Hong Kong

Why Asian cities have the edge on revamping transportation

People cycle before the city skyline on a hazy day in Singapore in September.
People cycle before the city skyline on a hazy day in Singapore in September. Photo: Roslan Rahman/AFP via Getty Images.

A handful of cities in Asia are ahead when it comes to preparing for and implementing the next-generation of mobility — ranging from autonomous vehicles, electrification, shared car fleets and multimodal platforms.

Why it matters: People are cramming into cities around the globe, leading to congestion and denser development. That means personal vehicles are getting pushed aside for more efficient and sustainable modes of transportation.

Thousands march in Hong Kong after landslide election victories

A police officer stands guard as pro-democracy protesters march
A police officer stands guard as pro-democracy protesters march, Dec. 1. Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Thousands of people in Hong Kong marched to the U.S. Consulate on Sunday in a show of thanks to Congress and President Trump for passing and signing a law supporting their cause last week. Riot police responded with canisters of tear gas and rubber bullets after demonstrators threw bricks and smoke bombs, AP reports.

The big picture: The marches ended a brief lull in demonstrations after the region held elections for its district council, which saw pro-democracy candidates win a landslide victory. Some protesters said the marches were necessary to pressure city leader Carrie Lam to make concessions, as she has only accepted one of their five demands thus far — the withdrawal of the extradition bill that set off the months-long crisis.