Hong Kong could be in for fresh protests today after the government let lapse a 5pm deadline set by protesters for it to formally withdraw a contentious extradition Bill. A crowd, many of them students, gathered at the government offices in Tamar before 5pm yesterday to see if the government would accede to their demand after last week's massive rallies in the city. Student Jacqueline Chan, 16, who turned up at 4.30pm with several classmates, said they were angry with the Hong Kong government. "Our generation is growing up in a very different environment from that on the mainland. We are not worried about the details of the extradition Bill but the fact that the government wants to have an agreement with the mainland," she said. "But the government doesn't get what we are concerned about." In rallying calls circulating on social media, protesters threatened to block the roads leading to the government headquarters in Admiralty and take other action today if Hong Kong Chief Executive … [Read more...] about Hong Kong braces itself for more protests over unmet demands
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HONG KONG: Hong Kong was braced for another mass rally Sunday as public anger seethed following unprecedented clashes between protesters and police over an extradition law, despite a climbdown by the city’s embattled leader in suspending the bill. Organisers were hoping for another mammoth turnout as they vowed to keep pressure on chief executive Carrie Lam, who paused work on the hugely divisive bill Saturday after days of mounting pressure, saying she had misjudged the public mood. Critics fear the Beijing-backed law will tangle people up in China’s notoriously opaque and politicised courts and damage the city’s reputation as a safe business hub. The city was rocked by the worst political violence since its 1997 handover to China on Wednesday as tens of thousands of protesters were dispersed by riot police firing tear gas and rubber bullets. Lam stopped short of committing to permanently scrapping the proposal Saturday and the concession was swiftly rejected by … [Read more...] about Hong Kong braces for huge rally as public anger boils
BEIJING: China is digging in for a tough period of deteriorating ties with the United States, fanning the flames of patriotism with Korean War films, a viral song on the trade war, and editorials lambasting Washington. The trade spat has turned into a war of words since President Donald Trump blacklisted Huawei last week over concerns the telecom giant’s equipment could be used by Beijing for espionage. The move, which bans US companies from providing technology Huawei needs, came as the two sides have yet to resume trade negotiations after they exchanged steep increases in tariffs. A commentary on state-run Xinhua news agency Friday said China now had a “deeper understanding” of US “capriciousness” and was ready to fight with its ‘Long March’ spirit. It echoes President Xi Jinping’s tough stance when he called on cadres earlier this week to brace themselves for a “new Long March” - recalling the legendary strategic retreat by … [Read more...] about China digs in for protracted trade fight with US
SIX DEAD, 200 INJURED IN ELECTION PROTESTS After a day of relative calm yesterday as the long-awaited election results were finally announced, there was an outbreak of violence in the Indonesian capital today. A group of some 300 clashed with police on Wednesday morning. The Inspector-General told reporters that 14 vehicles, including three belonging to the police, were set on fire and some 58 “provocateurs” had been arrested. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan meanwhile said that six people had died and 200 others were injured. The big picture: Indonesia, Jakarta especially, has been tense since the April 17 election that featured a rematch between President Joko Widodo and former general Prabowo Subianto. Fears of violence and terror attacks surrounding the official release of the results had prompted foreign missions like the US embassy to issue warnings of a “heightened risk of terrorism”, with the Indonesian government mobilising 32,000 troops to keep … [Read more...] about Asian Insider May 22: In Indonesia, unrest “by design”?
Stock markets across the world are bracing themselves for volatility and economists calculating the cost to growth as United States President Donald Trump baited China over failed trade talks and the Asian giant refused to back down.Meanwhile, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is expected to announce details of enhanced tariffs on Chinese imports today, in what could signal a new phase in the trade war. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM. Enjoy unlimited access to ST's best work Exclusive stories and features on multiple devicesIn-depth analyses and opinion piecesePaper and award-winning multimedia content Subscribe Now … [Read more...] about Markets braced for volatility as Trump pressures China