Hong Kong – Mainland Chinese medicine expert group of Central Authorities introduces Chinese medicine anti-epidemic plans for clinical application to Chinese medicine sector of HK (with photos/video)

Mainland Chinese medicine expert group of Central Authorities introduces Chinese medicine anti-epidemic plans for clinical application to Chinese medicine sector of HK (with photos/video)

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     The expert group led by the leader of the Mainland Chinese medicine (CM) expert group of the Central Authorities, Mr Tong Xiaolin, continued its visit in Hong Kong today (April 5).

      

     The Secretary for Food and Health, Professor Sophia Chan, and the CM expert group participated in the afternoon a meeting on the CM anti-epidemic plans for clinical application. The CM expert group introduced the content of the plans to and exchanged views and had discussion with the CM sector representatives of Hong Kong.

      

     Based on the Mainland’s experience of using CM for anti-epidemic treatment, the specific epidemic situation of Hong Kong as well as the findings of its visit in Hong Kong, the expert group has prepared a set of CM anti-epidemic plans for clinical application on the basis of the existing clinical plans of Hong Kong. The plans provide for reference to the CM sector and the public guidelines on the application of CM at different levels and for different target groups, including asymptomatic patients, patients with mild symptoms, patients admitted to isolation facilities and persons in recovery.

      

     Attended the meeting were representatives of the CM sector including the Chairman of the Chinese Medicine Practice Subcommittee under the Chinese Medicine Development Committee (CMDC), Professor Chan Wing-kwong; the Chairman of the Chinese Medicines Industry Subcommittee under the CMDC, Mr Tommy Li; the Chairman of the Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong (CMCHK), Mrs Jeanie Hu; the Chairman of the Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board under the CMCHK, Dr Wong Yu-yeuk; as well as members of the relevant committees.  The meeting was moderated by Professor Feng Jiu, the former Chairman of the Chinese Medicine Practice Subcommittee under the CMDC.  Representatives from the Food and Health Bureau, Department of Health and Hospital Authority also attended.

      

     “On behalf of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Mr Tong Xiaolin for leading the CM expert group to visit Hong Kong and provide guidance on the CM epidemic prevention and anti-epidemic work in Hong Kong.  Within just one week after arriving in Hong Kong, the expert group has already paid site visits to different facilities, and met with various stakeholders in the CM sector, with a view to gaining an in-depth understanding of the actual situation of the use of CM at different levels of epidemic prevention and control in Hong Kong,” said Professor Chan.

      

     “The meeting today is an excellent opportunity for the CM expert group to share the content of the plans with the CM sector of Hong Kong.  The CMDC and CMCHK are both important stakeholders in promoting the development of CM in Hong Kong. I call on the attendees to further promote the plans drawn up by the CM expert group to members of their affiliated organisations, thereby serving as a reference for more members of the public and CM practitioners. The HKSAR Government will also step up its publicity to promote to the public relevant information regarding the use of CM in epidemic prevention and control,” supplemented Professor Chan.

      

     “The CM expert group has also put forward the ‘three easy’ principles – ‘easy to understand’, ‘easy to do’ and ‘easy to get’. The HKSAR Government will follow up and implement the relevant recommendations, with a view to giving full play to the advantages and effectiveness of CM in fighting the epidemic, thereby further promoting the development of CM in Hong Kong,” Professor Chan continued.

      

     Led by Mr Tong, the Mainland CM expert group arrived in Hong Kong on March 29 to conduct visits.

Christie’s Hong Kong Chinese Paintings Department Presents Exemplary Works from The Classical Period

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This spring, Christie’s is delighted to offer an outstanding collection of coveted masterpieces in the Fine Chinese Classical Paintings And Calligraphy sale on 28 May. These masterworks represent pivotal moments in Chinese art history.


The leading highlight of the season is the magnificent Washing Horses by Zhao Mengfu as catalogued in Shiqu Baoji (Top). One of the best known horse painters in ancient China, Zhao Mengfu depicted steeds individually and in large numbers. Zhao’s horse paintings derived from studying works by the Tang master Han Gan (706-783) and the Song master Li Gonglin (1049-1106), not only their techniques of outlining and colouring the animal’s forms but also to depict their spirit.


One of the thirty-eight beloved paintings and calligraphy collected by Hongli (1711-1799)―the crowned prince who later became Emperor Qianlong (r. 1735–1796)―Washing Horses by Zhao Mengfu as catalogued in Shiqu Baoji is a rare and important painting still in private hands. A few months before his ascension to the throne, Hongli inscribed a long poem, signed, and pressed three of his seals in the frontispiece of the handscroll. In 1744, Emperor Qianlong ordered the compilation of Shiqu Baoji to record paintings and calligraphy in the Qing Imperial collection, and Washing Horses was detailed in Chapter thirty-four.


With exquisite and well-preserved imperial accessories of silk and brocade wraps and a carved jade clasp, Washing Horses entered Fujita Museum’s collection in Japan in the early 20th Century. In March 2017 it was sold at Christie’s New York in the sensational Important Chinese Art from the Fujita Museum sale. Christie’s is honoured to present Washing Horses again this May in Hong Kong.


Kim Yu, International Specialist Head of Chinese Paintings Department, commented: “We are honoured to present such a sensational masterpiece with extremely strong provenance, a rarity in the auction market. The exquisite craftsmanship of the accompanied jade toggle and brocade wrap further enhances the value of this precious work. We look forward to welcoming global art lovers and collectors to savour the exceptional Chinese paintings and calligraphy this May.”


NOTES 


Preview:


Hong Kong | 1 – 4 April | Christie’s Galleries, 22/F, Alexandra House, 18 Chater Road, Central


Beijing | April/May (TBC) | Christie’s Beijing Art Space, 1/F, Tower 1, 82 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing


Shanghai | April/May (TBC) | 4/F, BUND ONE, No.1 Zhongshan Dong Yi Road Shanghai 200002, China


Taipei | 7 – 8 May | Marriott Taipei, No. 199 Lequn 2nd Road, ZhongShan District, Taipei


Hong Kong | 22 – 27 May | Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, No. 1 Harbour Road, Hong Kong


Auction:


Fine Chinese Classical Paintings and Calligraphy


Date : 28 May 2022


Fine Chinese Modern and Contemporary Ink Paintings


Date : 29 May 2022


Location: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, No. 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong


About Christie’s


Founded in 1766, Christie’s is a world-leading art and luxury business. Renowned and trusted for its expert live and online auctions, as well as its bespoke private sales, Christie’s offers a full portfolio of global services to its clients, including art appraisal, art financing, international real estate and education. Christie’s has a physical presence in 46 countries, throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific, with flagship international sales hubs in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris and Geneva. It also is the only international auction house authorized to hold sales in mainland China (Shanghai).


Christie’s auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, at price points ranging from $200 to over $100 million. In recent years, Christie’s has achieved the world record price for an artwork at auction (Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvador Mundi, 2017), for a single collection sale (the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller, 2018), and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019).


Christie’s Private Sales offers a seamless service for buying and selling art, jewellery and watches outside of the auction calendar, working exclusively with Christie’s specialists at a client’s individual pace.


Recent innovations at Christie’s include the groundbreaking sale of the first NFT for a digital work of art ever offered at a major auction house (Beeple’s Everydays, March 2021), with the unprecedented acceptance of cryptocurrency as a means of payment. As an industry leader in digital innovation, Christie’s also continues to pioneer new technologies that are redefining the business of art, including the creation of viewing and bidding experiences that integrate augmented reality, global livestreaming, buy-now channels, and hybrid sales formats. 


Christie’s is dedicated to advancing responsible culture throughout its business and communities worldwide, including achieving sustainability through net zero carbon emissions by 2030, and actively using its platform in the art world to amplify under-represented voices and support positive change.

BAN ON CHINESE GOODS


There have been some representations/suggestions from public and industry to boycott the import of Chinese goods citing strained relations with China.  In June 2020, a representation was also received from a Member of Parliament calling for banning/boycotting of all Chinese goods in light of developments at Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.


The Government of India, from time to time, takes appropriate measures to regulate import of goods including those related to national interest.  India and China are both members of the WTO and any trade restriction imposed must be WTO compliant.  Government has from time to time reviewed and taken WTO compliant measures (both policy and trade remedies) to address the concerns raised by various stakeholders to have a holistic global trade strategy.  To support and expand domestic capacities, Government has implemented policies to promote domestic manufacturing like the production linked incentive (PLI) schemes in line with Atmanirbhar Bharat policy.


This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Smt. Anupriya Patel, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.


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Hong Kong – Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra to showcase eminent masterpieces

Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra to showcase eminent masterpieces

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     The Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra (HKYCO) of the Music Office under the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) will hold its annual concert, “East-West Convergence – A Portrait of Folk Tunes” at 3pm on January 9 (Sunday) next year at the Auditorium of Sha Tin Town Hall.

 

     The concert will be conducted by Music Office instructors Mr Tsui Ying-fai and Mr Kwok Kin-ming. The Orchestra will present various vivid classic masterpieces, including “Guarding the Frontier on Horseback” with powerful and propelling music; “The Night of the Torch Festival”, a plucked-string ensemble piece commissioned by the Music Office; “Moonlight on the Spring River” featuring a leading pipa; “Slavonic Dances” and “English Folk Song Suite” arranged from Western folk tunes; “Grapes are Ripe” which is characterised by its ethnic minorities elements; percussion ensemble piece “Camel Bells of Xinjiang”; and “Battle on Taihangshan” which depicts the spirit of farmers.

 

     Established in 1978, the HKYCO has around 80 members with ages under 25. The Orchestra has performed in numerous major local performances. It also played the role of music ambassador for Hong Kong and has toured extensively to high acclaim.

 

     Tickets priced at $55, $75 and $95 are now available at URBTIX (www.urbtix.hk). For telephone credit card bookings, please call 2111 5999. For programme enquiries and concessionary schemes, please call 2796 7523 or 3842 7784 or visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/musicoffice.

 

     All persons will be required to use the “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile application to scan the venue QR code before they are allowed to enter LCSD offices and venues, except for exempted persons who are aged below 12 or aged 65 or above and those with disabilities that render use of the app difficult. Exemptions will also be granted to individual persons depending on the actual circumstances. All exempted persons are required to complete a record form to register their personal particulars and the date and time of their visits. As it will take time to verify personal particulars of exempted persons under the new arrangement, their waiting time for using public services or entering the relevant venues may be lengthened. The LCSD suggests that members of the public arrive early and appeals for their understanding. The department also encourages the exempted persons to use the app as far as possible to save time.

Chinese Real Estate Tycoon’s Son Allegedly Wanted for His Online Speech

Pan Rui, boy of Chinese property tycoon Pan Shiyi, is presumably desired by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) public safety and security for his speech on Chinese social media sites site Weibo regarding the real fatalities of the Chinese armed force in boundary encounter Indian soldiers in June 2020, according to Chinese state media records.

Pan Shiyi is a business owner as well as the owner of Soho China. According to the current information in Forbes, he as well as his partner Zhang Xin have possessions of $3.4 billion since Mar. 18, 2021.