Tag: Hong Kong

Amid Fears Over a New National Security Law, Taiwan is Seizing on an ‘Opportunity’ to Attract Hong Kongers

Chen Ming-tong (L), Minister of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, and Katharine Chang, Chairwoman of Taiwan–Hong Kong Economic and Cultural Co-operation Council, unveil a sign during a launch ceremony of the Taiwan-Hong Kong Office for Exchange and Services in Taipei on July1, 2020. Sam Yeh / AFP Taiwan on Wednesday officially cut the ribbon on a […]

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Amid Fears Over a New National Security Law, Taiwan is Seizing on an ‘Opportunity’ to Attract Hong Kongers

Chen Ming-tong (L), Minister of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, and Katharine Chang, Chairwoman of Taiwan–Hong Kong Economic and Cultural Co-operation Council, unveil a sign during a launch ceremony of the Taiwan-Hong Kong Office for Exchange and Services in Taipei on July1, 2020. Sam Yeh / AFP Taiwan on Wednesday officially cut the ribbon on a […]

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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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Here are Some of the Most Controversial Points of Hong Kong’s Dreaded Security Law

Riot police detain a man after they cleared protesters taking part in a rally against a new national security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020. DALE DE LA REY / AFP After weeks of speculation and concern surrounding the contents of Hong Kong’s national security law, Beijing on Tuesday night finally unveiled the […]

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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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How China’s Security Law Scammed Hong Kong

ImageA police officer in Hong Kong on Tuesday standing guard near protesters opposing Beijing’s new national security legislation for the city. The law criminalizes, among other things, threats to China’s national unity, including calls for Hong Kong to become independent from the mainland.Credit…Vincent Yu/Associated Press After many years of rejecting the people of Hong Kong’s […]

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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’s National Security Law Wins Business Support

HONG KONG — The business world has largely fallen in line behind China’s campaign to tighten its grip on Hong Kong, including its support for a new national security law that many residents fear will hurt the former British colony’s status as a laissez-faire, freethinking city. Beijing twisted some arms to win that support, hinting […]

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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 is Placing Visa Restrictions on US Officials Amid Diplomatic Row Over Hong Kong

In a continuation of China and the United States’ diplomatic tit-for-tat over Hong Kong, China announced on Monday that it is imposing visa restrictions on U.S. officials who have “behaved badly” in regards to the semi-autonomous territory. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian revealed the restrictions at a press conference, with the state-run tabloid Global […]

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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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Lotus Flower Plague-Repellent Pills and Other Gifts From China

CHICAGO — “The motherland is by your side” read the message printed on the plastic envelope. The characters were set in bright yellow against a crimson background, the same colors as on China’s national flag. “Genuine affection from 10,000 miles away.” This spring, as the novel coronavirus became a global pandemic, the Chinese government started […]

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China and America Are Heading Toward Divorce

My favorite story in John Bolton’s book about the Trump Fun House — sorry, White House — was that President Trump appealed to China’s leader to buy more U.S. agricultural products to boost Trump’s farm vote and his re-election. Donald: Stop begging. Both Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin have decided to vote for you. Don’t […]

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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 Style Baked Cheesy Rice Recipe

Servings: 4Prep time: 20 minutesTotal time: 45 minutes Ingredients for the tomato sauce:1 tablespoon canola oil 1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced1 garlic clove, minced1 large beefsteak tomato, roughly chopped 1 tablespoon unsalted butter1 ½ teaspoons all-purpose flour¼ cup|80 grams ketchup¾ teaspoon granulated sugarkosher salt, to taste for the cheesy rice:8 tablespoons|113 grams unsalted butter […]

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After Recent Blows, Can Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy Movement Endure?​

The annual June 4 gathering marking the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre at Hong Kong’s Victoria Park was a little different this year. Every year since 1989, when the Chinese government killed anywhere from 200 to over 10,000 people in a brutal crackdown on student-led demonstrations, thousands have assembled to commemorate Tiananmen with a […]

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A New Hong Kong Police Unit Will Work Closely With China on Feared Security Law

With fears running high in Hong Kong over the implementation of a Beijing-mandated national security law, the territory’s top security official disclosed that the Hong Kong Police Force is creating a new branch tasked with enforcing the controversial legislation in conjunction with mainland authorities. Hong Kong’s secretary for security, John Lee, revealed the plans for […]

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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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Protests and Coronavirus Are No Match for This Filipino Karaoke Bar in Hong Kong

It’s 7:30 PM on a Saturday and yet Hong Kong is quiet. It was late April and the coronavirus had killed the city’s social life but in a nondescript alley on Hong Kong Island, a Filipino bar stayed open. Inside, 63-year-old owner Julie Mangrobang sat hunched over a Candy Crush game. She usually greets customers […]

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Sweden’s Ex-Ambassador to China Is Tried Over Secret Meetings on Detainee

A former Swedish ambassador to China went on trial on Friday in Stockholm, charged with overstepping the boundaries of her role by arranging what prosecutors said were secret back-room meetings over the fate of a detained Hong Kong bookseller who is a Swedish citizen. The charges against the diplomat, Anna Lindstedt, relate to meetings she […]

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Tiananmen’s Other Children

At some point in late May 1989, amid weeks of demonstrations that brought several hundred thousand citizens demanding democratic reforms to Tiananmen Square, in Beijing, China’s leader, Deng Xiaoping, is reported to have declared that “200 dead could bring 20 years of peace.” By June 4, some 2,000 people, mostly local residents, had been killed. […]

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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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Traffic Cones, Leaf Blowers, and Other Brilliant Tactics U.S. Protesters Are Taking From Hong Kong’s Playbook

As a tear gas canister lands amid the chaos of a protest, a team descends on the device to cover it with a traffic cone to contain the smoke. Another group of activists douses it with water from a bottle. It’s a well-drilled technique that’s become familiar to millions around the world through widely-shared online […]

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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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Stop the Coronavirus Superspreaders

HONG KONG — You must have heard about some of these outbreaks; they’re almost emblematic of the Covid-19 pandemic by now: that megachurch in South Korea, meatpacking plants in the United States, a wedding in Jordan, funerals around the world. You’ve also probably heard of SARS-CoV-2’s R0 (R-naught), or basic reproductive number, the average number […]

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