With Protests Curbed, Hong Kong’s Opposition Looks to the Ballot Box

HONG KONG — Clutching a microphone outside a busy subway station, Gwyneth Ho, a pro-democracy candidate for Hong Kong’s legislature, made an unlikely pitch: Voting for her was, she conceded, potentially pointless. Under a new, far-reaching national security law imposed by the central Chinese government, speaking out against the authorities could be deemed criminal. Opposition […]

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Majority of U.S. firms in Hong Kong concerned about security law: Amcham

HONG KONG (Reuters) – A majority of U.S. companies in Hong Kong surveyed by the American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham) are concerned about the sweeping new national security law in the global financial hub, with a third looking to move assets or business longer-term. The legislation, which punishes secession subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign […]

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To ‘Protect Young Minds,’ Hong Kong Moves to Overhaul Schools

Starting this fall, schools in Hong Kong will display colorful new government-issued posters declaring that “freedom comes with responsibilities.” Administrators may now call the police if anyone insults the Chinese national anthem on campus. Students as young as kindergartners will be taught about a new national security law that gives the authorities the power to […]

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Hong Kong Police Raid Pollster on Eve of Pro-Democracy Camp Primary

HONG KONG — The Hong Kong police raided the office of an independent polling institute on Friday, on the eve of a primary vote for the city’s pro-democracy camp, raising concerns of official interference in a campaign for the local legislature. The police action followed Beijing’s imposition of a sweeping security law in the city, […]

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Hong Kong suspends plans for school reopening weeks after relaxing coronavirus lockdown restrictions

Hong Kong officials announced Friday that they are suspending classes in kindergarten, primary, and secondary schools after a recent spike in new coronavirus cases. The government said the semi-autonomous Chinese territory reported 42 new cases of the virus on Thursday, 34 of which were locally transmitted from elderly homes or restaurants where known positive cases of […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Chinese virologist accuses Beijing of coronavirus cover-up, flees Hong Kong: ‘I know how they treat whistleblowers’

EXCLUSIVE: Hong Kong scientist Dr. Li-Meng Yan was stepping into uncharted territory. Hours before she boarded an April 28 Cathay Pacific flight to the United States, the respected doctor who specialized in virology and immunology at the Hong Kong School of Public Health had plotted her escape, packing her bag and sneaking past the censors and video […]

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Explainer: Dollar peg is critical to Hong Kong amid U.S. threats, China worries

© Reuters. Illustration photo of a Hong Kong dollar note By Noah Sin HONG KONG (Reuters) – China’s national security law for Hong Kong and moves by the United States to begin withdrawing privileges enjoyed by the city under U.S. law have unsettled investors. They have also raised fears about the stability of the Hong […]

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Australia Halts Hong Kong Extradition Agreement and Extends Visas

HONG KONG — Australia will suspend its extradition agreement with Hong Kong because of the new national security law imposed by China and extend temporary visas for Hong Kongers in the country, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday. The announcement, which came on the heels of Canada’s suspension of its extradition treaty with Hong […]

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China’s Leash on Hong Kong Tightens, Choking a Broadcaster

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s public broadcaster has long been a rare example of a government-funded news organization operating on Chinese soil that fearlessly attempts to hold officials accountable. The broadcaster, Radio Television Hong Kong, dug into security footage last year to show how the police failed to respond when a mob attacked protesters in […]

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Hong Kong national security law puts Taiwan on edge

The passage of a national security law on Hong Kong has put Taiwan on edge, with pro-democracy activists fearing that Beijing will soon have the self-ruled island in its crosshairs. China and Taiwan’s relationship has remained tense for decades. But Beijing has taken an especially hard-line approach with Taiwan, since the 2016 election of President […]

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Hong Kong leader claims new national security law is not ‘doom and gloom’ despite TikTok pulling out

Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam said Tuesday the new national security law imposed by China does not spell all “doom and gloom” despite TikTok announcing it will abruptly pull out of the territory. “Surely, this is not doom and gloom for Hong Kong,” Lam, the territory’s Beijing-backed leader, said at her weekly press conference, […]

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Facebook Temporarily Stops Hong Kong Data Requests

Facebook said on Monday that it would temporarily stop processing Hong Kong government requests for user data as the company reviews a sweeping national security law that has chilled political expression in the city. The social network’s assessment of the law, which has already been used to arrest people who have called for Hong Kong […]

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Hong Kong protester first to be charged under new security law is denied bail

A man caught carrying a sign with the message “Liberate Hong Kong” became the first person charged under its controversial new security law – and he has been denied bail, reports say. Tong Ying-kit, 23, was arrested last week after video purportedly showed him driving his motorcycle into numerous police officers during a protest against the legislation imposed by China, according to […]

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U.K. Grants Asylum to Ex-Consulate Worker Who Told of Torture in China

HONG KONG — A former employee of the British Consulate in Hong Kong who said he was tortured by the authorities in mainland China last year has been given asylum in Britain. The disappearance last year of the consulate worker, Simon Cheng, during the height of pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong highlighted the issues that […]

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Hong Kong’s New Weapon Against Protesters: A Purple Warning Flag

Just hours after China imposed its tough new national security law on Hong Kong, the city’s police force deployed a new weapon in its running battle with protesters: a purple flag warning demonstrators that shouting certain slogans or carrying banners could now bring criminal charges. The city’s police force has often used different flags in […]

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Hundreds arrested in Hong Kong after China imposes new national security law

More than 300 people have been arrested in Hong Kong protests Wednesday, including nine accused of violating a new national security law that Western powers argue takes away the territory’s semi-autonomous status and gives China unprecedented power over the city. Thousands gathered in Hong Kong’s Times Square on Wednesday to protest against the national security law, raising their hands […]

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‘It Could Be Anyone’: Hong Kong Security Law Sends Chill Over the City

HONG KONG — A museum that commemorates the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre is rushing to digitize its archives, afraid its artifacts could be seized. Booksellers are nervously eyeing customers, worried they could be government spies. Writers have asked a news site to delete more than 100 articles, anxious that old posts could be used against […]

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Hong Kong police issue first arrest under China’s controversial security law

Police in Hong Kong on Wednesday said they issued their first arrest under the newly passed security law that critics say undermines the semi-autonomous territory’s judicial independence and gives China unprecedented power over the city. The man was arrested for carrying a flag that called for Hong Kong’s independence, the Associated Press reported. He was reportedly […]

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China’s new Hong Kong security law would impose life sentences on anyone guilty of these charges

Anyone in Hong Kong found guilty of secession, subversion or terrorism will now be sentenced to life in prison under the controversial new security law passed by China this week. The details emerging about the law, which went into effect Tuesday, come amid fresh concerns in Hong Kong and abroad that it will be used to curb opposition voices in the Asian […]

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Brushing Aside Opponents, Beijing Imposes Security Law on Hong Kong

A year after protesters in Hong Kong jubilantly defied Chinese rule, the national leader, Xi Jinping, has opened a long-term counteroffensive in the territory, signing a new security law on Tuesday that sets obedience to Beijing above the former British colony’s civil freedoms. Conceived in secrecy and passed with intimidating speed, the law has ignited […]

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Scientists Say New Strain of Swine Flu Virus Is Spreading to Humans in China

HONG KONG — A new strain of the H1N1 swine flu virus is spreading silently in workers on pig farms in China and should be “urgently” controlled to avoid another pandemic, a team of scientists says in a new study. H1N1 is highly transmissible and spread around the world in 2009, killing about 285,000 people […]

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Hong Kong police arrest dozens of protesters amid China’s review of national security bill

Hong Kong police arrested dozens of protesters Sunday during a demonstration against a controversial national security bill, which China’s legislature has begun to review. A crowd of several hundred opponents of the bill gathered for what was planned as a “silent protest” in the Kowloon district while armed riot police kept watch, Reuters reported. POMPEO: […]

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In Seizing Control, China Sidelines Its Allies in Hong Kong

BEIJING — China’s Communist Party has long pursued its agenda in Hong Kong by working through loyalists among the city’s top officials, lawmakers and tycoons. That behind-the-scenes approach was a key feature in preserving considerable autonomy for the territory. Now, as the party prepares to grab more power in Hong Kong after months of sometimes […]

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China’s legislature passes controversial draft of Hong Kong national security bill

China’s legislature reviewed and passed a draft of a national security bill for Hong Kong, which critics say jeopardizes the territory’s semi-autonomous standing. It’s the latest move by China to gain further control over Hong Kong. The bill, which was reviewed by the National People’s Congress’ Standing Committee addresses four new levels of criminal offenses […]

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Oprah picks James McBride’s ‘Deacon King Kong’ for book club

Oprah Winfrey has chosen James McBride’s “Deacon King Kong” for her book club. McBride’s novel is set in a Brooklyn housing project in 1969 and centers on the shooting of a drug dealer by an aging and tipsy church deacon. But it also pays tribute to community and to McBride’s own childhood in a Brooklyn […]

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