Tag: Hong Kong

To Understand Hong Kong, Don’t Think About Tiananmen

HONG KONG — As Hong Kong’s sleepless summer of political strife wears on, not a day, nay, an hour, seems to go by without someone evoking the 1989 crackdown against another group of pro-democracy protesters in Beijing. On breathless postings on Twitter, people share pictures of military exercises by Chinese troops just across the border […]

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Calls to Boycott ‘Mulan’ Erupt After Star Voices Support for Hong Kong Police

HONG KONG — Supporters of the Hong Kong protests called for a boycott of Disney’s coming “Mulan” remake after its star, Liu Yifei, said she supported the city’s police, who have been criticized for their use of force against demonstrators. Ms. Liu this week reposted an image on Weibo, a Chinese social network similar to […]

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With Trump as President, the World Is Spiraling Into Chaos

Earlier this week, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, Asad Majeed Khan, visited The New York Times editorial board, and I asked him about the threat of armed conflict between his country and India over Kashmir. India and Pakistan have already fought two wars over the Himalayan territory, which both countries claim, and which is […]

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Cathay Pacific’s C.E.O. Resigns Amid Criticism From China

HONG KONG — The chief executive of Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong’s flag carrier, has resigned, the company said on Friday, after the airline faced intense criticism from the Chinese authorities and the state news media for its employees’ participation in the territory’s protests. Cathay’s chief executive, Rupert Hogg, had warned staff in the past […]

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Phone Checks at Hong Kong’s Border Worry Travelers to Mainland China

HONG KONG — Chinese border officers have begun routinely searching the phones of people who enter mainland China from Hong Kong, raising concerns that Beijing is trying to identify travelers sympathetic to the territory’s protest movement and further control what its people see about the unrest. During the phone checks, officers look through photos, messages […]

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Trump Says ‘Hong Kong Is Not Helping’ in Trade War With China

HONG KONG — In his most extensive comments on the months of unrest in Hong Kong, President Trump said on Wednesday that China should “humanely” settle the situation before a trade deal is reached. His comments, delivered on Twitter, for the first time tied the fate of pro-democracy protesters to a trade deal with China, […]

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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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‘Retake Hong Kong’: A Movement, a Slogan and an Identity Crisis

HONG KONG — He has been locked up for more than a year in a secluded island jail, but the bespectacled 28-year-old inmate, Edward Leung, is the closest thing Hong Kong’s tumultuous and leaderless protest movement has to a guiding light. He coined the protesters’ most widely chanted and, for China, most subversive slogan; he […]

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Hong Kong’s Economy Shudders as Its Airport Descends Into Chaos

HONG KONG — Violence and disarray at Hong Kong’s modern, efficient airport have cast a fresh shadow over the territory’s status as a global financial and business capital. Demonstrators largely retreated from the airport on Wednesday after two chaotic days in which hundreds of flights were canceled. Late Tuesday, protesters, police officers and passengers clashed […]

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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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Waning of American Power? Trump Struggles With an Asia in Crisis

WASHINGTON — For two and a half years, President Trump has said he is finally doing in Asia what he asserts his predecessor, Barack Obama, failed to achieve with a strategic pivot: strengthen American influence and rally partners to push back against China. But as violence escalates and old animosities are rekindled across Asia, Washington […]

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Inside Hong Kong’s Airport

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Protesters have flooded Hong Kong’s airport, paralyzing operations and escalating tensions between the semiautonomous territory and Beijing. The protesters are trying to send a message to government officials — and to people in mainland China. [For […]

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Hong Kong Protesters Apologize After Chaos at Airport

HONG KONG — Protesters began issuing apologies on Wednesday for causing disruptions at the Hong Kong airport, as fallout from scenes of violence and chaos there, along with a court injunction, threatened to eliminate the transportation hub as one of their most effective venues for demonstrations. Protests led the airport, one of the world’s busiest, […]

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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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‘Hong Kong Thing’ Is ‘Very Tough,’ but Trump Doesn’t Criticize China

WASHINGTON — President Trump, presenting himself as a neutral observer of the mass protests in Hong Kong, offered lukewarm support on Tuesday for pro-democracy demonstrators there but stopped short of criticizing the government in Beijing. In comments to reporters and in a series of afternoon tweets, Mr. Trump took no strong position on the demonstrations […]

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Hong Kong Airport, a City’s Symbol of Pride, Is Now Its Hub of Unrest

HONG KONG — Hong Kong International Airport — sleek, modern and famously efficient — has helped symbolize the city’s place as one of the world’s busiest and most important commercial hubs since it opened more than two decades ago. But this week the airport, long a source of local pride, became the epicenter of civilian […]

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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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Hong Kong Airport Suspends Check-Ins in 2nd Day of Disruptive Protests

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s airport suspended check-ins for a second straight day on Tuesday as protesters again disrupted its operations, hours after the city’s embattled leader pleaded for order amid escalating chaos. Thousands of antigovernment demonstrators occupied parts of Hong Kong International Airport’s departures and arrivals halls on Tuesday afternoon, with some using luggage […]

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Hong Kong’s Leader Pleads for Order in a City on Edge

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s embattled leader on Tuesday pleaded for order after days of escalating chaos, mass protests and violent street clashes that have put the Asian financial hub on edge. In a news conference with combative reporters — a day after the city’s international airport was effectively shuttered by mass protests — the […]

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What You Need to Know About the Hong Kong Airport Cancellations

Hong Kong International Airport on Monday abruptly grounded all departing flights and kept 70 flights from arriving after thousands of protesters filled the airport, stranding air passengers at one of the world’s most important transportation hubs. A statement on the airport’s website said that operations “have been seriously disrupted, all flights have been canceled,” and […]

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