Tag: Beijing (China)

She Didn’t Do It for You, Hong Kong

At long last, on Wednesday Carrie Lam, the leader of Hong Kong, announced, along with a few other largely symbolic measures, the formal withdrawal of the contentious extradition bill that set off a summer of protests. But this is a totally unacceptable response to the crisis facing the city. And no less than her earlier […]

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The High School Course Beijing Accuses of Radicalizing Hong Kong

HONG KONG — They are sitting in orderly rows, wearing neatly pressed uniforms. But in this class, as they debate the merits of democracy and civil rights, Hong Kong high school students are prompting Beijing to worry that they are increasingly out of control. The mandatory civics course known here as liberal studies has been […]

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Hong Kong Is Where Peaceniks and Radicals Unite

HONG KONG — How and why have Hong Kongers managed to keep going for months, and in such large numbers, waging wave after wave of protest to oppose encroachment from China, despite the vast differences among them? One major point of contention concerns whether to resort to nonpeaceful action and how close to skirt with […]

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Hong Kong’s Challenge to Xi Jinping’s Iron Rule

The Chinese government says the Hong Kong demonstrators are radicals using “conduct close to terrorism” to wrest their home back into the Western camp. But terrorists and zealots rarely apologize for violence or promise to learn from their mistakes. No, the protesters in Hong Kong are not the small band of pro-Western troublemakers who Beijing […]

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Is a Crackdown Coming in Hong Kong?

With the Hong Kong government paralyzed by mass protests, the chances of armed intervention from Beijing, once unthinkable, are rising by the day. Far from hiding its intent, Beijing has been parading it in full view over the past week. The protesters, initially reviled as mobs, have been rebranded by Chinese officials as criminals and […]

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The Battle for Hong Kong Is Being Fought in Sydney and Vancouver

MELBOURNE — As the police deploy tear gas against protesters on the streets of Hong Kong, another battle is raging less visibly: the one for narrative control. After weeks of asserting that the unrest had been orchestrated by foreign “black hands,” Chinese officials on Monday accused protesters of showing the first signs of “terrorism.” Such […]

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China Is Waging a Disinformation War Against Hong Kong Protesters

BEIJING — When a projectile struck a Hong Kong woman in the eye this week as protesters clashed with the police, China responded quickly: Its state television network reported that the woman had been injured not by one of the police’s bean bag rounds, but by a protester. The network’s website went further: It posted […]

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Protests Put Hong Kong on Collision Course with China’s Communist Party

HONG KONG — As anti-government demonstrations escalate in Hong Kong, each side is staking out increasingly polarized positions, making it difficult to find a path to compromise between the protesters and China’s ruling Communist Party. The demonstrations, which began as a fight against a bill that would have allowed Hong Kong residents to be extradited […]

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Trump’s Trade War Is Breeding Patriots in China

BEIJING — Earlier this week the Chinese government aggressively devalued its currency — the clearest sign yet that it is hunkering down for a protracted fight with the United States over trade. Currency devaluation is the mother of all retaliations. The move, designed to help offset the Trump administration’s tariffs against China, could goad America […]

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Hong Kong Strikes, and Strikes a Nerve in Beijing

ImageA protester blocking a train door during a general strike in Hong Kong on Monday.CreditAnthony Wallace/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images HONG KONG — Anyone who thought that the antigovernment demonstrations rocking Hong Kong this summer were just the doing of radicalized youngsters should think again. On Monday, the first general strike in the city in […]

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The Forbidden City Opens Wide as China Projects New Pride in Its Past

ImageVisitors now throng the Forbidden City in Beijing.CreditYan Cong for The New York Times BEIJING — For much of the past century, the Forbidden City has been an imposing void in the otherwise bustling heart of Beijing. The 180-acre compound, where emperors and their advisers plotted China’s course for centuries, was stripped of its purpose […]

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Fan Bingbing, China’s Top Actress, Talks of Comeback After Scandal

BEIJING — For more than half her life, the actress Fan Bingbing was an icon of China’s booming film and television industry, who evolved from girl-next-door roles into an international star and fashion celebrity. Then last year, her career was convulsed by a tax scandal that precipitated her spectacular fall from public grace and tarnished […]

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Gangs of Hong Kong

ImageProtesters amid tear gas near China’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong last month.CreditTyrone Siu/Reuters The effects of the Hong Kong protests are spreading — to bakeries, bandits and Beijing. As messages supporting the demonstrations began appearing on the pastry skin of seasonal mooncakes, opposition to the protests suddenly took the form of muscle from the […]

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Good for Google, Bad for America

A “Manhattan Project” for artificial intelligence is how Demis Hassabis, the founder of DeepMind, described his company in 2010, when I was one of its first investors. I took it as figurative grandiosity. I should have taken it as a literal warning sign, because that is how it was taken in foreign capitals that were […]

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China Backs Hong Kong Officials, but Leaves Protests for Them to Solve

BEIJING — The Chinese government on Monday laid down its firm support of Hong Kong’s embattled leader and police force but failed to offer any clear solutions after two months of rolling protests that have flared into violence and stoked opposition to Chinese rule. Chinese officials made a strongly worded defense of the local Hong […]

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You Can’t Force People to Assimilate. So Why Is China at It Again?

The Chinese government’s campaign of internment in the northwestern region of Xinjiang is extraordinary, by dint of its scale — but also, its contradictions. Up to 1.5 million people from predominantly Muslim Turkic minorities — Uighurs, Kazakhs and Kyrgyz — have been arbitrarily detained in political re-education camps designed in part to make them renounce […]

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Hong Kong Is a Work in Progress

HONG KONG — July 1, the anniversary of the day that Hong Kong was reunified with mainland China in 1997, ought to be an occasion for celebration. It marks the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region under the “one country, two systems” — the first such region in China. Yet on Monday, the […]

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A Movement, and a Country, Torn by Protests

When hundreds of thousands marched through the broiling streets of Hong Kong in recent weeks, they posed a serious challenge for the Chinese government. But when some of them stormed the Legislative Council and ransacked the chamber on Monday, they put their movement’s fragile gains at risk. What first set off the latest wave of […]

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What the Hong Kong Protests Are Really About

When hundreds of thousands of my fellow Hong Kongers took to the streets to demonstrate last month, most of the world saw people protesting provocative legislation that would allow extraditions to mainland China. But the Chinese government, which supported the extradition measure, had a much broader view of the protests. It recognized them as the […]

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