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Hong Kong leader accuses U.S. of 'double standards' over protests

Jun 02, 2020 - 11:20 AM

(UPDATED) Both Chinese and Hong Kong officials seize on the unrest gripping the US in their propaganda drive to justify their own crackdown on pro-democracy protests and the national security law plans

CARRIE. 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. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong leader tries to reassure investors rattled by China law

May 26, 2020 - 11:27 AM

Beijing wants to enact legislation banning 'seccession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference' in the international finance hub after months of massive, often-violent pro-democracy protests last year

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. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/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

Hong Kong bars non-residents, limits alcohol over virus

Mar 23, 2020 - 4:49 PM

Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam's set of measures are designed to help prevent the rising number of coronavirus infections

HONG KONG VS THE VIRUS. Pedestrians wear face masks, as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus, in a market in Hong Kong on March 23, 2020. (Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong announces quarantines for mainland China arrivals amid coronavirus threat

Feb 05, 2020 - 7:31 PM

'The measure is harsh. But I believe after we say all arrivals have to be quarantined for 14 days from February 8, the number of arrivals will reduce,' says Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam

HONG KONG AIRPORT. Young students wear face masks in the arrivals hall at Hong Kong's international airport on January 22, 2020, after China recently confirmed human-to-human transmission in the outbreak of the new SARS-like virus. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong shuts most China crossings over virus as medics strike

Feb 03, 2020 - 11:37 AM

(UPDATED) Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says all land crossings would be closed at midnight except for two bridges, the first connecting Hong Kong to Shenzhen and the second linking it with Zhuhai and Macau

STRIKE. Carol Ng from Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (L), Rebecca Sy from Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Flight Attendants Association (2nd L), Winnie Yu (3rd L), Ivan Law (C) from Hospital Authority Employees Alliance (HAEA), Lai Man Ling from The General Union of Hong Kong Speech Therapists (3rd R), Chung Man Chun from Hong Kong Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Industries Employees General Union (2nd R) and Chan Ka Fai from Organizing committee of The Hong Kong General Union of Physiotherapists (R) hold slogans as they pose for pictures for the media during the press conference on the latest update of the strike actions in Hong Kong on February 2, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong opposition lawmakers ejected for heckling leader

Jan 16, 2020 - 3:25 PM

Security officials are called in multiple times to force out pro-democracy lawmakers who shouted slogans and held placards, including one that portrayed the city's chief executive Carrie Lam as a vampire with bat wings

Pro-democracy lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki holds a sign as he is removed from the legislature during a question and answer session with Hong Kong’s Cheif Executive Carrie Lam (not pictured) in Hong Kong on January 16, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

[ANALYSIS] Hong Kong’s hangover for 2020

Jan 12, 2020 - 4:24 PM

The very fact that the protests are still ongoing suggests an acceptance by the populace. Yet, Carrie Lam and the Hong Kong government hold most of the cards in finding real practical solutions, much to Hongkongers' frustration


Hong Kong marks Christmas Eve with mall protests and clashes

Dec 24, 2019 - 10:09 PM

Riot police use pepper spray and batons to beat back angry crowds after plainclothes officers made arrests inside a luxury mall in Tsim Sha Tsui

China's Xi gives Hong Kong leader 'unwavering support'

Dec 16, 2019 - 11:35 PM

Protesters have called for the unpopular Carrie Lam to stand down as leader, but she receives the backing of China's leadership during a visit to Beijing on Monday, December 16

LAM IN BEIJING. This handout photograph taken and released by the Hong Kong Government on December 16, 2019 shows Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) meeting with Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam during her annual duty visit, in Hong Kong Hall at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. AFP PHOTO/HONG KONG GOVERNMENT

Hong Kong leader rules out protest concessions ahead of Beijing visit

Dec 10, 2019 - 3:14 PM

(UPDATED) 'If a particular demand requires us to deviate from the law...I could not agree to accept those demands simply for the purpose of reaching people's aspirations,' says Carrie Lam

CARRIE LAM. Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam takes part in her weekly press conference in Hong Kong on December 10, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong protesters vow weekend rally and 'last chance' for leader

Dec 06, 2019 - 5:48 PM

Activists say anger is building once more after chief executive Carrie Lam and Beijing ruled out any further concessions despite the pro-establishment drubbing

LAST CHANCE? In this file photo taken on July 1, 2019, protesters gather outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong. File photo by Dale De La Rey/AFP

Hong Kong elections showed 'great spirit', says dissident artist

Nov 26, 2019 - 12:49 AM

'I think that great spirit was shown.... That's how powerful democracy is,' says Badiucao, an Australia-based Chinese dissident artist

China 'resolutely' backs Hong Kong leader despite polls setback

Nov 25, 2019 - 5:38 PM

"The Chinese government's resolve to protect national sovereignty, security and development interest has not faltered. Its resolve to carry out one country, two systems has not faltered," says foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang

Hong Kong establishment crushed at polls in stark message to Beijing

Nov 25, 2019 - 8:18 AM

(UPDATED) Candidates seeking to loosen control by China seized an overwhelming majority – 388 seats out of 452 – in the city's 18 district councils

HONG KONG ELECTIONS. Pro-democracy supporters celebrate after pro-Beijing candidate Junius Ho lost a seat in the district council elections in Tuen Mun district of Hong Kong, early on November 25, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong leader says campus protesters must surrender

Nov 19, 2019 - 12:54 PM

In her first public comments on the siege at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Carrie Lam says she believed around 100 people remained at the campus, surrounded by police who were trying to quell the unrest

CARRIE LAM. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong on November 19, 2019. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Protesters hit Hong Kong commute as western powers urge restraint

Nov 12, 2019 - 12:45 PM

Small bands of masked protesters block roads, throw objects onto train tracks and hold up subway trains, sparking cat and mouse clashes with riot police and renewed chaos on the morning commute

CATAPULT. Protesters use a catapult against police during a protest Hong Kong's City University on November 12, 2019 following a day of pro-democracy protests.Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Xi Jinping has 'high degree of trust' in Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam

Nov 05, 2019 - 11:04 AM

The Chinese president and the Hong Kong executive meet on the sidelines of an international trade fair in Shanghai

This video grab taken from footage released by China Central Television (CCTV) shows Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam shaking hands during their meeting in Shanghai on November 4, 2019. Chinese President Xi Jinping has expressed a "high degree of trust" in Hong Kong's unpopular leader Carrie Lam as the two met in Shanghai, state media said, days after the Communist Party agreed to change the way it picks or removes the city's top official. Handout / China Central Television (CCTV) / AFP

China warns it won't tolerate dissent in Hong Kong

Nov 01, 2019 - 3:42 PM

China also plans to step up patriotic education in Hong Kong as a way to curb youth-led protests

Shen Chunyao, director of the Hong Kong, Macau and Basic Law Commission (L), speaks at a press conference in Beijing on November 1, 2019. Shen said on November 1 China would "improve" the way Hong Kong's chief executive and other officials are selected after months of pro-democracy protests in the semi-autonomous city. GREG BAKER / AFP

China plans to replace Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam – Financial Times

Oct 23, 2019 - 10:52 AM

(UPDATED) The Financial Times, quoting unnamed figures briefed on the deliberations, says the Chinese government is drawing up a plan to replace Carrie Lam with an interim chief executive

CARRIE LAM. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (C) speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong on August 5, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hands tied and paralyzed: Hong Kong leader struggles to end crisis

Oct 21, 2019 - 12:00 PM

The major steps taken by Beijing-backed city leader Carrie Lam fail to deal a decisive blow against protests, with some actions fanning the flames further

CARRIE LAM'S PROBLEMS. Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam (2nd L) leaves the chamber for a second time while trying to give her annual policy address as she is heckled by pro-democracy lawmakers (at background) at the Legislative Council (Legco) in Hong Kong on October 16, 2019. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Angry emojis flood Hong Kong leader's Facebook Live chat

Oct 18, 2019 - 12:35 AM

Angry faces significantly outnumber hearts and likes left by viewers on the hour-long Facebook Live broadcast, while critics also use the comments section to pile on

ANGRY REACTIONS. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam goes live on Facebook. Screenshot from Carrie Lam's Facebook page

Hong Kong lawmakers dragged from chamber as leader heckled for second day

Oct 17, 2019 - 1:26 PM

Chaos erupts once again as Carrie Lam's political opponents chant slogans and are dragged one by one from the chamber

DRAGGED OFF. Members of security try to block pro-democracy lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting (C-facing) as he chants slogans in protest as Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam holds a question and answer session at the Legislative Council (Legco) in Hong Kong on October 17, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong leader abandons policy speech after heckles from lawmakers

Oct 16, 2019 - 12:14 PM

(UPDATED) Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam leaves before reading her speech

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam (2nd L) leaves the chamber for a second time while trying to give her annual policy address as she is heckled by pro-democracy lawmakers (at background) at the Legislative Council (Legco) in Hong Kong on October 16, 2019. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam was to unveil a closely watched State of the Union-style speech on October 16 aimed at winning hearts and minds after four months of seething pro-democracy protests. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Hong Kong 'won't rule out' Chinese help over protests – leader

Oct 08, 2019 - 4:04 PM

Carrie Lam tells reporters that while she believes the city's authorities can cope with the unprecedented troubles, China could be called upon if the situation becomes 'so bad'

MASKED PROTESTERS. A woman (L) holds her mobile phone as a group of masked protesters run past while vandalising the Diamond Hill station in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 7, 2019.Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

First Hong Kongers appear in court for defying mask ban

Oct 07, 2019 - 12:35 PM

The face mask ban does little to halt the chaos or stop huge crowds of masked protesters from hitting the streets in defiance as opponents decried the move as a slide towards authoritarianism.

PROTESTS. Protesters shout slogans as they gather outside the Eastern District Courts in Hong Kong on October 7, 2019, where the first protesters arrested for wearing face masks appeared in court. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Police fire tear gas as large crowds defy Hong Kong mask ban

Oct 06, 2019 - 3:39 PM

(UPDATED) Pro-democracy lawmakers fail to get an emergency injunction against the mask ban from Hong Kong's High Court

MASKED PROTESTERS. A woman holds a mask with slogans written on as protesters gather outside Mong Kok police station in Hong Kong on October 5, 2019, a day after the city's leader outlawed face coverings at protests invoking colonial-era emergency powers not used for half a century. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

The colonial-era law that gives Hong Kong leader sweeping powers

Oct 04, 2019 - 8:30 PM

It is the first time in 52 years that these emergency powers have been invoked and the only time since the city was returned to China by Britain in 1997

CARRIE LAM. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong on September 17, 2019. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Malaysian PM says Hong Kong leader should quit

Oct 04, 2019 - 4:06 PM

'She has to obey the masters, at the same time she has to ask her conscience,' Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad tells a press conference

MAHATHIR MOHAMAD. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad gives a speech as he takes part in a plenary session of Eastern Economic Forum at far-eastern Russian port of Vladivostok on September 5, 2019. Photo by Vladimir Smirnov/TASS Host Photo Agency/AFP

Clashes as Hong Kong leader invokes emergency powers to ban face masks

Oct 04, 2019 - 3:48 PM

(4th UPDATE) As soon as the ban is announced, widespread protests break out across Hong Kong. Large crowds of mostly office workers block roads in the heart of the commercial district.

CARRIE LAM. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks at a press conference in Hong Kong on October 4, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Shot HK protester charged by police, as gov't moves to 'ban face masks'

Oct 03, 2019 - 6:04 PM

(UPDATED) Police say Tsang Chi-kin, 18, has been charged with rioting and two counts of assaulting officers. The school student faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

FACE MASKS. This photo taken on August 31 shows protester 'Ryan' (left) having his mask adjusted by a friend outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Hong Kong leader endures barrage of anger at town hall meeting

Sep 26, 2019 - 10:30 PM

Chief Executive Carrie Lam faces more than two hours of grilling at a public 'dialogue session,' the first time her pro-Beijing administration has sat down with its critics in 16 consecutive weeks of unrest

FIRST TIME. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (centre R) listens to a question as she takes part in a town hall meeting at Queen Elizabeth Stadium in the Wanchai district of Hong Kong on September 26, 2019, with some 150 people picked via lottery after more than 20,000 people applied to attend the event. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Hong Kong leader tells U.S. not to 'interfere' after fresh protests

Sep 10, 2019 - 2:46 PM

Hong Kong's pro-Beijing Chief Executive Carrie Lam says any change to its economic relationship with Washington would threaten 'mutual benefits'

CARRIE LAM. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong on September 10, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Riot police deployment thwarts Hong Kong airport protest

Sep 08, 2019 - 12:08 AM

A large deployment of police at key bus, ferry and rail links across the city appears to deter protesters from arriving en masse

FIERCE STAND. A group of riot police stand guard on a main road during a protest in Mong Kok district in Hong Kong on September 7, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong protesters reject leader's concession with new rallies

Sep 06, 2019 - 11:17 PM

Online messaging forums used by the largely leaderless movement have called for protesters to 'stress test' the airport on Saturday afternoon, September 7

PROTESTS CONTINUE. Protesters gather outside Prince Edward MTR station in Hong Kong on September 6, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong leader calls for dialogue after protesters reject concession

Sep 05, 2019 - 2:06 PM

Carrie Lam says her decision to withdraw the extradition bill is an attempt 'to help prevent violence and stop chaos as soon as possible'

CARRIE LAM. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (L) speaks at a press conference in Hong Kong on September 5, 2019, a day after she announced the withdrawal of a loathed extradition bill. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong: A timeline of mounting protest

Sep 05, 2019 - 8:52 AM

Here's a summary of the still simmering Hong Kong protest movement

SIMMERING.Students attend a school boycott rally at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on September 2, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong leader scraps loathed extradition law

Sep 04, 2019 - 3:06 PM

(4th UPDATE) 'The government will formally withdraw the bill in order to fully allay public concerns,' chief executive Carrie Lam says in a video statement on September 4

CARRIE LAM. Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam pauses while answering a question during a press conference after her first policy address at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong on October 11, 2017. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong leader insists she will stay on

Sep 03, 2019 - 6:02 PM

Chief Executive Carrie Lam is speaking after Reuters news agency released an audio recording of her telling business leaders last week that she wanted to step down and take responsibility for the unrest

NOT STEPPING DOWN. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (R) speaks to the media during her weekly press conference in Hong Kong on September 3, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Beijing says it 'firmly' supports Hong Kong leader

Sep 03, 2019 - 4:30 PM

China's government expresses support for Carrie Lam after Reuters news agency releases a recording of her telling business leaders last week she wanted to step down and take responsibility for the unrest

CARRIE LAM. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (C) speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong on August 5, 2019. File Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong leader hopes peaceful rally presages 'return to calm'

Aug 20, 2019 - 1:48 PM

'I wholeheartedly hope that this is the beginning of society returning to calm and staying away from violence,' Carrie Lam says

CARRIE LAM. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam smiles as she arrives before speaking at the Caixin Summit in Hong Kong on June 10, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

'When will you die?' Hong Kong leader grilled at press conference

Aug 13, 2019 - 2:19 PM

'When will you accept political responsibility to end citizens' fear?... When will you be willing to step down? When will you tell the police to stop?,' a reporter from Hong Kong's RTHK asks

LAM UNDER FIRE. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (C) speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong on August 5, 2019. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong's leader warns city faces 'path of no return'

Aug 13, 2019 - 11:52 AM

(UPDATED) Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam warns of the dangerous consequences facing the city if escalating violence at the rallies is not curbed

THE ABYSS. This screen grab taken from AFPTV video footage on August 13, 2019 shows Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaking during a press conference in Hong Kong concerning the continued protests that have gripped the southern Chinese territory. Str/ AFPTV/AFP

'No chance of retreating': Hong Kong protesters return to streets

Aug 11, 2019 - 4:52 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Activists calling for greater democratic freedoms in the city show no sign of standing down, despite Hong Kong's leader insisting she will not meet their demands

PROTESTS CONTINUE. Taiwanese students set up a human sign that reads 'Free Hong Kong' during a demonstration to support Hong Kong's anti extradition bill, in Taipei on August 11, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Hong Kong protesters defy police with 'hit-and-run' rallies

Aug 10, 2019 - 11:11 PM

The rallies come after Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said she would grant no concessions to demonstrators

PROTESTS CONTINUE. This file photo taken on August 5, 2019 shows a protester throwing a brick back at the police after they fired tear gas in Wong Tai Sin during a general strike in Hong Kong, as simultaneous rallies were held across seven districts. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Hong Kong leader rules out concessions, warns of economic downturn

Aug 09, 2019 - 10:23 PM

'Compared to the economic downturn caused by SARS that we handled previously, even to the (2008) economic crisis, the situation this time is more severe,' says Carrie Lam

ECONOMY. In this file photo, Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference at the government headquarters in Hong Kong on June 10, 2019. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Clashes, travel chaos in Hong Kong as leader warns city on brink

Aug 05, 2019 - 11:31 AM

(3rd UPDATE) In a rare public appearance since the crisis began, chief executive Carrie Lam warns protesters she will not cave to their demands

CARRIE LAM. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (C) speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong on August 5, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Pro-democracy push causes transport chaos in Hong Kong

Aug 05, 2019 - 10:15 AM

The strike is aimed at showing Beijing there is still broad public support for a protest movement that keeps hitting the streets but has won few concessions

SMALL COMFORT. A man comforts his late term pregnant wife near the platform of a MTR underground train after protesters blocked the train doors at Fortress Hill station in Hong Kong on August 5, 2019 in their efforts to disrupt the morning rush hour commute. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Clashes in Hong Kong after police charge protesters with rioting

Jul 31, 2019 - 12:05 AM

Hundreds are protesting after police announced that 44 people arrested in clashes on Sunday, July 28, have been charged with rioting

CLASHES. A police officer (C) points a firearm during clashes with protesters who had gathered outside Kwai Chung police station, in support of protesters detained with the charge of rioting, in Hong Kong on July 30, 2019. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

China says Hong Kong protests 'absolutely intolerable'

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:47 PM

'Actions by some radical demonstrators have affected the bottom line of the 'one country, two systems' principle, and that is absolutely intolerable,' foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says in Beijing

HONG KONG'S TROUBLES. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (C) speaks to the media during a press conference in Hong Kong on July 22, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP