Zen Soo, FOX Baltimore

Zen Soo

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Past articles by Zen:

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam decides not to seek new term after 42 years of public service

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Monday she wouldn't seek a second term after a rocky five years marked by huge protests calling for her resignation, a security crackdown that has quashed dissent and most recently a COVID-19 wave that overwhelmed the health system. Her successor will be picked in May, with the city's hard-line security chief during the 2019 protests seen as a… → Read More

Hong Kong to kill 2,000 animals after hamsters get COVID-19

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities said Tuesday that they will kill about 2,000 small animals, including hamsters, after several tested positive for the coronavirus at a pet store where an employee was also infected. The city will also stop the sale of hamsters and the import of small mammals, according to officials from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. → Read More

Hong Kong to kill 2,000 animals after hamsters get COVID-19

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities said Tuesday that they will kill about 2,000 small animals, including hamsters, after several tested positive for the coronavirus at a pet store where an employee was also infected. The city will also stop the sale of hamsters and the import of small mammals, according to officials from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. → Read More

Hong Kong bans transit flights from over 150 countries

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong International Airport said it will ban transit passengers from 150 countries and territories starting Sunday, tightening stringent travel controls in an effort to stem the spread of the highly contagious omicron variant. Authorities also said Friday they will extend social distancing restrictions, including a ban on dining in after 6 p. m. , by another two weeks over… → Read More

Thousands held on Hong Kong cruise ship for COVID testing

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of passengers were being held Wednesday on a cruise ship in Hong Kong for coronavirus testing after health authorities said nine passengers were linked to a recent omicron cluster and ordered the ship to turn back. → Read More

Hong Kong police charge 2 from news outlet with sedition

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police on Thursday formally charged two people from an online pro-democracy news outlet with sedition, a day after the outlet said it would cease operations following a police raid on its office and seven arrests. → Read More

Why are foreign tech firms pulling out of China?

HONG KONG (AP) — Yahoo Inc. is leaving the China market, suspending its services there as of Monday amid what it says is an "increasingly challenging" business and legal environment. Foreign technology firms have been pulling out or downsizing their operations in mainland China as a strict data privacy law specifying how companies collect and store data takes effect. → Read More

Yahoo pulls out of China amid 'challenging' environment

HONG KONG (AP) — Yahoo Inc. on Tuesday said it has pulled its services from China, citing an “increasingly challenging business and legal environment. ” The company said in a statement that its services were no longer accessible from mainland China as of Nov. 1. “In recognition of the increasingly challenging business and legal environment in China, Yahoo’s suite of services will no longer be… → Read More

Parents in China laud rule limiting video game time for kids

Li Zhanguo's two children, ages 4 and 8, don't have their own smartphones, but like millions of other Chinese children, they are no strangers to online gaming. "If my children get their hands on our mobile phones or an iPad, and if we don't closely monitor their screen time, they can play online games for as long as three to four hours each time," he said. Not anymore. → Read More

Tencent limits gaming for kids after official media critique

HONG KONG (AP) — China’s biggest gaming company, Tencent Holdings, said Tuesday it will limit gaming time for minors and ban children under age 12 from making in-game purchases after a state media article called games “spiritual opium. " Tencent’s pledge to curb gaming for minors came hours after the company’s stock plunged as much as 11% following a critique published by the Economic… → Read More

Hong Kong police charge 4 journalists with collusion

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong national security police on Wednesday charged four former senior employees at the now-defunct Apple Daily pro-democracy newspaper over alleged foreign collusion to endanger national security, weeks after the newspaper was forced to close after authorities froze its assets. → Read More

9 arrested over alleged plot to plant bombs around Hong Kong

Hong Kong police on Tuesday said they arrested nine people on suspicion of engaging in terrorist activity, after uncovering an attempt to make explosives and plant bombs across the city. The arrests come amid a political divisive time in Hong Kong, two years after months of massive pro-democracy protests rocked the semiautonomous Chinese city. The arrests come a year after Beijing imposed a… → Read More

Hong Kong to ban passenger flights from UK to curb virus

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's government says it will ban all passenger flights from the U. K. starting Thursday as it seeks to curb the spread of new variants of the coronavirus. It said in a statement Monday that the U. K. has been classified as "extremely high risk. “ Under the classification, people who have stayed in the U. K. for more than two hours will be restricted from boarding… → Read More

Get a jab, win a condo: Hong Kong tries vaccine incentives

HONG KONG (AP) — Like many in Hong Kong, Jason Chan had no immediate plans to get vaccinated against COVID-19. For the finance professional, there seemed to be no pressing need, with travel restrictions still in place and no major outbreak at home. But Chan had a change of heart when he heard that one of the city's property developers was offering a lucky draw with a grand prize of a one-bedroom… → Read More

Editors of Hong Kong newspaper arrested under security law

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police used a sweeping national security law Thursday to arrest five editors and executives of a pro-democracy newspaper on charges of colluding with foreign powers — the first time the legislation has been used against the press in yet another sign of an intensifying crackdown by Chinese authorities in the city long known for its freedoms. → Read More

Apple Daily editors arrested under Hong Kong security law

HONG KONG (AP) — Five editors and executives at pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper were arrested Thursday under Hong Kong's national security law, its stock was halted and police were searching its offices in moves raising concerns about the media's future in the city. Apple Daily is known for its strong pro-democracy stance and often criticizes and condemns the Chinese and Hong Kong… → Read More

Operator says China nuclear plant facing 'performance issue'

HONG KONG (AP) — The French joint operator of a Chinese nuclear plant near Hong Kong said Monday that the plant is dealing with a “performance issue” but is currently operating within safety limits, following a report of a potential radioactive leak. The Taishan Nuclear Power Plant is jointly owned by China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group and French multinational electric utility Électricité de… → Read More

Reports: Organizer of Hong Kong's Tiananmen vigil arrested

HONG KONG (AP) — A member of the committee that organizes Hong Kong's annual candlelight vigil for the victims of the Tiananmen Square crackdown was arrested early Friday on the 32nd anniversary, local media reported. Public broadcaster RTHK and others reported Chow Hang Tung, the vice chair of The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, was arrested by police… → Read More

China's silencing of Tiananmen tributes extends to Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AP) — For years, China has quashed any discussion on the mainland of its bloody 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, nearly erasing what happened from the collective consciousness. Now it may be Hong Kong's turn, as China's ruling Communist Party pulls the city more directly into its orbit. → Read More

Hong Kong democracy leaders given jail terms amid crackdown

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court on Friday sentenced five leading pro-democracy advocates, including media tycoon Jimmy Lai, to up to 18 months in prison for organizing and participating in a massive march during 2019 anti-government protests that triggered an overwhelming crackdown from Beijing. → Read More