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Old August 25th, 2017, 01:37 AM   #1161
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The price to pay is not losing our prized legal system and freedom. Are you aware of the legal enforcement arrangements at the Hong Kong terminus?
Prized by whom? Well aware.
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Old August 25th, 2017, 06:50 PM   #1162
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Prized by whom? Well aware.
To mainlanders, they can't tell the difference. They won't know anyway. We on the other side of the firewall know better.
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Old September 22nd, 2017, 11:01 AM   #1163
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Let Hongkongers challenge joint checkpoint plan now before it’s too late, veteran lawyer argues
Democratic Party founding chairman claims proposal for high-speed rail link would ‘uplift and disapply’ local laws and city’s mini-constitution
September 22, 2017
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Hong Kong residents challenging a controversial joint checkpoint arrangement that would apply mainland laws in the city should be allowed to step in now before it is too late, a veteran barrister has argued.

Representing clients on Friday at the High Court, Democratic Party founding chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming SC said the proposed arrangement would “uplift and disapply” local laws, the Basic Law, and the Sino-British Joint Declaration signed before the city’s handover to Beijing.

The checkpoint co-location proposal would see mainland criminal laws applied in part of the West Kowloon terminus, where the high-speed rail link between Hong Kong and Guangzhou is to be housed. The arrangement would undermine the city’s autonomy, depriving Hongkongers of the protection of local laws, Lee added.

“It’s surprising anyone in the government could have thought of it,” he said of the proposal as he raised fears it could one day spread to other areas in Hong Kong.

The barrister is representing former civil servant Kwok Cheuk-kin in one legal challenge, and social worker Hendick Lui Chi-hang and retiree William Li Ka-lim in another. The three were asking the court to allow them to lodge judicial reviews against the joint immigration arrangement.

To succeed, they must demonstrate their case is “reasonably arguable”.

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Old September 27th, 2017, 03:42 PM   #1164
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High Court rejects legal bid against Hong Kong-mainland rail checkpoint plan
Pair vow to fight on after judge says their bid was ‘premature’
September 27, 2017
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A Hong Kong court on Wednesday threw out two applications for permission to lodge judicial reviews against a controversial joint checkpoint arrangement that would see mainland laws applied in Hong Kong.

Adopting a key argument advanced by the government, Mr Justice Anderson Chow Ka-ming said the two leave applications were filed prematurely and there are no exceptional circumstances – as the law requires – for the court to entertain the proposed challenges.

“I consider it to be plain that the challenge of the [Chief Executive in Council] decision is premature such that leave to apply for judicial review should not be granted,” Chow wrote in a 28-page judgment.

But the setback did not dampen the spirits of the two applicants who were accompanied by more than three dozen supporters to collect the judgment from the High Court on Wednesday.

“I’ll file again at a later stage then,” former civil servant Kwok Cheuk-kin said.

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Old September 29th, 2017, 06:45 PM   #1165
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Hong Kong to Mainland High-Speed Rail System Is Ahead of Schedule

http://www.caixinglobal.com/2017-09-29/101152218.html

Progress on the Hong Kong section of its planned link to the mainland’s high-speed rail system was ahead of schedule during the second quarter of 2017, according to a document released by the Hong Kong government.

The Hong Kong section of the 140-kilometer (87-mile) Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link was 94.3% complete as of June 30, a report by the city’s Legislative Council said. The city had previously planned to complete 88.9% of the project by that date.

The rail link, which will cut trips between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland to under 15 minutes, is expected to begin running in the third quarter of 2018.
Most major construction work on the rail link has progressed faster than expected, the report said, with the exception of work on the West Kowloon Terminus, the planned city-center station. Parts of the station, including its external wall and entrance building, still require “continual and close monitoring,” the report said.

All nine high-speed trains ordered by the special administrative region’s MTR Corp. Ltd. and built by CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co. Ltd. have arrived in Hong Kong from the northern Chinese seaside city of Qingdao, the report added. This means Hong Kong is now connected with the 20,000-kilometer national high-speed rail network, it said.
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Old September 30th, 2017, 01:55 PM   #1166
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Progress on the Hong Kong section of its planned link to the mainland’s high-speed rail system was ahead of schedule during the second quarter of 2017, according to a document released by the Hong Kong government.

The Hong Kong section of the 140-kilometer (87-mile) Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link was 94.3% complete as of June 30, a report by the city’s Legislative Council said. The city had previously planned to complete 88.9% of the project by that date.

The rail link, which will cut trips between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland to under 15 minutes, is expected to begin running in the third quarter of 2018.
Most major construction work on the rail link has progressed faster than expected, the report said, with the exception of work on the West Kowloon Terminus, the planned city-center station. Parts of the station, including its external wall and entrance building, still require “continual and close monitoring,” the report said.

All nine high-speed trains ordered by the special administrative region’s MTR Corp. Ltd. and built by CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co. Ltd. have arrived in Hong Kong from the northern Chinese seaside city of Qingdao, the report added. This means Hong Kong is now connected with the 20,000-kilometer national high-speed rail network, it said.
But they delayed the opening due to construction issues and budget overruns. So they are ahead of schedule from the delay, but still overall delayed?
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Old October 8th, 2017, 01:40 PM   #1167
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Cross Border trains unveiled to public, officials say project on track to connect Canton with the West Kowloon terminus by Q3 2018

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Old October 11th, 2017, 05:55 PM   #1168
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October 4, 2017
Govt plans to move motion over co-location
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HONG KONG - The government will table a motion to the Legislative Council in late October seeking support for the joint checkpoint plan for the high-speed rail in Hong Kong, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said on Tuesday.

The move comes after opinion polls show that the plan has majority support in the city.

Lam said LegCo should draw conclusions based on public opinion. Then, the government could launch its three-step process to implement the co-location arrangement at the West Kowloon Station after debating it, she added.

The motion is a non-binding one.

Lam made the remarks when meeting the press just before the weekly Executive Council meeting. The CE said she was confident that the motion would be supported by most lawmakers during a LegCo meeting on Oct 25.

Lam also revealed the timetable for carrying out the government’s three-step process after LegCo debates it.

She said the special administrative region government would spend around a month working out details of the co-location arrangement with mainland authorities. It would then submit it to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress for approval in December.

Lam added that local legislation for the arrangement, as the final step of the government’s three-step process in co-location implementation, would start at the beginning of 2018. It would be brought before LegCo in February.
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Old October 12th, 2017, 06:08 PM   #1169
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Considering the rail link is also being operated by MTR, I wonder will they offer seamless ticketing to the MTR metro train service?
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Old October 15th, 2017, 05:27 PM   #1170
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Considering the rail link is also being operated by MTR, I wonder will they offer seamless ticketing to the MTR metro train service?
No. Tickets will likely line with the CRH so passengers don't need to get a new ticket beyond Guangzhou.
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Old October 17th, 2017, 08:22 AM   #1171
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Carrie Lam pushes for October 25 start to Legco debate on high-speed rail link border checkpoint
Chief Executive says ‘time will be very tight’ if debate is delayed, as government aims to get Beijing’s endorsement for the plan by end of this year
October 17, 2017
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Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said on Tuesday that the government would push for lawmakers to debate, in just over a week, her border checkpoint plan giving mainland officials almost full jurisdiction over a section of a Hong Kong train terminal.

She aimed for October 25 as a start date.

To do this, the government would, at Wednesday’s Legislative Council meeting, seek the adjournment of a “potentially lengthy” debate on stamp duties to November.

The Hong Kong government in July proposed leasing to the mainland a quarter of the West Kowloon terminus of its under-construction HK$84.4 billion high-speed rail link to Guangzhou. National laws would apply in the leased area.

Hong Kong would put local immigration, quarantine and customs facilities in the area as well. Giving an example of why this was necessary, the government said that without mainland law enforced in the area, there could be an influx of criminals and asylum seekers from the mainland to the city.

Pro-democracy lawmakers argued that this goes against the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, which says that under the “one country, two systems” principle, mainland law does not apply in the city. Government officials retorted that the area would be leased to the mainland, though it acknowledged that it would first need to get authorisation from China’s legislative body, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee.
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Old October 18th, 2017, 04:05 AM   #1172
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KCRC in 50-year deal for link land
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The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation will pay a nominal premium of HK$1,000 on a 50-year land lease to be used for the Guangzhou-Shenzhen- Hong Kong Express Rail Link.

According to the Chief Executive in Council, the KCRC will also pay the government an annual rent equivalent to 3 percent of the rateable value of the land.

The Transport and Housing Bureau said it did not expect to recover the construction costs of the express rail through the agreement.

The KCRC is wholly owned by the government. Since the merger with MTRCL in 2007, the KCRC has become an asset holder of the East Rail system. The MTRCL is allowed to operate its line under a service concession agreement.

A similar arrangement will apply to the express rail, according to a document sent to lawmakers yesterday. The government will assign the land occupied by the express rail to the KCRC, which will allow the MTRCL to operate the rail under a service agreement.

The MTRCL should be formally appointed as the express rail operator by December. It will pay the recurrent operation costs. The bureau explained that the land concerned includes an about 26-kilometer underground rail line, an emergency rescue station and maintenance facilities in Shek Kong, eight ventilation buildings and one emergency access point along the line, and the West Kowloon station.

"While the government will not recuperate the capital costs of the express rail - HK$84.62 billion - under the proposed land and asset holding arrangements, the government will receive dividends from the KCRC from the operation of the express rail if there are profits arising from the latter," the bureau stated.

By the end of the agreement period, the government will get back the ownership of a fully operational express rail system.

The government has decided to build the rail on its own and allow the MTRCL to operate it, as there would be a substantial funding gap if the rail firm was asked to build and own it, it stated.
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Hong Kong MTR vows quality checks on high-speed rail link amid Kobe Steel scandal
Railway operator emphasises all trains must pass safety and performance tests before entering service
Oct. 19, 2017
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The MTR Corporation has promised to closely follow up with the train carriage manufacturer for its high-speed railway project linking Hong Kong and Guangzhou after reports that subpar materials may have been used during production.

The firm emphasised all trains must pass safety and performance tests before entering service.

But it did not specify whether extra steps were needed or the commissioning of the HK$84 billion project, slated for September next year, would be delayed.

News agency FactWire reported on Wednesday that Qingdao Sifang, the manufacturer of the rolling stock, had procured raw materials from Kobe Steel in 2013.

Kobe Steel was found earlier this month to have falsified inspection data to cheat compliance tests, with the misrepresentations possibly dating back as far as 10 years.

The Japanese steelmaker told FactWire on Tuesday that it could only verify by the end of October whether the aluminium used on Hong Kong’s trains were safe.

Concerns escalated when it was revealed Qingdao Sifang imported the materials through intermediary Kawasaki Heavy Industries, which has a business relationship with Kobe Steel.
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