Tag: Hong Kong Protests (2019)

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 Security Law Brings the Beijing Treatment

After the Chinese legislature unanimously passed the national security law that would curb free speech and protests in Hong Kong, my initial thought was, “Is Hong Kong just like Beijing now?” The first time I felt that Hong Kong was becoming like Beijing was in the spring of 2017. I had been invited to lunch […]

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Hong Kong Security Law Sends a 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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China’s National Security Law for Hong Kong, Explained

The sweeping new national security law that China imposed on Hong Kong, aimed at stamping out opposition to the ruling Communist Party in the former British colony, is as “devastating” as some critics feared, a human-rights activist said on Wednesday. Conceived in secrecy and passed on Tuesday without serious public input, the law sets up […]

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China Imposes Security Law on Hong Kong, Brushing Aside Opponents

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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China Passes Hong Kong Security Law Granting Beijing Sweeping Powers

China passed a contentious new law for Hong Kong on Tuesday that would empower the authorities to crack down on opposition to Beijing, risking deeper rifts with Western governments that have warned about the erosion of freedoms in the territory. Lawmakers in Beijing voted unanimously to approve the national security law for Hong Kong, according […]

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China’s New National Security Law Looms Over Hong Kong

Chinese lawmakers meeting from Sunday could approve a national security law as early as this week, drastically curbing political protest and dissent in Hong Kong and adding to China’s tensions with Western powers. The National People’s Congress Standing Committee — an arm of China’s Communist Party-run legislature — discussed the draft law this month, and […]

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Hong Kong Protests: In Seizing Control, China Sidelines its Allies

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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Hong Kong Protests: Martin Lee, ‘Father of Democracy,’ Caught Between Extremes

HONG KONG — He was once the most popular politician in Hong Kong, known by many as the “father of democracy.” He helped write the mini-Constitution that enshrined the city’s prized freedoms that mainland China lacks. For nearly four decades, he provoked Beijing by crusading for civil liberties, yet remained a respected part of Hong […]

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Hong Kong’s National Security Law, Explained

Chinese lawmakers have been meeting behind closed doors in Beijing this week to push forward a proposed national security law that could drastically curtail free political expression in Hong Kong and add to China’s tensions with the West. A session of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee — the Communist country’s top legislative body — […]

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Hong Kong Protests, One Year Later

One year ago on Tuesday, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in Hong Kong gathered for a march that became the start of the semiautonomous Chinese city’s biggest political crisis and the broadest expression of public anger with Beijing in decades. In the months that followed, protesters filled the city’s streets, broke into the local legislature […]

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Tiananmen Vigil Organizers Say They Will Defy Hong Kong Police Ban

HONG KONG — The organizers of an annual vigil in Hong Kong for the violent crackdown on the Tiananmen protests in China said they plan to gather Thursday evening despite a first-ever police ban of the event. Hong Kong, which has far greater civil liberties than mainland China, has always been the most important site […]

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For Hong Kong, Tiananmen Looms Over the Future

On every June 4 since 1990, huge crowds of Hong Kongers joined in a vigil to remember the loss of lives, and the loss of ideals, in Tiananmen Square in 1989, when Chinese tanks and soldiers crushed a monthslong protest in Beijing calling for democratic changes to China’s one-party rule. This year, for the first […]

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Boris Johnson Pledges to Admit 3 Million From Hong Kong to U.K.

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson raised the stakes in a confrontation with China over Hong Kong on Wednesday, promising to allow nearly three million people eligible for a British overseas passport to live and work in Britain, if Beijing were to impose a new security law on the former British colony. Mr. Johnson’s promise, […]

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China May Sacrifice Hong Kong to Achieve its Goals

HONG KONG — China long depended on Hong Kong to be everything it was not. The city’s freewheeling capitalism and personal freedoms, both absent from the mainland, made it one of the world’s premier financial hubs. Together, they flourished for decades. Now China is doing what was once unthinkable: imposing its will on Hong Kong […]

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As Protests Engulf the United States, China Revels in the Unrest

The cartoon shows the Statue of Liberty cracking into pieces, a police officer breaking through its copper robe. A man’s head lies on the ground in front of the White House, its facade splattered with blood. “Beneath human rights,” says the title of the cartoon, which was published by People’s Daily, the Chinese Communist Party’s […]

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Hong Kong Bans Tiananmen Vigil for 1st Time, in New Challenge to Protests

Hong Kong on Monday prohibited for the first time the annual June 4 vigil to honor victims of the pro-democracy Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, which the Chinese government crushed with deadly force. The prohibition order was issued by the Hong Kong police force, and came less than a week after the Chinese Communist authorities […]

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Beijing Threatens Hong Kong’s Companies and Workers

HONG KONG — China and its allies are using threats and pressure to get business to back Beijing’s increasingly hard-line stance toward Hong Kong, leading companies to muzzle or intimidate workers who speak out in protest. Leung Chun-ying, Hong Kong’s former top leader, on Friday called for a boycott of HSBC, the London bank, because […]

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Hong Kong’s Protest Movement, Faced with Beijing’s Security Push, is In Crisis

HONG KONG — Protesters have deleted their social media accounts, afraid that their messages could be used against them under China’s new national security laws. Young parents have scoured the internet for instructions on emigration. Organizers have planned rallies, only to cancel them at the last minute in the face of impenetrable police blockades. Hong Kong’s […]

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Student Activist in Australia Is Suspended After China Protests

SYDNEY, Australia — A student activist has been suspended from one of Australia’s leading universities after calling for democracy in Hong Kong and repeatedly criticizing Chinese influence on campus. The student, Drew Pavlou, 20, a philosophy major at the University of Queensland, has been barred until 2022, through the end of his term as a […]

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Student Activist in Australia Is Suspended After China Protests

SYDNEY, Australia — A student activist has been suspended from one of Australia’s leading universities after calling for democracy in Hong Kong and repeatedly criticizing Chinese influence on campus. The student, Drew Pavlou, 20, a philosophy major at the University of Queensland, has been barred until 2022, through the end of his term as a […]

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China Pressures Hong Kong to Support Security Law

HONG KONG — Pro-China canvassers are pressing wary Hong Kong residents for signatures. The city’s business tycoons are declaring their faith in the Chinese government. Local officials, senior and junior alike, are stepping up to pledge their support, mimicking wooden displays of fealty that are a staple of Communist Party politics in the mainland. The […]

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China Pressures Hong Kong to Support Security Law

HONG KONG — Pro-China canvassers are pressing wary Hong Kong residents for signatures. The city’s business tycoons are declaring their faith in the Chinese government. Local officials, senior and junior alike, are stepping up to pledge their support, mimicking wooden displays of fealty that are a staple of Communist Party politics in the mainland. The […]

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Why the U.S. May Remove Hong Kong’s ‘Special Status’

Hong Kong risks becoming collateral damage in the growing rivalry between China and the United States. Chinese leaders have moved to extend Beijing’s grip over the former British colony. In response, officials in Washington are considering whether to strip away the special status they have long afforded the semiautonomous territory, which has helped it build […]

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Why the U.S. May Remove Hong Kong’s ‘Special Status’

Hong Kong risks becoming collateral damage in the growing rivalry between China and the United States. Chinese leaders have moved to extend Beijing’s grip over the former British colony. In response, officials in Washington are considering whether to strip away the special status they have long afforded the semiautonomous territory, which has helped it build […]

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Hong Kong Protests China’s Tightening Grip: An Explainer

The protests in Hong Kong this past week have many of the hallmarks of the antigovernment demonstrations last year that came to define the territory’s biggest political crisis in decades. Protesters have tried to target the legislative chambers. They have marched on the streets and waved banners. They have tried to stop traffic. This year, […]

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Protesters in Hong Kong Rally Against China’s Tightening Grip

HONG KONG — Thousands of protesters in Hong Kong defied police orders on Wednesday as they took to the streets and gathered in shopping malls to voice their outrage at the Chinese Communist Party’s moves to tighten the grip over the semiautonomous region. Riot police officers fired pepper balls into crowds in Central, a business […]

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China’s Military Vows to Defend the Country’s Interests in Hong Kong

The commander of China’s military garrison in Hong Kong said in an interview posted Tuesday that forces stationed there would “resolutely” protect the country’s national security interests, a pointed reminder of Beijing’s ultimate power to enforce its rule over the semiautonomous territory. The commander’s remarks came as Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, defended the […]

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Ignoring Coronavirus Fears, Hong Kong Protesters Rally Against China’s Push

HONG KONG — The police fired tear gas in a busy Hong Kong commercial district on Sunday as hundreds gathered to protest China’s push to tighten its control over the semiautonomous region with security legislation. Many residents see the move by China’s ruling Communist Party to impose national security laws in Hong Kong as a […]

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‘I Am Just Hong Kong’: A City’s Fate in China’s Hands

Hong Kong was born at the crossroad of empires, a hybrid of British and Chinese parentage. It may fade there, too. This “barren rock,” as an envoy of Queen Victoria once called it, transformed into one of the world’s first truly global cities, a place where international finance has thrived as its people created a […]

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