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Leading Hong Kong activists charged for Tiananmen vigil gathering

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:23 PM

At least 13 leading activists appear in court on Monday, July 13, to be formally charged with 'inciting' an unlawful assembly, which carries up to 5 years in jail

VIGIL. In this file photo, activists hold a candlelit remembrance after crossing downed barricades into Victoria Park in Hong Kong on June 4, 2020, after the annual vigil that traditionally takes place in the park to mark the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown was banned on public health grounds because of the COVID-19 pandemic. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Half million Hong Kong people vote in pro-democracy primaries

Jul 11, 2020 - 4:27 PM

(UPDATED) 'Under the vicious national security law, many people worried if such participation would risk violating the law but many people still came out,' says organizer and legal scholar Benny Tai

POLLING. People queue to vote for New Territory East candidates during a primary election in Hong Kong on July 11, 2020. Photo by May James/AFP

Australia offers safe haven to Hong Kongers

Jul 09, 2020 - 3:18 PM

(UPDATED) Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's offer to Hong Kongers infuriates Beijing

A Chinese paramilitary police officer gestures while standing at the entrance gate of the Australian embassy in Beijing on July 9, 2020. Australia on July 7 warned its citizens they could face "arbitrary detention" if they travel to China, the latest sign of growing tensions between the two nations.  NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP

What are Hong Kong police's new powers?

Jul 08, 2020 - 5:41 PM

Here are some of the key powers granted Hong Kong authorities when conducting national security investigations

Riot police clear a street as protesters gathered to rally against a new national security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020, on the 23rd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. A man found in possession of a Hong Kong independence flag became the first person to be arrested under Beijing's new national security law for the city, police said on July 1. DALE DE LA REY / AFP

Hong Kong protesters let sheets of blank paper do the talking

Jul 08, 2020 - 2:01 PM

Since Beijing imposed the new security law on Hong Kong, even peaceful protests have become risky. At the occasional flash mob rallies taking place, though, sheets of blank paper have become the latest protest symbol.

Protesters hold up blank papers during a demonstration in a mall in Hong Kong on July 6, 2020, in response to a new national security law introduced in the city which makes political views, slogans and signs advocating Hong Kong’s independence or liberation illegal. Hong Kongers are finding creative ways to voice dissent after Beijing blanketed the city in a new security law and police began making arrests for people displaying now forbidden political slogans. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Microsoft, Zoom join pause on Hong Kong data requests

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:21 AM

The 2 join Facebook, Google, and Twitter in pausing data requests from Hong Kong authorities


TikTok pulls out of Hong Kong after new security law

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:00 AM

'In light of recent events, we've decided to stop operations of the TikTok app in Hong Kong,' says the Chinese-owned firm, becoming the first major social media platform to exit the city since the law was imposed last week

TIKTOK. This photo taken on November 21, 2019, shows the logo of the social media video sharing app Tiktok displayed on a tablet screen in Paris. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP


China opens new Hong Kong security agency headquarters

Jul 08, 2020 - 9:45 AM

Beijing's new security law says agents working for the office are exempt from Hong Kong's laws while carrying out their duties

NEW HQ. A man (C) looks out of the front door of the Metro Park hotel while other staff (R) look on in Causeway Bay on July 7, 2020, the hotel which is being retrofitted and turned into office for safeguarding national security. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Taiwan warns of counter measures if new Hong Kong law causes 'damage'

Jul 07, 2020 - 10:30 PM

'If the implementation of the national security law for Hong Kong were to cause any damage to our country or cause any irrational situation, we would consider counter measures,' President Tsai Ing-wen tells reporters

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the presidential office in Taipei on January 22, 2020. (Photo by Sam Yeh / AFP)

'We're next': Hong Kong security law sends chills through Taiwan

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:47 AM

'The law makes me dislike China even more,' says 18-year-old student Sylvia Chang

Students from Hong Kong and Taiwan display placards reading “Bad laws of China’s national security" during a protest outside the Hong Kong’s Taipei office on May 28, 2020. Sam Yeh / AFP

Hong Kong police granted sweeping security surveillance powers

Jul 07, 2020 - 10:37 AM

The city's police chief will be able to control and remove online information

China accuses UK of 'gross interference' over Hong Kong

Jul 07, 2020 - 9:14 AM

The UK government says it will offer Hong Kong residents a broader path to citizenship in response to the sweeping new security law for the former British territory

A couple wear face masks as they walk along the Thames embankment in central London on January 28, 2020. Around 1,500 people who came to Britain from the Chinese epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic in the past two weeks must put themselves in isolation, the UK health minister has said. Justin TALLIS / AFP

Hong Kong gov't tells schools to remove books breaching security law

Jul 07, 2020 - 12:35 AM

The order for schools to review and remove any contraband books comes two days after Hong Kong's libraries said they were also pulling titles deemed to breach the law for a review

CONTRABAND BOOKS. A women looks at books in a public library in Hong Kong on July 4, 2020. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

China issues Canada travel warning in Hong Kong spat

Jul 06, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian urges Canada to 'immediately correct its mistakes and stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs in any way, so as to avoid further damage to China-Canada relations'

TRAVEL WARNING. In this file photo, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian packs up his notes after speaking at the daily media briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2020. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Criticizing China abroad? Beware of Hong Kong security law

Jul 05, 2020 - 9:35 PM

One of the provisions of the highly controversial law expands the scope of offenses to cover people outside Hong Kong, even if they are not permanent residents of the Special Administrative Region

DEMONSTRATIONS. A protester holds a flag that reads "Free Hong Kong - Revolution Now" as he attends along with others a pro-democracy rally at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on June 12, 2020. Photo by Dale De La Rey/AFP

Democracy books disappear from Hong Kong libraries

Jul 04, 2020 - 8:46 PM

Among the authors whose titles are no longer available are Joshua Wong, one of the city's most prominent young activists, and Tanya Chan, a well known pro-democracy lawmaker

Hong Kong - 27 May 2020: Pro-democracy Demosisto Party member Joshua Wong talks to media during an interview in front of the Central Government Complex on 27 May 2020 in Hong Kong, China . Shutterstock.com

'Hidden language': Hong Kongers get creative against security law

Jul 04, 2020 - 4:04 PM

Faced with the threat of prosecution for anything promoting greater autonomy or independence for the restless city, residents are using wordplay and even subverting Chinese Communist Party dogma to express frustration

'REFUSE TO BE SLAVES.' A man walks past graffiti, a line from the Chinese national anthem that reads, 'Arise, ye who refuse to be slaves,' in Hong Kong on July 3, 2020. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Canada suspends extradition with Hong Kong to protest China security law

Jul 04, 2020 - 12:19 AM

Canada is also halting exports of sensitive military gear to Hong Kong and updating its travel advisory so Canadians traveling there will know how the law might affect them

ARREST. Police officers arrest a pro-democracy demonstrator (C) during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

China appoints hardliner to head new Hong Kong security agency

Jul 03, 2020 - 7:51 PM

Zheng Yanxiong – a party official best known for tackling protests on the mainland – will lead the office set up by the legislation that empowers mainland security agents to operate in Hong Kong openly for the first time

APPOINTMENT. This file photo taken on December 20, 2011, shows Zheng Yanxiong, then-Communist Party Secretary of Shanwei prefecture, speaking on television as villagers watch the broadcast in Wukan, Guandong province. China has appointed a hardliner involved in a clamp down against protests on the mainland as the head of Hong Kong's new security agency on July 3, 2020.  File photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Hong Kongers scrub social media history in face of security law

Jul 03, 2020 - 4:04 PM

Despite assurances from Beijing that political freedoms would not be hindered, many Hong Kongers delete digital references of their opposition to China's ruling Communist Party

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The pitfalls of UK's citizenship offer for Hong Kong

Jul 03, 2020 - 9:53 AM

Do Britons want migrants?

BREXIT DISCORD. A pedestrian shelters from the rain beneath a Union flag themed umbrella as they walk near the Big Ben clock face and the Elizabeth Tower at the Houses of Parliament in central London on June 25, 2016. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Activist Nathan Law flees Hong Kong as protest slogan outlawed

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:43 PM

'I have already left Hong Kong and continue the advocacy work on the international level,' Law says in a short English message to journalists, declining to say which country he has gone to

DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS. In this file photo taken on January 16, 2018 bailed Hong Kong democracy activists Joshua Wong (L), Nathan Law (C) and Alex Chow face the media outside the Court of Final Appeal before their first appeal hearing against jail sentences in Hong Kong. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong businesses back new security law despite fears

Jul 02, 2020 - 9:00 PM

Rights groups and legal analysts have grave concerns, but many in the business community welcome the new Hong Kong security law as a way to restore stability

A barge (C) with banners that read “Celebrate the National Security Law” sails in Victoria Harbour on the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from Britain in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020. - Hong Kong marks the 23rd anniversary of its handover to China on July 1 under the glare of a new national security law imposed by Beijing, with protests banned and the city's cherished freedoms looking increasingly fragile. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

WATCH: Thousands defy protest ban as HK security law takes effect

Jul 02, 2020 - 7:10 PM

Thousands of protesters defy restrictions and take to the streets, even under Hong Kong's newly passed national security law

Australia considering 'safe haven' offer to Hong Kongers

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:30 AM

China has warned its students and tourists before against going to Australia

Supporters of the same-sex marriage "Yes" vote gather to celebrate the announcement in a Sydney park on November 15, 2017. Australians voted in favour of allowing same-sex couples to marry, official results showed on November 15, sending the task of legalising marriage equality to a deeply divided parliament. / AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST

U.S. House moves to toughen sanctions over Hong Kong law

Jul 02, 2020 - 9:33 AM

'What's so sad about it is that the Chinese regime just thinks that they can act with impunity and repressing the spirit of democracy,' Speaker Nancy Pelosi says

Students from Hong Kong and Taiwan display placards reading “Bad laws of China’s national security" during a protest outside the Hong Kong’s Taipei office on May 28, 2020. Sam Yeh / AFP

EU says 'essential' that freedoms be protected in Hong Kong

Jul 01, 2020 - 6:43 PM

Hong Kong police say they arrested at least 180 people on Wednesday, July 1 – including 7 under a new national security law – as thousands of protesters defy a ban to rally on the anniversary of the city's handover to China

PROTESTS. Riot police (L) deploy pepper spray toward journalists (R) as protesters gathered for a rally against a new national security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020, on the 23rd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. Photo by Dale De La Rey/AFP

Taiwan opens new office for Hong Kongers after security law

Jul 01, 2020 - 3:03 PM

The Taiwan-Hong Kong Office for Exchanges and Services in Taipei will, among other tasks, handle applications from Hong Kongers seeking to stay in Taiwan for 'political reasons'

DAY 1. Riot police deploy pepper spray at journalists as protesters gathered for a rally against a new national security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020, on the 23rd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. Photo by Dale de la Rey/AFP

China to foreign critics: Hong Kong law 'none of your business'

Jul 01, 2020 - 11:39 AM

'What's this got to do with you?' says Zhang Xiaoming of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs office of the State Council

(FILES) In this file photo riot police officers stand guard ahead of a pro-democracy march in the Central district of Hong Kong on June 9, 2020, as the city marks the one-year anniversary since pro-democracy protests erupted following opposition to a bill allowing extraditions to mainland China. - The US Senate on June 25, 2020 unanimously approved a bill that would lay out sanctions on Chinese officials who undermine Hong Kong's autonomy as Beijing pushes forward with a controversial security law. The House of Representatives still needs to pass the bill, which would allow sanctions in the United States against Chinese officials and the Hong Kong police as well as banks that do business with them. The vote comes as China presses forward with a security law that would enforce punishment over subversion and other perceived threats in Hong Kong, which saw massive protests last year in support of maintaining the financial hub's freedoms. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

Hong Kong national security law: 5 key facts you need to know

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:06 AM

The law gives Beijing jurisdiction over cases, secret trials without jury, and a national security agency

Pedestrians walk past a group of riot police standing guard in a front of a shop in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on May 27, 2020, as the city's legislature debates over a law that bans insulting China's national anthem. - Hong Kong police cast a dragnet around the financial hub's legislature on Wednesday, firing pepper-ball rounds and arresting hundreds as they stamped down on protests against a bill banning insults to China's national anthem. (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP)

Hong Kong makes 1st security law arrests as thousands defy protest ban

Jul 01, 2020 - 9:17 AM

(UPDATED) Democracy advocates have long used the July 1 anniversary to hold large rallies as popular anger towards Beijing swells – although this year's event was banned for the first time in 17 years

RUN. Protesters occupying a road run after hearing police are approaching during a rally against a new national security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020, on the 23rd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

China must reconsider HK security law, 27 countries tell U.N.

Jul 01, 2020 - 8:38 AM

Signatories include Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, and 15 European Union states including the Netherlands and Sweden

Police officers arrest a pro-democracy demonstrator (C) during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP)

New law says China has jurisdiction for 'serious' HK security cases

Jul 01, 2020 - 12:34 AM

'No matter whether violence has been used, or the threat of violence used, leaders or serious offenders will be sentenced for life imprisonment or a minimum of 10 years in jail,' the law says

PROTEST. People watch after police (bottom C) entered a shopping mall to disperse people attending a lunchtime rally in Hong Kong on June 30, 2020, as China passed a sweeping national security law for the city. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

China's HK security law will only target 'small minority' – Lam

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:46 PM

Carrie Lam insists that 'the law will not affect Hong Kong's renowned judicial independence'

'SMALL MINORITY.' In this file photo, Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam takes part in her weekly press conference in Hong Kong on December 10, 2019. File photo by Philip Fong/AFP

EU urges China to reconsider Hong Kong security law

Jun 23, 2020 - 9:32 AM

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen says she had warned the Chinese leaders that Hong Kong owes its economic success to its autonomy from Beijing

Pro-democracy protesters march in the Central district of Hong Kong on June 9, 2020, as the city marks the one-year anniversary since pro-democracy protests erupted following opposition to a bill allowing extraditions to mainland China. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

China to set up 'national security agency' in Hong Kong – state media

Jun 20, 2020 - 8:08 PM

Chinese state media Xinhua says the eventual law would criminalize 'secession, subversion of state power, terrorism, and collusion with foreign forces' that endanger security.

CRACKDOWN ON DISSENT. A protester (C) holds a flag that reads "Free Hong Kong - Revolution Now" as he attends along with others a pro-democracy rally at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on June 12, 2020. Photo by Dale de la Rey/AFP

China moves closer to passing Hong Kong security law

Jun 18, 2020 - 7:12 PM

A draft of the controversial national security bill is submitted to the country's top lawmaking body and could be approved as soon as Saturday, June 20

Students from Hong Kong and Taiwan display placards reading 'Bad laws of China's national security' during a protest outside the Hong Kong's Taipei office on May 28, 2020. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

China extraditions possible under new security law in Hong Kong – advisor

Jun 17, 2020 - 4:42 PM

(UPDATED) Veteran pro-Beijing politician Tam Yiu-chung believes some prosecutions alleging foreign interference, or cases involving diplomatic issues, could be handled by China's central government

HONG KONG. Pedestrians walk past a group of riot police standing guard in a front of a shop in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on May 27, 2020, as the city's legislature debates over a law that bans insulting China's national anthem. File hoto by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hongkongers sing protest anthem 1 year after major clashes

Jun 13, 2020 - 12:04 AM

Thousands answer online calls to gather at 8:00 pm in local malls and neighborhoods to chant pro-democracy slogans and sing 'Glory to Hong Kong' – a protest anthem that became hugely popular during the turmoil

PROTEST. A protester holds a flag that reads 'Free Hong Kong - Revolution Now' as he attends along with others a pro-democracy rally at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on June 12, 2020. Photo by Dale De La Rey/AFP

HSBC under fire in UK for backing China's Hong Kong law

Jun 12, 2020 - 1:15 PM

HSBC's support for China's proposed Hong Kong security law angers business and political circles in Britain

HSBC. The bank's building in Hong Kong. Photo from HSBC website

UK banking giants back China's Hong Kong security law

Jun 04, 2020 - 8:30 PM

HSBC and Standard Chartered express support for the highly controversial security law China is pushing in Hong Kong

GLOBAL BANK. An HSBC branch on the outskirts of Paris, France, June 30, 2009. Photo by Loic Venance/AFP

China warns Britain interfering in Hong Kong will 'backfire'

Jun 03, 2020 - 7:51 PM

The United States and Britain have enraged Beijing with their criticism of planned national security legislation that critics fear would destroy the semi-autonomous city's limited freedoms

WARNING. In this file photo, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian takes a question at the daily media briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2020. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

China faces mounting pressure over Hong Kong security law

May 29, 2020 - 1:00 PM

The US, Britain, Canada, and Australia lead criticism of the planned law, which would punish secession, subversion of state power, terrorism, and acts that endanger national security

PRESSURE. Riot police detain a group of people during a protest in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on May 27, 2020, as the city's legislature debates over a law that bans insulting China's national anthem. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Pompeo says Trump to act on alleged spying by Chinese students

May 29, 2020 - 12:50 PM

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Chinese students 'shouldn't be here in our schools spying'

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 27: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before the House Appropriations Committee's State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee about his departments FY2020 budget request March 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. With Pompeo at the helm, the State Department has requested budget cuts of more than 11-percent over FY2019 and both Republicans and Democrats were critical of the request. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

China approves plan to impose Hong Kong security law

May 28, 2020 - 6:19 PM

(UPDATED) China makes the security law a top priority at its annual National People's Congress session, after huge pro-democracy protests rocked the financial hub for 7 months in 2019

PARLIAMENT. Chinese leaders attend the closing session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 28, 2020. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

U.S. revokes Hong Kong's special status as anger grows over China law

May 28, 2020 - 12:23 AM

(UPDATED) 'No reasonable person can assert today that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from China, given facts on the ground,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

PROTESTS. Pedestrians walk past a group of riot police standing guard in a front of a shop in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on May 27, 2020, as the city's legislature debates over a law that bans insulting China's national anthem. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Taiwan leader vows 'action plan' for Hong Kong protesters

May 27, 2020 - 9:43 PM

'The cabinet will come up with a Hong Kong humanitarian assistance action plan...to provide complete planning for Hong Kong people's residency, accommodation and care,' says Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen

'ACTION PLAN.' Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the presidential office in Taipei on January 22, 2020. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

China media seize on video of Hong Kong protesters beating lawyer

May 25, 2020 - 2:59 PM

Video shot on Sunday shows a man with blood on his face scrambling to escape some half a dozen protesters who were kicking and hitting him with umbrellas

RIOT POLICE. Riot police clear up debris left by protesters attending a pro-democracy rally against a proposed new security law in Hong Kong on May 24, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

China draws Western rebuke over move to tighten grip on Hong Kong

May 23, 2020 - 3:54 PM

In separate statements, the European Union, Britain, Australia, Canada, and the US , urge China not to pass the proposed Hong Kong security law

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (C) holds a press conference after attending the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, in Hong Kong on May 22, 2020. Lam vowed to "fully cooperate" with Beijing over a national security law for the semi-autonomous Chinese territory, after lawmakers introduced a draft proposal to the country's parliament. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Hong Kong to adopt security law 'as soon as possible'

May 22, 2020 - 7:51 PM

Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam says she 'firmly' believes the law is aimed at 'effectively preventing and curbing actions that seriously endanger national security'

LEADER. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attends the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 22, 2020. Photo by Leo Ramirez/AFP