementation of the Sino-British Joint Declaration, covering January to June 2019. The report references the ongoing protests and calls for dialogue between all parties (link). The HK government issued a statement highlighting its commitment to the one country, two systems principle and noting that foreign governments should not interfere in the internal affairs of HK. (link)

Three US Senators have introduced the Hong Kong Be Water Act to the US legislative process. Among other provisions, the draft legislation aims to “combat Beijing’s steady erosion of Hongkongers’ basic liberties” through sanctions against HK and Chinese government officials. (link)

Business & Industry Developments

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the government is looking at special measures to support businesses affected by the protests who are struggling to get insurance coverage. (link)

Additional Articles & Themes of Interest

Reuters: Weapons of mass control, tactics of mass resistance
While the number of protests has dropped in recent weeks, the violence has intensified. Reuters scrutinized hundreds of images of the protests, as well as dozens of police reports and video footage, and combined this research with reporting on the ground to document the weapons used by the police and protesters, and how the violence has escalated from day to day.

The Atlantic: Meet the Spiritual Leader of the Hong Kong Protests
It is [Edward] Leung’s 2016 election slogan, “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times,” that rings out today, one of the several chants that are now mantras for those who have taken to the streets. The phrase (or similar translations of it) is printed on flags and banners and spray-painted on walls. Detained protesters have looked into TV cameras and mouthed the words as they are taken away by the police. A video game that pits protesters against police uses the slogan as a title. Leung’s supporters, some of whom speak about him in hagiographic terms, say he foresaw the direction that Hong Kong would take as Beijing sought to wield greater influence here.

Fox Business: Is Trump helping or hurting Hong Kong protesters? (video)
FOX Business’ David Asman, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), FoxNews.com columnist Liz Peek, River Twice Capital president Zachary Karabell and Capitalist Pig founder Jonathan Hoenig discuss the situation in Hong Kong.

Note: The views presented in this email are those of the authors and are included for informational purposes only. Teneo does not endorse any of the material or views shared.

Potential Significant Protests

*NOTE: The below includes an overview of potential upcoming events, many of which are subject to change as developments unfold. This is provided only as an FYI of potential impact on travel or logistics arrangements in Hong Kong

Date & Time Event & Potential Size Location &
Affected Areas
Additional Details
Daily Wear a Mask Day · Hong Kong · Encouraging HK citizens to wear a mask under the anti-mask law
Saturday,
2 November
3:00pm
“112 Emergency Call for HK Autonomy” Rally · Central lawn, Victoria Park, Causeway Bay
· Chater Garden, Central
· Edinburgh Place, Central
· Over nine cities around the world are said to support the campaign
· Gathering at the Victoria Park at 3pm and then moving to Central
· Making paper crane origami at Chater Garden at 5pm
· Rally for the Human Rights and Democracy Act at Edinburgh Place at 5pm
Saturday,
9 November
7:30-9:30pm
30th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall · Edinburgh Place, Central · Letter of No Objection pending approval
Thursday,
21 November
7:00pm
Never Forget 7.21 Sit-In · Yuen Long MTR Station
· YOHO Mall
· To remind the public to seek the truth of the 7.21 Yuen Long Attack

Potential Additional Protest Events

Date & Time Event & Location Location &
Potential Size
Additional Details
Every Monday Secondary School Student Strike · Students · Rallies and strikes at schools
Tuesday,
5 November
Face Mask Day · Hong Kong · In response to the anti-mask law being in force for a month
Every day in November Salute to Police Month · Hong Kong · Supported by DAB, Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions, and Junius Ho
· Calling for citizens to salute or bow to police officers
· Asking the public to take photos/videos of those who do not follow and report to the organizer

Injunctions

Date of Grant Plaintiff Effective Date Injunction Orders
Thursday,
31 October
Secretary for Justice The interim injunction will remain in force up to and including Friday, 15 November 2019 at 10:30 am Link to the injunction order
Friday,
25 October
Department of Justice The interim injunction will remain in force up to and including Friday, 8 November 2019 at 10:30am Link to the injunction order
Friday,
23 August
Airport Authority This Order will remain in force until trial or further order Link to the injunction order
Friday,
23 August
MTR Corporation Limited This Order will remain in force indefinitely unless it is varied or discharged by a further Order of the Court Link to the injunction order

HK Travel Advisories – November

Location Updated Key Advisory Notes
Hong Kong Airport Still current · Until further notice, only bona fide passengers with a valid air ticket or boarding pass for a flight in the next 24 hours and a valid travel document will be allowed to enter the terminal buildings.
· Passengers should arrive at least three hours before departure to allow sufficient time to pass through newly added control points.
· Other members of the public, including those who may want to accompany departure passengers or receiving arrival passengers at the airport, should not travel to the airport unless absolutely necessary.
U. K Foreign Ministry Updated:
1 November

Still current

· While a number of peaceful activities have taken place, many other protests have led to clashes between police and protesters involving significant violence.
· Some Mass Transit Railway (MTR) metro stations have been closed – including in major tourist areas – due to damage caused by the protests. You should follow the MTR website for the latest updates before commencing your journey.
· The situation around protests and public gatherings can change quickly, with the potential for violence, especially during unauthorised protests.
· Protests can deviate from planned routes or rally locations and spill over into nearby public spaces, such as shopping centres, housing estates and public transport hubs.
· For important safety and security information surrounding protests, see Political situation
Australia Foreign Ministry Updated:
1 November

Still current

· Exercise a high degree of caution.
· Protests continue and are less predictable. There is an ongoing risk of violent confrontation. Protests may cause traffic disruptions and affect transport services, including to and from the international airport.
· ‘Flash mob’ demonstrations can take place with little or no warning, clashes between opposing groups and individuals have become less predictable and are expected to continue.
Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Updated:
31 October

Still current

· Hong Kong (All the country): Level 1: Please be careful (new)
· Protests, some guerrilla-like, take place despite police disapproval. There is also a tendency for conflicts between protesters and police authorities to escalate.
· Protests are taking place in a wide range of Hong Kong, including airports and some tourist spots.
Singapore Foreign Ministry Updated:
30 October
· High degree of caution
· The violence intensified around the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on 1 October and further demonstrations are likely to take place in the coming days and weeks.
· Such demonstrations can close off large sections of the city and affect public transport. While Causeway Bay and Admiralty and surrounding districts have been the focal point of demonstrations, protests have occurred in many other areas of Hong Kong.
· Urge people to be extra vigilant and are strongly advised to avoid areas where protests and unplanned public gatherings are taking place and to follow the advice of the local authorities.
Ireland Foreign Ministry Updated:
29 October

Still current

· High degree of caution
· The violence intensified around the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on 1 October and further demonstrations are likely to take place in the coming days and weeks.
· Such demonstrations can close off large sections of the city and affect public transport. While Causeway Bay and Admiralty and surrounding districts have been the focal point of demonstrations, protests have occurred in many other areas of Hong Kong.
· Urge people to be extra vigilant and are strongly advised to avoid areas where protests and unplanned public gatherings are taking place and to follow the advice of the local authorities.
Germany’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Updated:
15 October

Still current

· Since the beginning of June 2019, large-scale demonstrations, unannounced protests and calls for strike have repeatedly led to disruption of public life, inner-city traffic, such as the closure of metro stations (MTR), as well as partial interruptions of air traffic at Hong Kong International Airport.
· Violent clashes between demonstrators and the police also take place during the protests, in part with the use of water throwing and tear gas. The protests are occasionally increasingly without prior notice in districts for which no demonstrations or rallies are allowed.
U.S Department of State- Bureau of Consular Affairs Updated:
7 October
· Hong Kong – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
· While protests are generally peaceful, they sometimes become violent and disrupt transportation across Hong Kong.
· The protests and confrontations have spilled over into neighbourhoods other than those where the police have permitted marches or rallies.
· U.S. citizens, as well as U.S. Consulate General employees, have been subject to a People’s Republic of China propaganda campaign falsely accusing the United States of fomenting unrest in Hong Kong.
Canada Foreign Ministry Updated:
2 October

Still current

· High degree of caution due to ongoing large-scale demonstrations.
· Although many protest sites are made public in advance, authorised and unauthorized demonstrations can take place with little or no notice. They can quickly spread to surrounding areas, including those frequented by tourists.
Consulate General of India Updated:
13 August
· Indian passengers are advised to be in touch with airlines to find alternative travel routes to avoid inconvenience, till normalcy is restored in airport operations.
· Indian passengers who are already in Hong Kong and waiting to depart are advised to be in touch with their respective airlines for information about likely timelines for resumption of their flights.

Upcoming Key Events

Date Event & Location Relevant Parties Potential Developments
Tuesday,
Weekly
HK Executive Council Meeting · Chief Executive Lam and all senior administrative officials · Chief Executive has held occasional press conferences prior to private ExCo meetings
· Has been a primary government channel on the protests to date
Sunday,
17 November
Xi and Trump’s APEC Meeting · Chinese President Xi
· US President Trump
· Trump said on 11 October the US and China have reached phase one of a trade deal, and that a finalized agreement could take three to five weeks
Sunday,
24 November
HK District Council Elections · Local political parties and groups · Pending announcement of the nomination period
· Young individuals with no political affiliation are seen setting up Facebook pages to promote visions
· Election Affairs Commission
Saturday,
11 January
Taiwan General Election · Presidential and local elections · HK and ‘One Country, Two Systems’, may become the defining issue of the election, alongside economy

 

Hong Kong Situation Update by Teneo, 31 October 2019

Overview – Thursday, 31 October:

  • Government Q3 GDP estimates show a decrease of 2.9% from a year earlier
    · Protest march planned for this evening ending in Central, Ocean Park cancels its Halloween Fest
    · HK High Court holding hearings on the government’s mask ban

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HK Protests & Related Developments

The government released its advance estimates for Q3 GDP, which showed a 2.9% decrease in real terms from a year earlier. The decline of GDP was attributed to the weak performance in both domestic and external demand. On an adjusted-basis, GDP is estimated to have decreased by 3.2% in real terms when compared to the previous quarter. (link)

A protest march is planned tonight starting from Causeway Bay and finishing in Lan Kwai Fong in Central. Protestors reportedly plan to mix with Halloween partygoers in Lan Kwai Fong. (link & link – Chinese)

Ocean Park cancelled its Halloween Fest, previously scheduled to take place this evening (link). Music festival Clockenflap yesterday confirmed it would take place in late November (link). The HK Tourism Board also confirmed its Great November Feast would still happen. (link)

The High Court will today hold two hearings on the government’s anti-mask law. The first challenge questions the constitutionality of the ban. The second, lodged by pro-democracy campaigners, aims to challenge the emergency law used by Carrie Lam. (link)

Polytechnic University students staged a protest yesterday against the institution’s President, who refused to shake hands with students who wore masks at a graduation ceremony (link). HKU students issued a deadline of 19:00 today for Vice-Chancellor Zhang Xiang to hold a dialogue session with them, or they would escalate actions targeting his office. (link)

Following a number of police raids yesterday evening in Tuen Mun, reports state a total of 73 people were arrested. (link)

Regional & Global Political Affairs

The HK & Macao Office of the State Council said the HK government’s decision to ban Joshua Wong from the District Council elections was based on factual evidence and a strong legal basis. The Office agreed with, and supported, the decision. (link – Chinese)

Business & Industry Developments

The potential sale of the Taiwan-headquartered Fubon Bank has reportedly been delayed due to the HK protests. (link)

According to Oscar Munoz, CEO of United Airlines, demand for the airline’s flights to HK is back up to the levels they were at before the protests started. (link)

HSBC and Standard Chartered both reported solid financial performance for their HK business segments (link and link). K.C. Chan, HK’s former Financial Services and Treasury Secretary, said in an interview it would take “huge structural change” for HK to lose its position as a financial centre. That said, local banks are facing more challenging conditions. (link)

Additional Articles & Themes of Interest

Channel News Asia: Has the use of violence in HK backfired?
Since the Hong Kong government invoked an emergency law and banned face masks in early October, violence has risen to unprecedented levels…Hong Kong’s economy has also experienced a slump as it enters a recession…The government should have anticipated that the anti-mask law could be perceived as hard-handed and would generate a backlash…But the protesters must also ask themselves: Is this increased use of violence by radical protesters going to help the movement?…[Academic research] shows that non-violent resistance is more than twice as effective as violent tactics in attaining stated goals.

Reuters: Impact of protests in a working-class neighbourhood
Sparked by anger against a controversial extradition bill, protests spread through many of Hong Kong’s 18 districts, putting the city’s freedom-loving populace on a collision course with the local government, and China’s Communist Party leaders behind it. The violence has also come to the concrete towers of Wong Tai Sin, home to tens of thousands of working-class families whose struggles are woven into the fabric and lore of Hong Kong’s global rise. And with the unrest has come a test of what Hong Kongers call “the Lion Rock spirit” – this city’s sense of community and grit in the face of hardship.

SCMP: Replacing Carrie Lam with Beijing puppet
Hong Kong is like a puppet show morphing into a Greek tragedy. It is a cruel fact that most Hongkongers consider [HK Chief Executive Carrie] Lam a puppet doing Beijing’s bidding instead of accurately reflecting the people’s views to her bosses. Since the crisis erupted over her now-dead extradition bill, everything she has done proves rather than disproves that fact. She has not demonstrated in any way that she is on the side of the people or dares to stand up to her bosses. We are at a stage where replacing Lam is pointless. Anyone Beijing trusts to succeed Lam will be seen by Hongkongers as just another puppet.

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Potential Significant Protests

*NOTE: The below includes an overview of potential upcoming events, many of which are subject to change as developments unfold. This is provided only as an FYI of potential impact on travel or logistics arrangements in Hong Kong

Date & Time Event & Potential Size Location &
Affected Areas
Additional Details
Daily Wear a Mask Day · Hong Kong · Encouraging HK citizens to wear a mask under the anti-mask law
Thursday,
31 October
7:00-11:00pm
Never forget 31 August, give us the truth – Sit-in · Prince Edward Station · To commemorate those injured during the 831 incident
· To urge the government to investigate police’s use of violence
Thursday,
31 October
7:30-10:00pm
Halloween Make-up Masquerade Party · Victoria Park to Lan Kwai Fong, Central · Dress up and wear make-up to party along Victoria Park and Lan Kwai Fong
Friday,
1 November
12:30pm
Lunch Time Flash Mob Demonstration · 12:30pm at Chater Garden, Central
· 12.45pm at InPARK, Kwun Tong
· One month anniversary of 10.1, when a student was shot by police’s live round
· To protest the government’s decision to ban Joshua Wong from District Council elections
Saturday,
2 November
3:00pm
“112 Emergency Call for HK Autonomy” Rally · Central lawn, Victoria Park, Causeway Bay · Letter of No Objection pending approval
· Over nine cities around the world are said to support the campaign
Saturday,
9 November
7:30-9:30pm
30th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall · Edinburgh Place, Central · Letter of No Objection pending approval
Thursday,
21 November
7:00pm
Never Forget 7.21 Sit-In · Yuen Long MTR Station
· YOHO Mall
· To remind the public to seek the truth of the 7.21 Yuen Long Attack

Potential Additional Protest Events

Date & Time Event & Location Location &
Potential Size
Additional Details
Every Monday Secondary School Student Strike · Students · Rallies and strikes at schools
Tuesday,
5 November
Face Mask Day · Hong Kong · In response to the anti-mask law being in force for a month
Every day in November Salute to Police Month · Hong Kong · Supported by DAB, Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions, and Junius Ho
· Calling for citizens to salute or bow to police officers
· Asking the public to take photos/videos of those who do not follow and report to the organizer

Injunctions

Date of Grant Plaintiff Effective Date Injunction Orders
Friday,
25 October
Department of Justice The interim injunction will remain in force up to and including Friday, 8 November 2019 at 10:30am. Link to the injunction order
Friday,
23 August
Airport Authority This Order will remain in force until trial or further order Link to the injunction order
Friday,
23 August
MTR Corporation Limited This Order will remain in force indefinitely unless it is varied or discharged by a further Order of the Court Link to the injunction order

HK Travel Advisories – October

Location Updated Key Advisory Notes
Hong Kong Airport Still current · Until further notice, only bona fide passengers with a valid air ticket or boarding pass for a flight in the next 24 hours and a valid travel document will be allowed to enter the terminal buildings.
· Passengers should arrive at least three hours before departure to allow sufficient time to pass through newly added control points.
· Other members of the public, including those who may want to accompany departure passengers or receiving arrival passengers at the airport, should not travel to the airport unless absolutely necessary.
U. K Foreign Ministry Updated:
31 October

Still current

· While a number of peaceful activities have taken place, many other protests have led to clashes between police and protesters involving significant violence.
· Some Mass Transit Railway (MTR) metro stations have been closed – including in major tourist areas – due to damage caused by the protests. You should follow the MTR website for the latest updates before commencing your journey.
· The situation around protests and public gatherings can change quickly, with the potential for violence, especially during unauthorised protests.
· Protests can deviate from planned routes or rally locations and spill over into nearby public spaces, such as shopping centres, housing estates and public transport hubs.
· For important safety and security information surrounding protests, see Political situation
Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Updated:
31 October

Still current

· Hong Kong (All the country): Level 1: Please be careful (new)
· Protests, some guerrilla-like, take place despite police disapproval. There is also a tendency for conflicts between protesters and police authorities to escalate.
· Protests are taking place in a wide range of Hong Kong, including airports and some tourist spots.
Singapore Foreign Ministry Updated:
30 October
· High degree of caution
· The violence intensified around the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on 1 October and further demonstrations are likely to take place in the coming days and weeks.
· Such demonstrations can close off large sections of the city and affect public transport. While Causeway Bay and Admiralty and surrounding districts have been the focal point of demonstrations, protests have occurred in many other areas of Hong Kong.
· Urge people to be extra vigilant and are strongly advised to avoid areas where protests and unplanned public gatherings are taking place and to follow the advice of the local authorities.
Australia Foreign Ministry Updated:
30 October

Still current

· Exercise a high degree of caution.
· Protests continue and are less predictable. There is an ongoing risk of violent confrontation. Protests may cause traffic disruptions and affect transport services, including to and from the international airport.
· ‘Flash mob’ demonstrations can take place with little or no warning, clashes between opposing groups and individuals have become less predictable and are expected to continue.
Ireland Foreign Ministry Updated:
29 October

Still current

· High degree of caution
· The violence intensified around the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on 1 October and further demonstrations are likely to take place in the coming days and weeks.
· Such demonstrations can close off large sections of the city and affect public transport. While Causeway Bay and Admiralty and surrounding districts have been the focal point of demonstrations, protests have occurred in many other areas of Hong Kong.
· Urge people to be extra vigilant and are strongly advised to avoid areas where protests and unplanned public gatherings are taking place and to follow the advice of the local authorities.
Germany’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Updated:
15 October

Still current

· Since the beginning of June 2019, large-scale demonstrations, unannounced protests and calls for strike have repeatedly led to disruption of public life, inner-city traffic, such as the closure of metro stations (MTR), as well as partial interruptions of air traffic at Hong Kong International Airport.
· Violent clashes between demonstrators and the police also take place during the protests, in part with the use of water throwing and tear gas. The protests are occasionally increasingly without prior notice in districts for which no demonstrations or rallies are allowed.
U.S Department of State- Bureau of Consular Affairs Updated:
7 October
· Hong Kong – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
· While protests are generally peaceful, they sometimes become violent and disrupt transportation across Hong Kong.
· The protests and confrontations have spilled over into neighbourhoods other than those where the police have permitted marches or rallies.
· U.S. citizens, as well as U.S. Consulate General employees, have been subject to a People’s Republic of China propaganda campaign falsely accusing the United States of fomenting unrest in Hong Kong.
Canada Foreign Ministry Updated:
2 October

Still current

· High degree of caution due to ongoing large-scale demonstrations.
· Although many protest sites are made public in advance, authorised and unauthorized demonstrations can take place with little or no notice. They can quickly spread to surrounding areas, including those frequented by tourists.
Consulate General of India Updated:
13 August
· Indian passengers are advised to be in touch with airlines to find alternative travel routes to avoid inconvenience, till normalcy is restored in airport operations.
· Indian passengers who are already in Hong Kong and waiting to depart are advised to be in touch with their respective airlines for information about likely timelines for resumption of their flights.

Upcoming Key Events

Date Event & Location Relevant Parties Potential Developments
Tuesday,
Weekly
HK Executive Council Meeting · Chief Executive Lam and all senior administrative officials · Chief Executive has held occasional press conferences prior to private ExCo meetings
· Has been a primary government channel on the protests to date
Monday – Thursday
28 – 31 October
The fourth plenary session of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China · The Communist Party of China · Examining how to uphold and improve the system of socialism with Chinese characteristics and advance the modernization of China’s system and capacity for governance
Thursday,
31 October
Joint Business Community Luncheon with Chief Executive Lam · Chief Executive Lam
Sunday,
17 November
Xi and Trump’s APEC Meeting · Chinese President Xi
· US President Trump
· Trump said on 11 October the US and China have reached phase one of a trade deal, and that a finalized agreement could take three to five weeks
Sunday,
24 November
HK District Council Elections · Local political parties and groups · Pending announcement of the nomination period
· Young individuals with no political affiliation are seen setting up Facebook pages to promote visions
· Election Affairs Commission
Saturday,
11 January
Taiwan General Election · Presidential and local elections · HK and ‘One Country, Two Systems’, may become the defining issue of the election, alongside economy

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