The Hong Kong government on Wednesday declared a sanction against the Philippines since Manila failed to make a formal apology and meet all other demands by families of victims died in a hostage crisis three years ago.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying on Wednesday said the central government backs Hong Kong's handling of the aftermath of a hostage tragedy in the Philippines three years ago.
Hong Kong's Department of Health (DH) Wednesday announced a new case of human infected with H7N9 as a 75-year-old man died Wednesday morning in the hospital.
Hong Kong's Chief Executive CY Leung on Tuesday questioned local residents' diet habit of cooking live poultry bought from market, since the deadly H7N9 bird flu has forced the government to cull thousands of live chickens to prevent spread of the epidemic.
Hong Kong's food and health authority on Monday evening confirmed a H7N9 bird flu case was found at a local agricultural products wholesale market and announced it will cull about 20,000 poultry in the market Tuesday morning.
Wang Yu-chi, Taiwan's mainland affairs chief, will lead a delegation to visit the Chinese mainland next month, a mainland spokesman announced on Tuesday.
The mainland's Taiwan affairs chief said that more opportunities will be provided for the peaceful development of cross-Straits relations with the mainland's deepening reform.
The leader of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party is maintaining a confrontational attitude toward the Chinese mainland, which threatens the peaceful development of cross-Straits relations.
The mainland and Taiwan have agreed not to set any limits on the number of cross-Straits flights added during the Spring Festival to deal with the travel peak.
The exam-free admissions policy has made universities on the Chinese mainland attractive destinations for Hong Kong students.
Trade volume between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan reached $197.2 billion last year amid closer cross-Straits ties, a year-on-year increase of 16.7 percent, a mainland spokesman said on Wednesday.
Hong Kong Chief Executive C Y Leung said Wednesday in his second policy address that environmental protection is one of the priorities of the current- term government and the plan of phasing out old diesel commercial vehicles will start in March.