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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

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

China moves to tighten grip on Hong Kong

May 22, 2020 - 11:30 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The most controversial move at the National People's Congress in China is a measure that would impose security legislation in Hong Kong

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivers his work report during the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 22, 2020. - China has made "major strategic achievements" in its response to the coronavirus outbreak, Premier Li Keqiang said at the opening of the National People's Congress on May 22. (Photo by Leo RAMIREZ / 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

China may postpone annual parliament session as it battles coronavirus

Feb 17, 2020 - 4:34 PM

China's ruling council will 'deliberate a draft decision' over postponing the 10-day National People's Congress ahead of the meeting due to start on March 5

LOOK: Chinese flags raised at Batasan to welcome Beijing officials

Sep 10, 2018 - 5:43 PM

Inter-Parliamentary Relations and Special Affairs Bureau Director Edith Cardenas says 'this is not the first' time a foreign flag was raised at the House of Representatives

CHINA AT THE HOUSE. Chinese flags are seen flapping in the wind at the House of Representatives. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

The week in photos: March 17-23, 2018

Mar 24, 2018 - 12:49 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A refugee child participates in an anti-racist demonstration in Athens on March 17, 2018, marking as well two-years of the EU-Turkey deal and the closing of the borders. The banner reads' fight fortess Europe'. Refugees and solidarity groups condemned the new shipwreck off Agathonissi island earlier today, where 16 refugees drowned. / AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI

Empowered Xi says China ready to fight 'bloody battle'

Mar 20, 2018 - 3:14 PM

President Xi Jinping's address caps an annual session of the National People's Congress that paved the way for him to rule for life

China's Xi Jinping calls for military loyalty to new constitution

Mar 12, 2018 - 9:39 PM

The rubber-stamp parliament of China on Sunday endorsed Xi's move to abolish rules limiting heads of state to 10 years in power

POWER. A soldier stands guard outside the Great Hall of the People after a plenary session of the National People's Congress in Beijing on March 11, 2018. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

China's parliament puts Xi on course to rule for life

Mar 11, 2018 - 4:30 PM

(UPDATED) The parliament abolishes presidential term limits, giving Chinese President Xi Jinping a lifetime to push his goal of turning China into a global economic powerhouse with a 'world-class' military

Chinese President Xi Jinping votes during the third plenary session of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 11, 2018. China's rubber-stamp parliament is set on March 11, to hand President Xi Jinping free rein to rule the rising Asian superpower indefinitely, with potential abstentions offering the only suspense in the historic vote. / AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO

China downplays lifting of presidential term limit

Mar 04, 2018 - 4:02 PM

'It is conducive to uphold the authority of the Central Committee of the party with comrade Xi Jinping at the core and also to unify leadership,' says a party spokesman

TERM LIMIT ISSUE. China's President Xi Jinping attends a meeting with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on December 5, 2017. File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP pool

China 'won't sit idly by' if US harms trade

Mar 04, 2018 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) 'China doesn't want a trade war with the United States,' says China National People's Congress spokesman Zhang Yesui

CHINA RESPONDS. China leader Xi Jinping delivers a speech at the opening session of the Chinese Communist Party's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP