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China censors Hong Kong internet, U.S. tech giants resist

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:55 AM

Online censorship plans include giving authorities the ability to control and remove online information, seize equipment of internet firms, and force companies to provide identification records and decryption assistance

HONG KONG. Riot police stand guard during a clearance operation 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. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Democracy activist Joshua Wong says world must 'stand with Hong Kong'

Jul 06, 2020 - 2:58 PM

Joshua Wong, one of the city's most prominent young activists and a figure loathed by Beijing, speaks outside a court where he and fellow activists are being prosecuted for involvement in last year's democracy protests

JOSHUA WONG. Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong stands outside the Court of Final Appeal as he waits for fellow activists before their first appeal hearing against jail sentences in Hong Kong on January 16, 2018. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong Bar Association 'gravely concerned' by security law

Jul 02, 2020 - 4:06 PM

The group says offenses 'are capable of being applied in a manner that is arbitrary, and that disproportionately interferes with fundamental rights, including the freedom of conscience, expression and assembly'

CRACKDOWN. Riot police detain a man as they clear protesters taking part in 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

Hong Kong democracy figures resign after security law passed

Jun 30, 2020 - 1:31 PM

Joshua Wong, Nathan Law, Jeffrey Ngo, and Agnes Chow are ending their involvement in Demosisto, a party campaigning for universal suffrage and for foreign countries to sanction China for rights abuses

RESIGNING. Joshua Wong (L), Nathan Law (C) and Agnes Chow (R) of pro-democracy political group Demosisto hold a press conference in Hong Kong on May 30, 2020. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

China to restrict visas for some Americans over Hong Kong row

Jun 29, 2020 - 5:13 PM

'China has decided to impose visa restrictions against American individuals who have behaved egregiously on matters concerning Hong Kong,' Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian says

ZHAO LIJIAN. 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

Hong Kong police ban major security law protest

Jun 27, 2020 - 4:04 PM

(UPDATED) The Civil Human Rights Front says the police rejected its applications for rallies on July 1, the 23rd anniversary of the former British colony's handover to China

PRO-DEMOCRACY PROTESTERS. 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. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Taiwan to open new office to assist Hongkongers

Jun 18, 2020 - 8:56 PM

Tsai's government will cover 'necessary expenses' for those who come to Taiwan because their freedom and safety are under threat, says Chen Ming-tong, chairman of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council

NEW OFFICE. Chen Ming-tong, chairman of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council, speaks during a press conference in Taipei on January 22, 2019. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Hong Kong protesters seek sanctuary overseas as noose tightens

Jun 05, 2020 - 12:59 PM

The current trickle of those leaving Hong Kong could become an exodus after Beijing announces plans to impose a sweeping national security law here in response to the protests

ARRESTED. Police drag a protester along a road after they detained her during as attempt to escape the campus of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in the Hung Hom district of Hong Kong on November 18, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

WATCH: In Hong Kong, clashes erupt over proposed security law

May 26, 2020 - 5:05 PM

Pro-democracy activists say China's proposed national security law spells the end of the one country, two system agreement

China threatens U.S. countermeasures if punished for Hong Kong law

May 25, 2020 - 9:16 PM

China plans to impose a national security law on the city's financial hub, with the Hong Kong security chief backing it as needed in defeating 'terrorism'

Hong Kong police embrace China's security law plan

May 25, 2020 - 5:31 PM

The statement is part of a flurry of coordinated messages from the city's different security services embracing the law

HONG KONG POLICE. A man (C) leans out from a shop as police conduct a clearance operation in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on May 24, 2020, during protests against a proposal to enact new security legislation in Hong Kong. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

China parliament eyes Hong Kong national security law after unrest

May 22, 2020 - 12:29 AM

Beijing has made clear it wants new security legislation passed after the semi-autonomous city was rocked by 7 months of massive and sometimes violent pro-democracy protests in 2019

NATIONAL PEOPLE'S CONGRESS. A man wears a face masks as he cycles past the Great Hall of the People, the venue for the annual meeting of the National People's Congress, China's rubber-stamp legislature, in Beijing on May 20, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP