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China parliament approves plan to impose HK security law

May 28, 2020 - 6:19 PM

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 last year

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

Hong Kong courts groan under weight of protest trials

May 28, 2020 - 3:11 PM

Hong Kong police say nearly 9,000 people have been arrested since the often violent protests kicked off last June with 1,600 proceeding to trial so far

SILENT PROTEST. 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. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

China refuses UN Security Council meeting on Hong Kong

May 28, 2020 - 10:56 AM

'This is another example of the Chinese Communist Party's fear of transparency and international accountability for its actions,' Washington's UN mission says

BLACK FLAG. In this file photo taken on July 1, 2019, a protester waves a "Black Bauhinia" flag as others set up barricades at Lung Wo road outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. Photo by Vivek Prakash/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

Hong Kong high school students go back to class

May 27, 2020 - 12:59 PM

Hundreds of secondary schools open their doors for senior students, the first classes in the state sector since late January

Workers walk on a footbridge outside the Legislative Council after passing a check point (back) manned by riot police in Hong Kong on May 27, 2020, ahead of a debate over a law that bans insulting China's national anthem. ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP

Hong Kong police stamp out national anthem law protests

May 27, 2020 - 10:06 AM

(UPDATED) In a statement police say they 'respect the right of residents to express their views peacefully, but it must be carried out legally'

READY. Riot police stand guard outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong on May 27, 2020, ahead of a debate over a law that bans insulting China's national anthem. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Trump sounds warning over Hong Kong's future

May 27, 2020 - 8:36 AM

Trump promises a 'very interesting' US response within days

FREE HONG KONG. Protesters march on a road during a pro-democracy rally against a proposed new security law in Hong Kong on May 24, 2020. 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

Macau casino tycoon Stanley Ho dies aged 98

May 26, 2020 - 3:50 PM

(UPDATED) Known as the 'godfather' of Macau's casinos, Stanley Ho was instrumental in turning the semi-autonomous city on China's southern coastline into a gambling boomtown

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 16, 2008, casino tycoon Stanley Ho attends the listing ceremony of his part-owned company SJM Holdings Limited in Hong Kong. - Stanley Ho, the Hong Kong-born tycoon who made billions transforming neighbouring Macau from a sleepy Portuguese outpost into the world's biggest gambling hub, died on May 26, 2020 at the age of 98, his family said. (Photo by ANDREW ROSS / 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

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 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

Thousands protest in Hong Kong over China security law proposal

May 24, 2020 - 3:03 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Police say at least 180 people were arrested on Sunday, May 24, majority in Causeway Bay and Wan Chai districts

PROTESTS. Protesters march on a road during 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

Hong Kong stocks battered by China security proposal

May 22, 2020 - 5:50 PM

Investors flee for the hills on Friday, May 22, worried about China's increasing influence in Hong Kong

STOCKS BOOSTED. (L-R) The flags of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, China, and Hong Kong are seen flapping in the wind on May 6, 2019. File photo by Anthony Wallace/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)

Outrage in Hong Kong as China pushes security law

May 22, 2020 - 9:42 AM

(UPDATED) '#HongKong has been the safe harbor for dissent; it's the light, the conscience, the voice that speaks truth to an increasingly powerful China,' tweets Maya Wang, senior China researcher for Human Rights Watch

THE END. Pro-democracy protesters display a banner calling for the city's independence at a shopping mall in the town of Shatin in Hong Kong on May 1, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/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

After COVID-19 success, Hong Kong's health workers worry about reopening

May 21, 2020 - 9:30 PM

With cities in mainland China reopened, there are reports Hong Kong could allow immigration services to resume once again

FRONTLINERS. Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai is one of several hospitals where coronavirus patients in Hong Kong are being treated. File photo by Tommy Walker/Rappler

Hong Kong extends gathering ban to Tiananmen anniversary

May 19, 2020 - 5:51 PM

The candlelight vigil usually attracts huge crowds and is the only place on Chinese soil where such a major commemoration of the anniversary is still allowed

TIANANMEN ANNIVERSARY. A statue of 'Goddess of Democracy' is seen amid people attending a candlelight vigil at Victoria Park in Hong Kong on June 4, 2019, to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown in Beijing. File photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Anthem bill sparks new clashes in Hong Kong legislature

May 18, 2020 - 1:03 PM

Fighting erupts in Hong Kong's House Committee, a body that helps scrutinize bills, with protesting pro-democracy lawmakers dragged from the chamber by security guards and scuffles between rival camps flaring up

HONG KONG LEGISLATURE SCUFFLE. Pro democracy and pro Beijing lawmakers scuffle at the House Committee's election of chairpersons at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong on May 18, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

U.S. tells China not to interfere with its journalists in Hong Kong

May 18, 2020 - 10:47 AM

'These journalists are members of a free press, not propaganda cadres,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Hong Kong history exam questions spark China rebuke

May 15, 2020 - 2:47 PM

(UPDATED) Education is becoming a new target for Beijing after 7 months of huge and often violent democracy protests rocked Hong Kong last year

Hong Kong risks new unrest with China anthem bill – opposition

May 12, 2020 - 7:15 PM

Pro-democracy lawmaker Tanya Chan says the city is now in a 'very delicate and sensitive situation'

NEW UNREST? In this file photo, pro-democracy lawmaker Tanya Chan answers the questions from media outside Hong Kong's High Court on October 31, 2019. File photo by Philip Fong/AFP

230 arrested in Hong Kong's 1st major protests since virus began

May 11, 2020 - 10:27 PM

Police say 230 people between the ages of 12 and 65 were arrested on various charges including unlawful assembly, assaulting a police officer, and failing to produce identity documents

IN PROTEST. 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

Riot police chase Hong Kong Mother's Day protesters

May 10, 2020 - 9:48 PM

At least 3 arrests are made while groups of officers conducted multiple stop and searches

Hong Kong gyms, bars, cinemas reopen as virus measures ease

May 08, 2020 - 6:15 PM

In Hong Kong, health officials have made impressive headway against COVID-19 thanks to efficient testing, tracing, and treatment programs with just over 1,000 infections and 4 deaths

COVID-19 IN HONG KONG. People gather to watch the sunset as they stand on a viewing platform in Tamar Park overlooking Victoria Harbour and the Kowloon skyline in Hong Kong on May 5, 2020. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Rival camps clash in chaotic Hong Kong legislature

May 08, 2020 - 4:44 PM

Friday's clashes are sparked by a row over who gets to control the House Committee, which scrutinizes bills before they go to the floor and has been without a committee leader since October

LEGISLATURE TROUBLES. Pro-democracy lawmaker Eddie Chu Hoi-dick (top C) shouts at security trying to restrain him after pro-Beijing lawmaker Starry Lee (not seen) sat in the chairperson's seat before a key committee meeting at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong on May 8, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong seizes fins from 38,500 endangered sharks

May 07, 2020 - 1:22 PM

The record haul is discovered in two containers from Ecuador, and highlights the continued demand for shark fin, which is served at wedding banquets in many Chinese communities

This handout photo taken on May 6, 2020 and received on May 7 from the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department shows seized sharks fins displayed at a customs facility in Hong Kong. Hong Kong has seized 26 tonnes of smuggled shark fins sliced from some 38,500 endangered animals in the largest bust of its kind in the southern Chinese city. Handout / Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department / AFP

China warns Hong Kong protesters against 'stirring up trouble'

May 06, 2020 - 4:25 PM

Hong Kong police use pepper spray to disperse protesters last Friday, May 1, after a largely peaceful public holiday

A police officer gestures towards the media during a protest at Hung Hom in Hong Kong on December 1, 2019. - Police fired tear gas and pepper spray in Hong Kong on December 1 as tens of thousands of black-clad protesters flooded into the streets, a week after pro-democracy candidates scored a landslide local election victory. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)

Hong Kong to lift major social restrictions as virus fades

May 05, 2020 - 5:45 PM

The relaxation will be a boost for a city mired in a deep recession following months of virus restrictions as well as anti-government protests that have battered the economy

COVID-19 IN HONG KONG. A woman wears a face mask as she walks across a zebra crossing in Hong Kong on April 28, 2020. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong penguins chill during pandemic while carers work overtime

May 05, 2020 - 4:25 PM

Piles of fresh snow have been laid out as some 100 penguins excitedly gather for the mid-morning feeding session. Hong Kong's Ocean Park is still shut because of the coronavirus outbreak.

HAVING FUN. This picture taken on May 4, 2020 shows marine mammal carers feeding penguins in their enclosure at the Ocean Park theme park, which is currently closed due to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, in Hong Kong. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong economy shrinks record 8.9% in Q1 2020

May 04, 2020 - 6:40 PM

This is the worst decline in gross domestic product since the Hong Kong government began compiling data in 1974

FRESH PRODUCE. In this picture taken in Hong Kong on March 18, 2020, Mandy Tang (center right), who used to be an interior designer and is now a housewife, picks up a locally grown beetroot at Mapopo Community Farm. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Balcony banners, e-rallies as pandemic curbs May Day demos

May 02, 2020 - 4:43 PM

Except for arrests and a riot in some places, most gatherings on this unusual Labor Day were small and without incident

Pro-democracy protesters wear face masks, as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, as they display a banner calling for the city’s independence at a shopping mall in the town of Shatin in Hong Kong on May 1, 2020. Riot police fanned out across Hong Kong on May 1 after democracy activists threatened to defy a ban on gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic -- but the streets remained largely calm. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Police on alert in Hong Kong ahead of planned democracy rallies

May 01, 2020 - 2:36 PM

Small protests have bubbled up in the past week and activists are hoping to use May Day to muster numbers once more

Pro-democracy protesters (front) observe social distancing measures in groups of four or less as they gather at a shopping mall during a ‘Lunch With You’ rally in Hong Kong on April 29, 2020. After four months of calm, protests are cropping up in Hong Kong once more, even as the city hunkers down to beat the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

How Beijing is reigniting Hong Kong's protests

Apr 30, 2020 - 11:18 AM

The pro-democracy camp wants to stop a bill that criminalizes disrespecting China's national anthem

PROTEST. A pro-democracy protester (L) holds up a placard as he and others (top) observe social distancing measures while gathered in groups of 4 or less at a shopping mall during a ‘Lunch With You’ rally in Hong Kong on April 29, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Express delivery: mothers rally to donate vital breastmilk

Apr 27, 2020 - 12:15 PM

Hong Kong mothers support a coronavirus patient's children with a pledge of breastmilk

BREASTMILK. In this picture taken on April 1, 2020, French mother Aude Senelar pours freshly expressed milk into a storage bag in Hong Kong after an emergency callout by the founder of social media support group Hong Kong Breastfeeding for breast milk donations for the youngest daughter of a then-hospitalized COVID-19 patient. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong dissident reopens bookshop in Taiwan, defying Beijing

Apr 25, 2020 - 3:58 PM

Lam Wing-kee is 1 of 5 booksellers from Causeway Bay Books publishing salacious titles about China's leaders. Lam vanished and then resurfaced in custody on the mainland in 2015.

UNBOWED. Lam Wing-kee, a bookseller from Hong Kong who in 2015 was detained in China for allegedly bringing banned books into the mainland, waves to the press during the launch of the 'Causeway Bay Books' bookstore in Taipei on April 25, 2020. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Hong Kong political crisis deepens despite protest lull during virus

Apr 23, 2020 - 11:12 AM

Police arrest 15 prominent activists on charges linked to last year's demonstrations. Those detained were not masked protesters who often violently clashed with police, but rather some of the city's best-known moderates.

LEE. In this file photo taken on April 18, 2020, former lawmaker and pro-democracy activist Martin Lee (C) gestures as he leaves the Central District police station in Hong Kong, after being arrested and accused of organizing and taking part in an unlawful assembly in August last year. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

As new coronavirus cases slow, more HK residents going outdoors

Apr 22, 2020 - 8:30 AM

There appears to be a growing number of Hong Kong residents happy to venture out to popular locations despite repeated warnings against social gatherings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

DAY TRIP. Cheung Chau Island, as seen here on April 12, is a popular location for residents to take a day trip. File photo by Tommy Walker/Rappler

Top Chinese official for Hong Kong security probed for corruption

Apr 20, 2020 - 5:09 PM

Sun Lijun is being investigated for 'serious violations of discipline and the law' – a euphemism for corruption – according to China's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection

Hong Kong activists arrested over last year's democracy rallies

Apr 18, 2020 - 3:44 PM

Among those arrested is media tycoon Jimmy Lai, founder of anti-establishment tabloid Apple Daily

Hong Kong media tycoon and founder of Apple Daily newspaper Jimmy Lai (C) leaves the Kowloon City police station in Hong Kong on February 28, 2020, after being arrested on the suspicion of taking part in an unauthorised assembly on August 31 last year. Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, a high profile critic of Beijing, was arrested on February 28 for taking part in last year's pro-democracy protests that rocked the city for seven months.  ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Piano van: Hong Kong music lessons go mobile to beat virus

Apr 15, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Music tutors in Hong Kong are trying to keep personal music lessons going despite the challenges of the coronavirus

In this photo taken on April 10, 2020, piano student Alfred Tang, 10, wears a face mask, as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, while playing piano as his teacher Evan Kam, 28, guides him through the piece during a lesson in a ‘piano truck’ in Hong Kong. - Inspired by the concept of a mobile library, piano teacher Evan Kam and his colleagues began providing lessons in their three piano trucks in February 2020, after most students were not able to attend piano classes due to concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. The piano truck is driven near to where each student lives and is sanitised at the beginning of each day, as well as before and after each class. Face masks are compulsory for both tutors and students and hand sanitising gel is provided in a dispenser in the truck. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

Pandas use lockdown privacy to mate after a decade of trying

Apr 07, 2020 - 7:37 PM

Like half the planet, Ying Ying and Le Le have only really had each other for company since coronavirus-caused lockdowns shut off the flow of guests to their theme park pad

AMID LOCKDOWN. This handout photo provided by Ocean Park Hong Kong on April 7, 2020 shows giant pandas Ying Ying and Le Le before mating at Ocean Park in Hong Kong on April 6, 2020. AFP PHOTO/Ocean Park Hong Kong

Virus sparks boom for local farmers in import-dependent Hong Kong

Apr 06, 2020 - 2:30 PM

For Hong Kong's dwindling farming community, the coronavirus pandemic sparks a sudden boom in business

In this picture taken in Hong Kong on March 18, 2020, Mandy Tang (centre R), who used to be an interior designer and is now a housewife, picks up a locally grown beetroot at Ma Po Po Community Farm. - After the coronavirus triggered a wave of panic-buying that briefly left Hong Kong's supermarket shelves bare, residents are turning to local producers for fresh food in a city almost entirely reliant on imports. (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP) / TO GO WITH: Virus health HongKong food, FOCUS by Su XINQI

Hong Kongers embrace confined space workouts during pandemic

Apr 02, 2020 - 3:00 PM

With gyms and fitness clubs closed due to the coronavirus, people are turning to online classes to get fit

In this picture taken on March 26, 2020, personal trainer Kristen Handford, 33, records a fitness class for her clients in Discovery Bay, on the outlying Lantau Island in Hong Kong. - More than 3.4 billion people have been called on or forced by authorities to stay at home, around 44 percent of the world population, according to a count based on an AFP database. Many are wondering how they can stay healthy during the weeks -- and possibly months -- of self-isolation that lie ahead. Hong Kongers, who live in some of the world's smallest apartments, say it can be done. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP) / TO GO WITH HongKong-health-virus-fitness,FOCUS by Jerome TAYLOR

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