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The Development Bureau announced that the Pierside Precinct near Wan Chai Ferry Pier further opened today, providing a nostalgic harbourfront leisure space with a panoramic view of Victoria Harbour for the public.   Being the 12th harbourfront leisure space that opened since October last year, the newly opened area is located to the east of the ferry pier on a harbour site reclaimed for the construction of the Central-Wan Chai Bypass.   The bureau said under the incremental approach, a 180-metre-long promenade of the precinct opened earlier in March, followed by the opening of a further 80m in October.   With an area of about 4,600 sq m, the newly opened part has almost doubled the precinct's original space.   In contrast to the colourful cartoon style adopted at other harbourfront sites opened earlier in Western District and Wan Chai, the precinct mainly comprises simple fair-faced concrete and wooden structures.   It features a stylish touch with its clear and rectiline

Lawful business unaffected: CE

(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   Chief Executive Carrie Lam today said the National Security Law has not driven people away from doing legitimate business in Hong Kong.   Ahead of the Executive Council meeting this morning, Mrs Lam told reporters that no organisation should be worried about their operations in the city provided such operations are done in accordance with the law.   Citing Article 27 of the Basic Law, she said: “The freedom of association, the freedom of assembly, the freedom of speech and so on are being guaranteed.”   The Chief Executive also supported her view by presenting a number of facts.   “According to the latest survey by the Census & Statistics Departments and InvestHK, as at June this year, the number of overseas and Mainland companies that set up offices or headquarters in Hong Kong was not reduced. In fact, it was another record-breaking number of over 9,000 such overseas and Mainland companies established in Hong Kong.   “Some important legal organisations at regional and international levels have also established offices in Hong Kong in the Hong Kong Legal Hub set up by the Department of Justice.”   A worldwide maritime conference was held last week, while the International Chamber of Shipping has set up in Hong Kong its first office outside of its headquarters, she added.   “So these are the facts which will give you the confidence that the National Security Law has not prevented or horrified people from doing their legitimate business in Hong Kong,” the Chief Executive said.
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