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Attempts to split China risk 'smashed' bodies – Xi Jinping

Oct 14, 2019 - 12:21 PM

'Anyone who attempts to split any region from China will perish, with their bodies smashed and bones ground to powder,' Xi Jinping says, according to China's foreign ministry

XI'S WARNING. China's President Xi Jinping (C) waves on his arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport as he bids farewell, wrapping up his two-day visit to Nepal, in Kathmandu on October 13, 2019. Photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

Property investors turn to Southeast Asia amid Hong Kong unrest

Oct 13, 2019 - 11:40 PM

With protests showing no signs of slowing, Hong Kong's property sector is feeling the pain

This photograph taken on August 19, 2019 shows an overview of highrise private condominiums in Singapore. - From luxury apartments in Singapore to Malaysian seafront condos, Hong Kongers are increasingly leaving the city to buy property in Southeast Asia, demoralised by increasingly violent protests as well as the China-US trade war. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP) / TO GO WITH HongKong-China-SEAsia-politics-unrest-property,FOCUS by Sam Reeves and Catherine Lai

Protesters erect 'Lady Liberty' statue on Hong Kong mountain top

Oct 13, 2019 - 5:38 PM

The statue – a regular feature at protests – makes her final journey to the top of Lion Rock, which is intimately linked to the city's democracy movement

PROTEST SYMBOL. This aerial photo shows a 4-meter statue known as "Lady Liberty" (R), after it was hauled by pro-democracy protesters to the top of Lion Rock, one of the Hong Kong's most famous mountain tops, on October 13, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Multiple arrests in Hong Kong as 'flashmob' protests hit pro-Bejing targets

Oct 13, 2019 - 4:36 PM

(UPDATED) Rallies erupt in multiple neighborhoods with some protesters blocking roads, spraying graffiti on pro-China businesses, smashing windows, and erecting barricades

PROTESTS CONTINUE. Hong Kong police detain a man for an unknown reason outside a shopping centre in the Tai Koo area of Hong Kong on October 13, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

LOOK: Japanese soufflé pancakes from Hong Kong café am.pm are in Manila

Oct 11, 2019 - 6:27 PM

Who's up for some fluffy pancakes?

SOUFFLE PANCAKES. Hong Kong cafe am.pm brings Japan's famously light and fluffy souffle pancakes to Ayala Malls Manila Bay. Photo courtesy of am.pm Philippines

NBA game to go ahead in China despite free speech row

Oct 10, 2019 - 2:38 PM

LeBron James and the Lakers take on the Brooklyn Nets in a Shanghai preseason game amid a controversial pro-democracy tweet that has angered China

Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

Hong Kong supporters removed from 76ers-Guangzhou game

Oct 10, 2019 - 1:01 PM

Two fans get escorted out during the preseason game of the Philadelphia 76ers and the Guangzhou Lions for yelling and flashing 'Free Hong Kong' signs

PRESEASON. Shake Milton and the Sixers overpower the Guangzhou Lions in an exhibition match. Photo from Philadelphia 76ers

PH Consulate in Hong Kong reminds Filipinos to avoid protest areas

Oct 09, 2019 - 4:30 PM

With no end in sight to the protests in Hong Kong, Filipinos there are advised to stay vigilant

PROTESTS CONTINUE. Masked pro-democracy protesters marched through Hong Kong in defiance of a ban on face coverings as much of the city ground to a halt on October 5, with the subway suspended and many shops shuttered following another night of violence. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Chinese media slam NBA 'about face' on Hong Kong

Oct 09, 2019 - 2:41 PM

As the NBA insists it won't apologize for a controversial Hong Kong tweet, Chinese media say there's now 'little room for reconciliation'

FIRESTORM. James Harden and the Houston Rockets – who are in Japan for preseason events – get a lot of backlash in China. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

NBA: 'We are not apologizing' for Hong Kong tweet

Oct 08, 2019 - 6:59 PM

'The NBA will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say on these issue,' says NBA commissioner Adam Silver

NO APOLOGY. The NBA is not liable for the statements of its teams in the league. Photo from Twitter/@HoustonRockets

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

Hong Kong Stock Exchange drops bid for London rival

Oct 08, 2019 - 3:20 PM

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited says it is 'disappointed' to pull its bid for the London Stock Exchange Group

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

NBA backs free speech after Hong Kong tweet furor

Oct 08, 2019 - 2:16 PM

'Daryl Morey is supported in terms of his ability to exercise his freedom of expression,' says NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

APOLOGY. James Harden apologizes to China for Daryl Morey's tweets supporting the Hong Kong protests. Photo from Houston Rockets' Twitter account (@HoustonRockets)

Hong Kong protesters boycott Vans over sneaker design controversy

Oct 08, 2019 - 1:29 PM

Vans says that they 'have never taken a political position and therefore review designs to ensure they are in line with our company’s long-held values of respect and tolerance, as well as with our clearly communicated guidelines for this competition'

Hong Kong cabinet member floats internet curbs to contain unrest

Oct 07, 2019 - 9:11 PM

'The government will not rule out the possibility of placing a ban on the internet,' says Ip Kwok-him, a veteran pro-Beijing politician and member of Hong Kong's executive council

HONG KONG PROTESTS. A man looks at the burnt and defaced entrance to the entrance to the Causeway Bay MTR underground train system after the weekend protests forced the rail network to shut down, in Hong Kong on October 7, 2019. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

'We love China': Harden sorry over Rockets GM's Hong Kong tweet

Oct 07, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The tweet sent out by Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has cost the franchise TV exposure and sponsorship in the lucrative Chinese market

DAMAGE CONTROL. James Harden says he 'loves' playing in China. File photo Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/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

U.N. rights chief troubled by Hong Kong violence

Oct 05, 2019 - 7:12 PM

'We are troubled by the high levels of violence associated with some demonstrations that have been taking place in the past days,' says UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet

HONG KONG PROTEST. Debris are left burning during clashes with police following an unsanctioned march through Hong Kong on September 29, 2019. Photo by Isaac Lawrence / AFP

Hong Kong protesters defy mask ban as city grinds to halt

Oct 05, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Hundreds staged marches and flashmob protests a day after the city's leader outlawed masks at protests, invoking colonial-era emergency powers

MORE PROTESTS. Protesters take part in a rally in the Wanchai district in Hong Kong on October 1, 2019, as the city observes the National Day holiday to mark the 70th anniversary of communist China's founding. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Pepe the protest frog? Hong Kong kids aren't alt-right

Oct 05, 2019 - 12:22 PM

Pepe the Frog's embrace by Hong Kongers is the latest bizarre twist in the fate of a cartoon character who went from relative internet obscurity to international notoriety

A woman wears a “Pepe the Frog" headband during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong on September 30, 2019. Millions have hit the streets during nearly four months of pro-democracy protests, and hardcore activists have repeatedly clashed with police, in the biggest challenge to China's rule since the city's handover from Britain in 1997. Mohd RASFAN / AFP

'We fear Hong Kong will become just another Chinese city': An interview with Martin Lee

Oct 05, 2019 - 9:00 AM

'We’re proving that Beijing’s power is not invincible or inevitable. We’re demonstrating that failure is not falling down but refusing to stand up,' says Martin Lee, affectionately known as the 'grandfather of Hong Kong democracy'

'GRANDFATHER OF HONG KONG DEMOCRACY'. Barrister and former lawmaker Martin Lee speaks following a silent march against what lawyers and members of the election committee's legal sector claim is political persecution by the Secretary for Justice, while demanding an independent inquiry into the anti-extradition law crisis, in Hong Kong on August 7, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

All Hong Kong rail services to remain suspended after protest violence – MTR

Oct 05, 2019 - 8:42 AM

(UPDATED) MTR maintenance staff must ensure their own safety before carrying out the necessary repairs

Riot police stand guard inside a train station in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on September 15, 2019. Hong Kong riot police fired tear gas and water cannons on September 15 at hardcore pro-democracy protesters hurling rocks and petrol bombs, in a return to the political chaos plaguing the city. ISAAC LAWRENCE / 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

New protests as Hong Kong government mulls face mask ban

Oct 04, 2019 - 1:00 PM

(UPDATED) Carrie Lam is expected to meet her cabinet to decide whether they should enact the Emergency Regulations Ordinance to ban all face coverings

MASKED PROTESTERS. A masked pro-democracy protester holds up his hand with other demonstrators to symbolize their 5 demands, during a protest against an expected government ban on protesters wearing face masks at Chater Garden in Hong Kong on October 4, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/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 flash-mob rallies erupt as anger mounts over shot protester

Oct 02, 2019 - 2:53 PM

(UPDATED) Hundreds of students stage a sit-in at the school of Tsang Chi-kin, 18, who was shot in the chest by a policeman as he and a group of masked protesters assaulted officers with umbrellas and poles

PROTEST. A man carries a miniature statue as protesters and supporters gather outside the entrance to the West Kowloon Court in Hong Kong on October 2, 2019. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Sit-in at school of Hong Kong protester shot by police

Oct 02, 2019 - 10:11 AM

The international finance hub is reeling from the shooting, the first time a demonstrator has been struck with a live round in nearly 4 months of increasingly violent pro-democracy protests

Riot police fire projectiles against protesters in the Sha Tin district of Hong Kong on October 1, 2019, as violent demonstrations take place in the streets of the city on the National Day holiday to mark the 70th anniversary of communist China's founding. Strife-torn Hong Kong on October 1 marked the 70th anniversary of communist China's founding with defiant "Day of Grief" protests and fresh clashes with police as pro-democracy activists ignored a ban and took to the streets across the city.  ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Police shoot Hong Kong protester as China celebrates 70th birthday

Oct 01, 2019 - 6:24 PM

(UPDATED) It is the first such shooting in nearly 4 months of increasingly violent protests and threatens to strip the spotlight from China's carefully choreographed birthday party

CLASH. Hong Kong police detain a protester (C) during demonstrations in the Wanchai district in Hong Kong on October 1 as the city observes the National Day holiday to mark the 70th anniversary of communist China's founding. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Hong Kong defies China anniversary with 'Day of Grief' rallies

Oct 01, 2019 - 2:49 PM

Hong Kong is on edge as protesters vow to overshadow Beijing's festivities, stepping up nearly 4 months of protests pushing for greater democratic freedoms and police accountability

CHINA ANNIVERSARY PROTESTS. Protesters take part in a rally in the Wanchai district in Hong Kong on October 1, 2019, as the city observes the National Day holiday to mark the 70th anniversary of communist China's founding. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

China celebrates 70 years as Hong Kong unrest looms large

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:05 AM

'Unity is iron and steel. Unity is a source of strength,' says Chinese President Xi Jinping in a speech on Monday, the eve of celebrations

Chinese troops take part in a rehearsal in front of a screen shows the emblem of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China ahead of a military parade in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 1, 2019. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

Fresh protests rock Hong Kong as China's 70th anniversary approaches

Sep 30, 2019 - 8:07 PM

On October 1, Beijing will hold one of the biggest celebrations the world has seen to date. Yet, in Hong Kong, it will be a day to pour oil onto the parade.

Starbucks becomes latest target of Hong Kong protester rage

Sep 30, 2019 - 2:03 PM

The vandalism illustrates the huge pressures on international brands as Hong Kong is shaken by its worst political unrest in decades

STARBUCKS TROUBLES. A man cleans up graffiti put up by protesters on the front of a Starbucks coffee shop in Hong Kong on September 30, 2019, a day after the protest-wracked financial hub witnessed its fiercest political violence in weeks. Photo by Jerome Taylor/AFP

Strife-torn Hong Kong braces for China anniversary day violence

Sep 30, 2019 - 12:39 PM

The ongoing unrest in Hong Kong threatens to upstage National Day festivities in China as the semi-autonomous city boils with public anger over the erosion of its special freedoms

BURNING DEBRIS. Debris are left burning during clashes with police following an unsanctioned march through Hong Kong on September 29, 2019. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Sydney, Taiwan kick off global protests for Hong Kong

Sep 29, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Similar rallies are being held in more than 40 cities worldwide as part of a global day of action in support of Hong Kong protests

GLOBAL RALLY. Taiwanese march in the streets outside the parliament in Taipei during a demonstration to support Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests on September 29, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Hong Kong police fire tear gas at protesters in shopping district

Sep 29, 2019 - 3:31 PM

The 'anti-totalitarianism' rally in Causeway Bay is part of a series of protests held around the globe this weekend by Beijing critics

CAUSEWAY PROTEST. A foreigner tries to avoid the smoke after police fired tear gas toward protesters gathered in the Causeway Bay shopping district in Hong Kong on September 29, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Clashes as Hong Kong marks 5 years since 'Umbrella' protests

Sep 28, 2019 - 10:51 PM

Protesters mark 5 years since the Umbrella movement, the failed pro-democracy campaign launched by Hong Kong citizens, mostly youth, in 2014

UMBRELLA MOVEMENT. Protesters gather at a main road near the central government offices in the Admiralty area in Hong Kong on September 28, 2019, on the fifth anniversary of the "Umbrella Movement." Photo by Mohd Rasfan

Hong Kongers start days of rallies ahead of China's birthday

Sep 28, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Democracy protesters in semi-autonomous Hong Kong are determined to take the shine off the festivities to mark 70 years since the founding of the People's Republic of China

A man posts handbills and notes to help create a new "Lennon Wall" in the Admiralty area in Hong Kong on September 28, 2019, as activists mark the fifth anniversary of the "Umbrella Movement", a failed 79-day occupation that called for universal suffrage. Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP

U.S. academic denied Hong Kong entry after Congress testimony

Sep 28, 2019 - 3:19 PM

Dan Garrett adds to the growing list of openly critical academics, researchers, politicians, and activists who have been denied entry in recent years

Trafficked to extinction: India, Nepal, Hong Kong

Sep 27, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Reporters from India, Nepal, and Hong Kong investigate the pangolin trade in their countries

A rescued pangolin at the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation near Kaziranga National Park in Assam, India. © Dauharu Baro / Wildlife Trust of India / International Fund for Animal Welfare

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

Trump vows pressure on Iran as Europeans seek U.N. breakthrough

Sep 25, 2019 - 12:05 AM

In a speech to world leaders full of praise of unilateralism and criticism of China, Donald Trump makes clear he will not ease economic pressure on Iran – a condition set by Hassan Rouhani for any meeting

TRUMP AND UN. US President Donald Trump speaks at the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters on September 24, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

Budweiser maker InBev prices IPO to raise $5 billion

Sep 24, 2019 - 7:25 PM

The initial public offering of AB InBev's Asia unit Budweiser Brewing Company APAC Ltd is the world's second biggest IPO for 2019

Fresh Hong Kong clashes outside mall but airport avoids disruption

Sep 22, 2019 - 2:49 PM

(UPDATED) Hong Kong police fire tear gas and rubber bullets in the northern town of Sha Tin on Sunday, September 22

Pro-democracy protesters desecrate the Chinese national flag during a protest at the New Town Plaza shopping mall in Hong Kong's Sha Tin district on September 22, 2019. - The demonstrators rallied inside a mall on September 22, with some activists vandalising a nearby subway station and defacing a Chinese flag, but plans to disrupt the airport did not materialise. (Photo by Isaac LAWRENCE / AFP)

Hong Kong a 'police state,' prominent protesters tell AFP

Sep 22, 2019 - 8:24 AM

Well-known protest leaders accuse the Hong Kong government of using its police force as a tool to 'abuse the public power and to torture the people'

RIOT. 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

Amnesty International says Hong Kong police using excessive force

Sep 20, 2019 - 1:52 PM

'In an apparent thirst for retaliation, Hong Kong's security forces have engaged in a disturbing pattern of reckless and unlawful tactics against people during the protests,' says Amnesty International

Police personnel fire tear-gas shells to disperse Pro-Democracy protestors in the Sham Shui Po Area of Hong Kong on August 14, 2019. More than 10 weeks of sometimes-violent demonstrations have wracked the semi-autonomous city, with millions taking to the streets to demand democratic reforms and police accountability. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

China rebukes Washington after HK activists make Congress plea

Sep 19, 2019 - 7:43 PM

China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang calls for the US to 'stop interfering in Hong Kong's affairs in any form'

CONGRESS PLEA. Secretary-General of Hong Kong's Demosisto party and leader of the 'Umbrella Movement' Joshua Wong (L), and pro-democracy activist and Cantopop singer Denise Ho (R) wait for the beginning of a hearing before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China September 17, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Hong Kong activists take cause to U.S. Congress, urge pressure on Beijing

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:50 AM

Cantopop star Denise Ho and activist Joshua Wong testify before a congressional commission in Washington in support of US legislation aimed at defending Hong Kongers' civil rights

FOR HONG KONG. Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong looks on during a hearing before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 17, 2019. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP