Older Hongkongers taking over the web

Central Station | Nury Vittachi 19 Oct 2020

Move over, kiddies! More than 800,000 old folk in Hong Kong have stormed into the online world, a study shows.

In 2001, fewer than one in one hundred of this city's over-65s used the internet, but today, more than 62 percent use it regularly, according to new data from the Census and Statistics Department.

Two out of three oldies even have their own smartphones, researchers said.

These days, Hong Kong has more than 1.3 million over-65s, which is more than all the teens, children, and babies put together.

If TikTok hadn't banned itself from Hong Kong, half the clips would be full of your ancient neighbors doing hip-hop dance steps.

A boat containing 12 mainlanders illegally ventured into Hong Kong waters, the government announced on Saturday. They were charged and will appear at Fan Ling magistrates' courts this morning.

Twelve of them! Arrested in a boat!

This is where we wait for international outrage over the arrests. We wait and wait. and wait

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Folk who can't read Chinese are advised to fall over in this sign from a safari park in Shenzhen.

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This column reported on Friday about a record-breaking rush by US investors to buy Beijing government bonds.

Well, it turns out that British investors got there first, investing 3 billion (HK$30 billion) in the Chinese government this year, according to London broker AJ Bell.

While Western politicians run away with their noses in the air, investors are flocking in the opposite direction.

Which group is better informed about the future, do you think?

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week: "The State Department will henceforth request think tanks that accept money from foreign governments disclose this information to the public." A well-placed little bird tells us that Pompeo's department sends secret money to a certain think tank in Hong Kong. You go first, Mikey.

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Our item celebrating the achievements of Gordon Wu Ying-sheung inspired lots of memories from readers, who pointed out that he visualized many of Asia's top infrastructure projects before everyone else - including the bridge to Macau and Zhuhai, the raised transit system in Bangkok, and even the Belt and Road project. "I still have his famous vision map of the Asian highway," said KS Chin.

Others congratulated him for realizing that the Chinese had a talent for business before anyone else. "I remember his famous quote," said Nancy Chen. "He said: 'In my 20 years of dealing with China, I have never met a communist.'"

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Further to last week's note that Hong Kong tourism officials want shops to move to contactless payments, reader Gillian Kew said stores in the UK are moving to self-scanned purchases only. "The assistant stands there looking like a gate crasher at the weirdest party ever," she said.

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Last July, a reader sent me a quote from an international law convention: "The foundation of the rule of law in international crime cooperation is the return of fugitives," it said.

Or to put it another way, Hong Kong's handling of Chan Tong-kai shows it follows the rule of law - and Taiwan's refusal to play its part shows it has completely abandoned it.

And once again, we wait for international censure of Taiwan.

And we wait and we wait and we wait

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