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China bars Human Rights Watch director from entering Hong Kong


Hong Kong authorities barred the head of Human Rights Watch from entering the Chinese territory on Sunday, the advocacy group said. Kenneth Roth, Human Rights Watch’s executive director, had planned to launch the organization’s annual world report in Hong Kong this week. The report’s focus is China’s efforts to “deliberately undermine the international human rights … Continue reading

How Taiwan’s elections remind the world – and Hong Kong – that Chinese culture and democracy can co-exist


When the islanders on the windswept Taiwanese archipelago of Matsu go to the polls this Saturday, Lii Wen, the enthusiastic young candidate for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, knows he has little chance of winning a seat. But he still considers his electoral race a victory. Matsu’s 13,000-strong population will make their free choice between … Continue reading

Carrie Lam vows to work with Chinese envoy, bring Hong Kong back on the ‘right path’


Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday she would work closely with Beijing’s top official in the Asian financial hub to get it back on “the right path” after more than six months of pro-democracy protests. The appointment of a new head of the Chinese government’s most important office in Hong Kong, Luo … Continue reading

Police accuse Hong Kong protesters of inciting minors to commit crimes


Hong Kong police on Monday accused activists in the long-running pro-democracy movement of inciting minors to commit crimes. The claim Monday comes two days before a planned New Year’s Day march that is expected to attract tens of thousands of participants. Chief police spokesman Kwok Ka-chuen told reporters that the force was in close contact … Continue reading

Hong Kong protesters tell mainland Chinese traders to leave


Police fought with protesters who marched through a Hong Kong shopping mall Saturday demanding mainland Chinese traders leave the territory in a fresh weekend of anti-government tension. The protest in Sheung Shui, near Hong Kong’s boundary with the mainland, was part of efforts to pressure the government by disrupting economic activity. About 100 protesters marched … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, December 30, 2019


We are headed toward a massive inquisition of police. It could be known as the “Hong Kong Trials”, where each police officer who served since June is combed over and evaluated for every step taken at every single protest, then tried under international law. It’s not immediately around the corner, but the current powers governing … Continue reading

The 235 days that rattled China and shook the world


They were 235 days that shook the world, rattled China’s regime and refuted the most pernicious wishful thinking since the appeasement of dictators collapsed eight decades ago. Nothing more momentous happened in 2019 than Hong Kong’s heroic insurrection. It began with the April 3 introduction by Beijing’s Hong Kong satraps of an extradition bill that … Continue reading

Hong Kong protesters rally in support of Uighurs


Hong Kong riot police pepper sprayed protesters to disperse crowds in the heart of the city’s financial district on Sunday after a largely peaceful rally in support of China‘s ethnic Uighurs turned chaotic. Dozens of police marched across a public square overlooking Hong Kong‘s harbor to face off with protesters who hurled glass bottles and … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, December 23, 2019


China’s in over its head. They got somewhat of a trade deal, though they never had much to bargain with because their economy is much more dependent on imports than the US economy. So, their trade deal can’t have gone as well as they would have liked, so they were always going to be unhappy, … Continue reading

How murder, kidnappings and miscalculation set off Hong Kong’s revolt


Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says the plan that ignited the revolt in her city was born of a straightforward quest for justice. While on a trip to Taiwan, a Hong Kong man strangled his Hong Kong girlfriend, then returned home and confessed. The city lacked an extradition pact with Taiwan, and Lam argued the … Continue reading

Hong Kong faced ‘grimmest and most complex year’ since handover, China’s Xi says


Chinese President Xi Jinping reiterated his support for Hong Kong‘s embattled leader on Monday even as he declared that the former British colony has faced its “grimmest and most complex year” since its return to China. Xi praised Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam for holding fast to the principle of “one country, two systems,“ … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, December 9, 2019


Money doesn’t lie; it’s in the airline figures. Cathay is reducing its capacity, largely from loss of demand for flights in and out of China. Hong Kong Airlines is dropping long hauls to and from Australia, the US, and Canada. Clearly, both Chinese nationals and Pacific English speakers have lost confidence in Hong Kong. Hong … Continue reading

China vows to retaliate with ‘firm counter measures’ over U.S. Hong Kong rights law


China warned the United States on Thursday it would take “firm counter measures” in response to U.S. legislation backing anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, and said attempts to interfere in the Chinese-ruled city were doomed to fail. U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law congressional legislation which supported the protesters, despite angry objections from Beijing, … Continue reading

Hong Kong’s landslide democratic win puts pressure on leader Carrie Lam


Hong Kong‘s leader pledged to listen to public opinion on Monday and referred to deep-seated problems in society after a landslide election victory by opponents of Chinese rule amid months of sometimes violent pro-democracy unrest. Democratic candidates secured almost 90% of 452 district council seats in Sunday’s poll, held during a rare weekend lull in … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, November 25, 2019


Hong Kong’s election results from yesterday have confirmed the general public’s view: Hong Kongers reject China’s actions. Not that it will make a difference—elected officials don’t hold a majority in Hong Kong’s legislative process. But, pro-Beijing officials were voted-out, replaced with pro-democracy candidates who campaigned on “5-demands”. There had been speculation as to how much … Continue reading

In defence of the student protesters: Carrie Lam’s stupid mask ban, the repudiation of the Hong Kong court and the continuous necessity of the people’s struggle


On Monday, while the police were trying to dislodge several hundred hard-core protesters who had occupied the Hong Kong Polytechnic University since last week, a Hong Kong Court “found that the government’s controversial mask ban is unconstitutional.” Said ruling indeed, delivered “a fresh legal blow to an administration that is struggling to contain increasingly violent … Continue reading

University of British Columbia latest worldwide to recall all exchange students from Hong Kong


The University of British Columbia (UBC) has cancelled its second term for exchange students in Hong Kong as it works to bring those students back home from the territory over safety concerns. Hong Kong’s universities have become the latest battleground between police and protesters who have been staging increasingly violent demonstrations in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory … Continue reading

Reuters changes every paragraph, headline in article about Hong Kong protests


Reuters changed an article about the Hong Kong protests Monday, first highlighting allegations that police were threatening protesters with live bullets and later omitting any mention of that news. The original article was headlined “Hong Kong police threaten to use live bullets as standoff with protesters escalates,” according to an archived version. Published Nov. 17, … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, November 18, 2019


America and China are getting fed up with China and America being fed up with each other. Americans tried patience and negotiations; that didn’t work. China hid its agenda for global domination, denouncing so-called “interference” except when China did the interfering. Now, China’s true colors are showing and it looks like a lot of debt. … Continue reading

In solidarity to the brave Hong Kong people


I am writing as a humanist and member of the international community in order to bring to the attention of the global family of nations the cause and the struggle behind the said noble cause of the courageous people of Hong Kong. The world must come together and stand as one in rallying and embracing … Continue reading

Chinese troops enter Hong Kong streets to “clean up” after protests


Chinese troops came out of the barracks in Hong Kong on Saturday —  not to quell protests but to help clean up. It was a move seen by many to try to normalise Chinese troops being on Hong Kong’s streets. It was a rare public appearance by the People’s Liberation Army on the streets of … Continue reading

Beijing’s plan to tighten its grip on Hong Kong could spell the end of China’s economic dream


Although the rapid escalation of violence in Hong Kong seems terrifying enough, things may be about to get much worse. The communique of the recently concluded fourth plenum of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party indicates that Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to tighten his grip on the former British colony at any … Continue reading

A timeline of Hong Kong’s anti-government protests


Hong Kong police shot and wounded one protester on Monday as chaos erupted across the city a day after officers fired tear gas to break up demonstrations that are entering their sixth month. Following is a timeline of the key dates around a now-abandoned extradition bill and the protests it triggered: February 2019 – Hong … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, November 11, 2019


Hong Kong has presented the world with the ethical question of confronting bullies. Say there is a bully at school who quietly eats whosever lunch he wants, stealing anyone’s homework he wants, until one day someone says something and the bully gets violent. In theory, most people agree that the bully started it. But in … Continue reading

Pro-Beijing lawmaker stabbed while campaigning in Hong Kong


An anti-government assailant stabbed and wounded a pro-Beijing Hong Kong lawmaker who was election campaigning Wednesday, police said, in another escalation of violence surrounding the protests demanding political reforms in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Junius Ho has become a hated figure by the protesters over his alleged links to violence against them. After receiving initial … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, November 4, 2019


The crud is hitting the fan on China and the fake trade war. The US and China were ready to sign, until they weren’t. They were going to sign at APEC in Chile, but Chilean society’s peace seems to be mirroring that of Hong Kong. Protests seem to be getting in the way of many … Continue reading

Pro-democracy activist barred from running in Hong Kong election


Hong Kong authorities barred pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong from an election as the city’s leader warned Tuesday that months of violent protests have pushed the city to the brink of recession. In comments likely to further anger protesters, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said there would be no political solution until the violent protests gripping the semi-autonomous Chinese … Continue reading

Hong Kong falls into recession as protests deal ‘comprehensive blow‘ to economy


Hong Kong has fallen into recession, hit by five months of anti-government protests that erupted in flames at the weekend, and is unlikely to achieve any growth this year, the city’s Financial Secretary said. Black-clad and masked demonstrators set fire to shops and hurled petrol bombs at police on Sunday following a now-familiar pattern, with … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, October 28, 2019


China is playing a dark game with Taiwan over the murder suspect in the case that sparked the spark of the Hong Kong liberation protests. A young man from Hong Kong traveled to Taiwan with his girlfriend where he murdered her, then returned to Hong Kong. Because China plays politics with Taiwan, Beijing refused every … Continue reading

Suspect in murder case that led to Hong Kong’s protests leaves prison


A murder suspect whose case indirectly led to Hong Kong’s ongoing protests was freed from prison on Wednesday and told reporters he was willing to surrender to authorities in Taiwan, where he is wanted for the killing of his girlfriend. Chan Tong-kai was released after serving a separate sentence for money laundering offences. He could … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, October 21, 2019


“Careless” Carrie Lam’s effectiveness in Hong Kong is in the red. After banning masks at public gatherings, more people are wearing masks at gatherings than in the past. She bans an assembly, but people assemble anyway. Protests are so bad, police hit some people guarding a mosque with a water cannon and had to apologize … Continue reading

Hong Kong protests show no signs of slowing down


Hong Kong pro-democracy activists plan a rally on Monday evening after another weekend of unrest that saw protesters hurl petrol bombs and police reply with tear gas and rubber bullets, as violence in the Chinese-ruled city shows no signs of letting up. Activists said they planned to gather at Chater Garden in Admiralty district near … Continue reading

Xi Jinping warns that attempts to divide China will end with ‘crushed bodies and shattered bones’


Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday said that any attempts to drive a wedge between China and its territories will “end in crushed bodies and shattered bones.” Xi made the remarks during a state visit to Nepal on Sunday. “Anyone attempting to split China in any part of the country will end in crushed bodies … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, October 14, 2019


You can’t bring a pot to boil forever. While the conventional narrative for Hong Kong warns, “Retribution is coming,” a better understanding would be, “The Chinese are coming if Hong Kong doesn’t level up.” The protests must either “level up” or otherwise change, or else the PLA will indeed march and smash. While the situation … Continue reading

China’s political correctness: one country, no arguments


The Communist Party has spent decades preparing the people to defend a united homeland. Hong Kong’s protests show it has paid off. Hong Kong’s protests have disrupted Yang Yang’s family life. Though the 29-year-old lives in mainland China, he was inspired by the demonstrations to write a song about freedom and upload it to the … Continue reading

Taiwan president rejects China’s offer of ‘one country, two systems’


Taiwan’s president on Thursday delivered a fiery rebuke to China’s offer of a “one country, two systems” formula to unify the self-governing island with the mainland, saying that such a framework has taken Hong Kong to “the brink of disorder.” President Tsai Ing-wen’s comments, delivered during a National Day speech, came amid a renewed push by … Continue reading

Hundreds gather outside Hong Kong’s high court to demand release of activist


Hundreds of masked protesters yelling “Revolution Now!” crammed the sidewalk in front of Hong Kong’s High Court and spilled onto the street in an impassioned show of support Wednesday for an activist appealing a six-year prison sentence for his part in a violent nightlong clash with police. As a prison service bus with mesh-covered windows … Continue reading

China’s heavy-handed reaction to the NBA is just the wake-up call the world needed


Many financial journalists and political pundits have been trying for years to get the U.S. public more concerned about China’s increasingly repressive regime and the questionable trade-offs many American companies have been making to continue doing business in the country. Thanks to the NBA, Twitter and a Chinese government that feeds a national “outrage culture,” … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, October 7, 2019


Hong Kong has declared independence! On Friday, October 4, thousands peacefully gathered in Ma On Shan at New Hong Kong City Centre and read aloud a manifesto. This manifesto included basic arguments similar to the US Declaration of Independence, along with basic steps for a provisional government until the new government takes over. In the … Continue reading

The Taiwan flag emoji has disappeared from the latest iPhone keyboard for users in Hong Kong and Macau


The Taiwan flag emoji has disappeared from the latest iPhone versions for users in Hong Kong and Macau, the Hong Kong Free Press’s Kris Cheng reports. Users on Hong Kong online forums spotted this change. The People’s Republic of China claims Taiwan as one of its provinces and does not recognize it as an independent country. … Continue reading

China’s new weapon of choice is facial recognition


As China seeks ever more control over its population, it’s turning to one tool of particular note: people’s faces. On Sept. 27, the nation’s information-technology ministry announced that telecom carriers, from December, must scan the face of anyone applying for mobile and internet service. Using facial-recognition technology, the companies will verify that the applicant is … Continue reading

Fears of China’s reach fuel Hong Kong protesters’ use of masks


Sportswear exporter Dennis Chan and his friends don’t use the word “protest” when messaging each about when and where they’ll next meet to join the massive anti-government demonstrations that have shaken Hong Kong and faith in its future. Instead, the 40-somethings with successful careers and families to protect use code-words — “shopping,” ″dreaming” — to … Continue reading

Hong Kong leader imposes colonial-era law to ban masks at protests


Defiant masked protesters rampaged, police fired tear gas, and a teen was wounded by gunfire hours after Hong Kong’s embattled leader banned masks at rallies, invoking rarely used emergency powers to quell four months of anti-government demonstrations. Challenging the ban, which went into effect Saturday, thousands of protesters crammed streets in the central business district … Continue reading

Hong Kong protesters say they’re prepared to fight for democracy ‘until we win or we die’


They’re dressed in an all-black uniform, faces distorted behind gas masks, using umbrellas as shields, and following a sophisticated set of hand motions that act as their form of communication. For more than three months, millions of civilians have been protesting the Hong Kong government. What began as a rally against legislation that would have … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, September 30, 2019


The Hong Kong law currently going through Congress essentially de-escalates, yet therefore intensifies the Hong Kong issue. Rather than prescribing punitive measures if China escalates Hong Kong into military conflict, the law reassesses the unique standing that made Hong Kong so special in the first place. According to these new laws, if China asserts a … Continue reading

New limits on rail travel as Hong Kong braces for airport protest


Hong Kong announced new curbs on rail travel on Sunday ahead of the latest in a series of planned protests targeting the airport after a night of widespread violent street clashes in the Chinese-ruled territory. Anti-government protesters have targeted the airport before, occupying the arrivals hall, blocking approach roads and setting street fires in the … Continue reading

Hong Kong protesters burn Chinese flag, clash with police as protest continues


Protesters in Hong Kong burned a Chinese flag and police fired pepper spray Saturday in renewed clashes over grievances by the anti-government demonstrators. Police accused some protesters of throwing gasoline bombs after a march by several thousand people in Tuen Mun, an outlying district in the northwest of the Chinese territory. The event was relatively … Continue reading

China’s National Day fireworks cancelled in Hong Kong due to protests


An annual fireworks display in Hong Kong marking China’s National Day on Oct. 1 was called off Wednesday as pro-democracy protests show no sign of ending. The city issued a terse statement saying the show over its famed Victoria Harbour had been cancelled “in view of the latest situation and having regard to public safety.” … Continue reading

The U.S. is about to do something big in Hong Kong


Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest movement, the David to China’s Goliath, is calling out to the land of the free for help—and help may be on the way. The question is whether it will be substantial enough and fast enough, and have the support of the president of the United States. For months now, a small … Continue reading

Hong Kong protesters ask for Britain’s help in pressuring China


Hong Kong protesters are expected to rally outside the British Consulate on Sunday demanding that the former colonial power ensures China honours its commitments to the city’s freedoms. The Chinese-ruled territory has been rocked by weeks of sometimes violent pro-democracy protests, with demonstrators angry about what they see as creeping interference by Beijing in their … Continue reading

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