Hong Kong – HKSAR organises activities for 2024 National Security Education Day (with videos)

HKSAR organises activities for 2024 National Security Education Day (with videos)


     ​The following is issued on behalf of the Committee for Safeguarding National Security of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region:

     Launched today (April 15) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, the 2024 National Security Education Day activities were hosted by the Committee for Safeguarding National Security of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (the National Security Committee) and supported by the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (LOCPG) and the Office for Safeguarding National Security of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (OSNS). The Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council Mr Xia Baolong, together with the leading officials of his office in Beijing, attended the opening ceremony of the National Security Education Day via video link. Officiating guests attending the launching ceremony were Director Xia Baolong; the Chief Executive of the HKSAR and the Chairman of the National Security Committee, Mr John Lee; Director of LOCPG and National Security Advisor of the National Security Committee, Mr Zheng Yanxiong; Head of OSNS, Mr Dong Jingwei; Acting Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mr Li Yongsheng; and Deputy Political Commissar of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison, Major General Wang Zhaobing.

     In his keynote speech delivered via video link at the opening ceremony, Director Xia Baolong said that on March 19, the Hong Kong Legislative Council unanimously passed the Safeguarding National Security Ordinance. On March 23, the Ordinance took effect by publication in the Gazette. It was a significant milestone in the implementation of “one country, two systems”, signifying that Hong Kong had further strengthened the legal defence in safeguarding national security. Today, with the protection offered by national security legislation and the full implementation of the “patriots administering Hong Kong” principle, Hong Kong has bid farewell to the era of instability, and welcomes the best time to get fully focused on pursuing economic growth and advancing development. Director Xia pointed out that to realise the transition “from stability to prosperity”, the HKSAR must meet five needs: (1) the need to firmly safeguard the bottom line for national security so as to provide the necessary condition for promoting high-quality development; (2) the need to steadfastly implement “one country, two systems”, giving full play to the fundamental safeguard provided by the principle in maintaining Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability; (3) the need to consolidate and make the best use of Hong Kong’s unique position and advantages, and further shaping such unique role and advantages; (4) the need to better integrate into the national development to bring continuous impetus and more business opportunities to Hong Kong; and (5) the need to proactively adapt to new situation and new challenges, embrace new responsibilities, so as to break new grounds and achieve new leap forward in the course of positive actions, innovations and creations. The realisation of the transition “from stability to prosperity” is the common enterprise of the whole community of Hong Kong. The citizens will surely adhere to the “Lion Rock spirit” to pioneer and explore, to confront changes with flexibility, to strive, to persevere and to move forward, to continue to create a new legend of development for Hong Kong and a brighter future together. With the strong backing of the Motherland and efforts by all people of Hong Kong, Hong Kong will have a bright prospect en route “from stability to prosperity”. The train of “Hong Kong” in the new era will advance unhindered.

     Mr Lee said, “The inspiring keynote speech by Director Xia has pointed to the direction for Hong Kong to realise the transition ‘from stability to prosperity’. I am sincerely grateful to Director Xia for the care, guidance and support he has given Hong Kong all along. As Director Xia said, the realisation of the transition ‘from stability to prosperity’ is the common enterprise of the whole community of Hong Kong. We will definitely adhere to the ‘Lion Rock spirit’ to better implement this mission solidly, and to continue to create a new legend of Hong Kong development.”

     In his keynote speech at the opening ceremony, Mr Lee said although Hong Kong had completed the legislation under Article 23 of the Basic Law and injected an effective vaccine to safeguard national security, threats of national security which are like viruses would still attack us. Therefore, the HKSAR Government will implement the Safeguarding National Security Ordinance in four areas. These include making continuous efforts to brief the community; reviewing and strengthening internal systems; sparing no effort in enhancing the executive capability on preventing, suppressing and imposing punishment for national security offences; and strengthening national security education. Following the enactment of the Safeguarding National Security Ordinance on March 23, Hong Kong has put up a shield and strengthened the defence wall of national security. As the HKSAR transits “from stability to prosperity”, it will focus its efforts on pursuing economic growth, advancing development, improving people’s livelihood and bringing fulfillment to the people. The HKSAR Government will strengthen five major areas of work: (1) to forge a better integration of a capable government and an efficient market, to pursue more results, develop the economy and improve people’s livelihood; (2) to seize the opportunities brought about by our country’s policy of developing new quality productive forces; (3) to develop Hong Kong as a talent hub; (4) to capitalise on Hong Kong’s distinctive advantages of enjoying strong support of the Motherland and being closely connected to the world, and to create unlimited opportunities for Hong Kong; and (5) to develop the domestic economy, including boosting tourism, consumption and investment, and to continue to support the continuing development of small-and-medium sized enterprises.

     In his speech, Director Zheng pointed out that the Hong Kong National Security Law and the Safeguarding National Security Ordinance, as well as the National Security Committee and the OSNS are the “dual legislation and dual enforcement mechanism” indispensable for the rule of law system in Hong Kong. The “dual legislation and dual enforcement mechanism” will exercise central jurisdiction and fulfil the HKSAR’s responsibility effectively, functioning as a double insurance to safeguard national security comprehensively. Director Zheng stressed that the HKSAR must steadfastly safeguard the long-term implementation of “one country, two systems”, firmly co-ordinate high-level security and high-quality development, firmly resolve problems at root and strengthen nationalism and patriotism, resolutely and decisively seize the opportunities to create a bright future for Hong Kong development and firmly support the Chief Executive and the governing team of the HKSAR in shouldering the constitutional responsibility.

     Director Dong shared four points in his speech: (1) the implementation of a “holistic approach to national security” has yielded fruitful results; (2) safeguarding national security in Hong Kong is a continuous endeavor with no end point; (3) for Hong Kong to realise the transition “from stability to prosperity”, high-quality development must go hand in hand with high-level security safeguard; and (4) safeguarding national security according to the law is a pre-requisite for the faithful implementation of a “holistic approach to national security”. Director Dong said the OSNS would work with the HKSAR to fully and faithfully implement the Hong Kong National Security Law and the Safeguarding National Security Ordinance.

     Acting Commissioner Li pointed out that Chinese diplomacy firmly adhered to the requirements under a “holistic approach to national security” by safeguarding our country’s security and international common security simultaneously, participating in improving global security governance actively, and tackling various security risks and challenges together with other countries. The Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the HKSAR fully and faithfully implements the Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy and the Central Authorities’ strategy of governing Hong Kong, and strives for three “insistence”: (1) insistence on protecting Hong Kong through diplomacy by halting any interference of Hong Kong’s affairs by external forces; (2) insistence on benefiting Hong Kong through diplomacy by strongly supporting Hong Kong to extend interaction and co-operation with external jurisdictions; (3) insistence on diplomacy for the people by safeguarding the legitimate interests of Hong Kong compatriots overseas.

     Major General Wang said that national security is the top priority. It is a blessing for the people to enjoy peace; it is the responsibility of the people’s army to defend peace. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) always stays true to the original mission and entrusted responsibilities, guarding the Pearl of the Orient faithfully. As Hong Kong transits “from chaos to stability” and “from stability to prosperity”, the PLA Hong Kong Garrison will firmly and faithfully implement the strategic decisions of the Central Authorities, Central Military Commission of the PRC and President Xi Jinping. The Garrison will strengthen its military preparedness to safeguard sovereign security and Hong Kong’s long-term prosperity and stability with enhanced capability, and contribute to the long-term implementation and development of “one country, two systems”.

     The theme of the 2024 HKSAR National Security Education Day is “10th Anniversary of a holistic approach to national security”. This year’s events have many new elements: for the first time, the Government and a private foundation jointly organised a 5-month programme called “National Security Knowledge Challenge for All Schools in Hong Kong”, which was participated by more than 100 000 primary and secondary school students for deepening their understanding of national security; the first “National Security Education Study Tour” which took 75 teachers and students from 17 secondary schools to Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou to experience and appreciate first-hand the importance of different fields of national security and the significance of “national security as the bedrock for Hong Kong’s security, home security and people’s security”. For the first time, a new animation titled “Young Guardians of National Security” was produced, conveying the importance of knowing the law, abiding by the law, and safeguarding national security through a child’s perspective and the latter’s observation and interactions in the insect world. Also for the first time, numerous government policy bureaux and departments as well as youth uniform groups held different activities at the same time to enhance understanding of national security, and the first brochure titled “A Holistic Approach to National Security” with elaboration on 20 security fields was launched to deepen citizens’ understanding of this important subject.

     Apart from the above, the disciplined services held a solemn and grand flag-raising ceremony on April 15, and “National Security Cup” sports events and open days before April 15. In addition, 18 District Councils have organised different events, including seminars, carnivals, competitions, lectures, etc., to allow Hong Kong citizens to participate in and understand national security.

     The National Security Law of the People’s Republic of China stipulates that April 15 of each year is the National Security Education Day. The aim of National Security Education Day is to raise citizens’ awareness of safeguarding national security and help them appreciate that everyone has a responsibility for national security and should fulfil such responsibility.

Hong Kong – FSD organises AED Everywhere – Bus Companies United to Save Hearts event (with photos)

FSD organises AED Everywhere – Bus Companies United to Save Hearts event (with photos)


     The Fire Services Department (FSD) today (February 24) organised the AED Everywhere – Bus Companies United to Save Hearts event at the Fire and Ambulance Services Academy in Tseung Kwan O. AED Everywhere is a programme funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust (HKJCCT).

     The Deputy Director of Fire Services (Operations), Mr Angus Wong, officiated at the launching ceremony with representatives from the Kowloon Motor Bus Company (1933) Limited, the Citybus Limited, and the New Lantao Bus Company (1973) Limited. Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Wong said that with the funding from the HKJCCT, the FSD launched the AED Everywhere programme to subsidise all sectors of the community on the procurement of automated external defibrillators (AED). He expressed his gratitude to the three bus companies for supporting the programme and becoming the first batch of subvented organisations to install AED at some bus regulators’ kiosks in various districts, so that members of the public can have immediate access to AED in cardiac arrest cases.

     Mr Wong also said that the FSD is inviting other organisations and institutions to participate in the programme, with an aim to fulfil their social responsibilities, thereby expanding the coverage of AED in the community. The FSD is currently identifying other feasible locations, such as banking branches and petrol filling stations, and encouraging and also sponsoring related organisations or institutions to install AED, with a view to jointly building a wider community-based safety net.

     Today’s event attracted over 500 participants. Among them, around 200 bus enthusiasts and bus company staff members attended a workshop on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of AED, becoming a member of the Resuscitation Alliance (RA). Last year, the FSD worked with various sectors of the community to form the RA with a view to promoting community education on CPR and the use of AED. More than 70 000 RA members have pledged to give a helping hand in cardiac arrest cases.

     According to the FSD, there are currently about 2 700 AED registered on the department’s online information platform “Centralized AED Registry for Emergency”. These AED are distributed in various public places such as railway stations, shopping malls, schools, fire stations, ambulance depots, sports centres, libraries, supermarkets and community halls.

Hong Kong – SHETO organises celebratory events in Shanghai for 26th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to motherland (with photos)

SHETO organises celebratory events in Shanghai for 26th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to motherland (with photos)


     To celebrate the 26th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Shanghai (SHETO) unveiled a series of celebratory events today (July 1) in Shanghai. Held in a group of traditional Shanghai buildings, the events showcase the rich cultural and artistic atmosphere of Hong Kong.
     The event featured Hong Kong’s iconic neon signs, festive lions, street signs and other displays for attendees to experience Hong Kong’s unique culture in an immersive way. In addition, there were workshops on lion dance head-making, collaborative painting of the Drago-Cavallo. A Hong Kong-style market was also set up by Hong Kong companies.
     In the evening, there were cultural performances featuring Hong Kong artists invited by the SHETO, including harmonica, jazz, brass music, Cantonese opera, and contemporary dance, showcasing the diverse and captivating cultural richness of Hong Kong. A light show using bare-eye 3D technology, showcasing Hong Kong’s brilliant achievements in the fields of economy, culture, art, and humanities, is also presented on site.
     Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Director of the SHETO, Mrs Laura Aron, stated that exchanges between regions are gradually resuming since the pandemic subsided. The SHETO hopes that this themed event will enable mainland audience reminiscing on past experiences as well as gaining a new understanding of Hong Kong and also to learn about the city in the traditional Shanghai alleys that embody Hong Kong’s unique characteristics and savor its culture. Mrs Aron also added that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong/Shanghai Co-operation Conference, and she hopes the cooperation of the two cities would go further in the future.
     Delivering a speech in the opening ceremony, the Director General of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the Shanghai Municipal Government, Mr Kong Fuan, expressed that with the full support of the Central Government and under the solid ground of the “one country, two systems”, Hong Kong, as the Pearl of the Orient, will continue to leverage its advantages of being backed by the motherland and connected to the world, and will definitely continue to write a new chapter of glory.
     Other officiating guests included Vice Minister General of the United Front Work Department of the Shanghai Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China Ms Dong Yiwen; the Chair of the Administrative Office of the Committee for Liaison with Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and Overseas Chinese of the CPPCC Shanghai Committee, Mr Yao Hai; the Secretary of the CPC Hongkou District Committee of Shanghai, Mr Li Qian; Deputy Director of Shanghai Economic Commission Ms Zhu Yi; and Grand 2 Counselor of the Publicity Department of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee Mr Zhou Qiang.
     The SHETO also organised a gathering today for the Hong Kong residents living, working, or studying in Shanghai, to come together to celebrate the return of Hong Kong to the motherland.
     The series of events is organised by the SHETO and co-organised by the Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, the Shanghai Hong Kong Association, and the Hong Kong-Shanghai Youth Association, and will run from today to July 9. The cultural performances, Hong Kong-style markets, and workshops will be held tomorrow (July 2), July 8 and 9, and are free to the public.
     The SHETO will continue to hold exhibitions, cultural performances, youth activities, and economic and trade seminars in the East China region (Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, and Shandong provinces) to promote Hong Kong to mainland audience comprehensively.

Hong Kong – CSD organises information sharing session on tertiary education programmes for young persons in custody (with photos)

CSD organises information sharing session on tertiary education programmes for young persons in custody (with photos)


     The Correctional Services Department (CSD) organised an information sharing session on tertiary education programmes for young persons in custody (PICs) at Sha Tsui Correctional Institution today (June 26). Representatives of the Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU) and eight University Grants Committee (UGC)-funded universities were invited to provide information on distance learning programmes offered by the HKMU for young PICs as well as to help them understand the tertiary education programmes and arrangements for continuing their studies while in custody. The briefing session was also broadcast live to Pik Uk Correctional Institution, allowing the young PICs of that institution to participate simultaneously.

     More than 100 young PICs participated in the sharing session. During the session, in addition to a briefing by the HKMU on the characteristics of distance learning programmes and the structure of degree programmes, the CSD also specially arranged for representatives of various universities to conduct group discussions with young PICs to provide them with learning suggestions.

     The CSD hopes, through the event, to provide clearer learning directions for young PICs who aspire to continue their studies, while at the same time let the PICs feel the support of the community, including various universities, so as to strengthen their determination to pursue university education.

     The CSD has been committed to providing appropriate rehabilitation programmes for PICs and encouraging them to continue their education. Earlier, the CSD signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the HKMU and eight UGC-funded universities respectively to strengthen co-operation with a view to providing more comprehensive support for PICs to further their studies, including providing bursaries for distance learning and arranging credit transfers for PICs in need to help them continue their studies at respective universities after release.

Champion REIT organises “Love . Play . Farm” Harvest Day

Champion Real Estate Investment Trust (“Champion REIT” or the “Trust”) (Stock Code: 2778), owner of Three Garden Road and Langham Place, hosted “Love . Play . Farm” Harvest Day on 14 January. Together with The Coffee Academics, the Trust presented the “First-in-Hong Kong” organic Mint Lemonade, putting into practice the “waste to farm to table” concept. Tenants who attended farming workshops earlier and children who participated in mural painting were invited to Langham Place to join the meaningful event.
Last year, the Trust invited the young local artist Zue Chan to lead a group of children from disadvantaged families in Tin Shui Wai and children of colleagues in painting an outdoor mural to bring art into Langham Place Mall. The activity also marked the debut of “Love . Play . Farm” activities. Other than being a visual attraction, the mural painting stands for Champion REIT’s efforts to connect different groups in the community and hopes to instill in the children the awareness of green living style.

The Trust has also leveraged Langham Place Mall’s prime location to hold organic urban farming workshops for tenants that they experienced planting seasonal produces like kale, cauliflower and eggplant. Tenants learned organic farming techniques, including sowing seeds, using fertilisers and watering, and enjoyed the fun and happy surprises from farming. On the Harvest Day, tenants had great satisfaction reaping the vegetables they grew, appreciating the fruit of their hard work. The Trust also has a few coffee trees growing in the farm at Langham Place Mall, rather rare in Hong Kong.

Moreover, the Trust has been cooperating with The Coffee Academics to recycle coffee grounds into fertiliser. The two partners have also used the mint leaves harvested from the farm to create the “First-in-Hong Kong”, organic Mint Lemonade drink, a true example of the “waste to farm to table” concept. To encourage living green in the community, the Trust donated 240 cans of Mint Lemonade to St. James’ Settlement and Haven of Hope Christian Service.

Ms Christina Hau, Chief Executive Officer of Champion REIT, said, “The ‘Love . Play . Farm’ Harvest Day could not have been possible without tenants’ strong support and active participation. Looking ahead, on top of focusing on sustainable development, we will keep looking to work with different stakeholders to promote waste and carbon reduction, aiming for synergies so that we may boost the overall well-being of stakeholders.”

About Champion REIT (Stock Code: 2778)
Champion Real Estate Investment Trust is a trust formed to own and invest in income producing office and retail properties. The Trust focuses on Grade A commercial properties in prime locations. It currently offers investors direct exposure to nearly 3 million sq. ft. of prime office and retail floor area. These include two Hong Kong landmark properties, Three Garden Road and Langham Place, as well as joint venture stake in 66 Shoe Lane in Central London. Since 2015, the Trust has been included in the Constituent of Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Benchmark Index of Hang Seng Indexes.

Website: www.championreit.com

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