Email Posted November 22, 2019 01:56:06 Photo: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the passage of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act "indulges violent criminals". (Reuters: Denis Balibouse) Related Story: 'President Trump, please liberate Hong Kong': Protesters march to US consulate Related Story: Carrie Lam's backdown shocks Chinese but proves too little, too late for Hongkongers Related Story: What could Hong Kong's extradition law mean for foreigners? Map: Hong Kong China has accused the United States of seeking to "destroy" Hong Kong and has threatened retaliation after Congress passed new legislation supporting the pro-democracy movement that has thrown the city into nearly six months of turmoil. Key points:The legislation has yet to be signed into law by US President Donald TrumpForeign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang asked the US to stop interfering in China's internal affairsThe legislation backs universal suffrage, freedom from arbitrary arrest, … [Read more...] about Furious China vows to ‘fight back’ after US Congress backs Hong Kong democracy
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SHANGHAI: The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation to back protesters in Hong Kong and send a warning to China about human rights, sending two bills to the White House where President Donald Trump is expected to sign them into law. Mass protests for more democracy and autonomy have roiled Hong Kong for more than five months, with escalating violence and fears that China will ratchet up its response to stop the civil disobedience. The "Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act", which the Senate passed unanimously on Tuesday, would put the former British colony's special treatment by the United States under tighter scrutiny linked to Hong Kong's autonomy from Beijing. A second bill, which the Senate also approved unanimously on Tuesday, would ban the export of certain crowd-control munitions to Hong Kong authorities. What next? The two bills have been sent to the White House, where U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign them into law. Once that happens, the … [Read more...] about US legislation on Hong Kong: What does it mean?
Email Updated September 09, 2019 07:50:19 Video: Protesters picket US Consulate in Hong Kong (ABC News) Related Story: 'We didn't have the numbers': Hong Kong police halt protesters' bid to take airport Related Story: 'Not exactly correct': Carrie Lam denies extradition withdrawal is a change of mind Related Story: Carrie Lam's backdown shocks Chinese but proves too little, too late for Hongkongers Map: Hong Kong Thousands of protesters in Hong Kong have urged US President Donald Trump to "liberate" the semiautonomous Chinese territory during a peaceful march to the US Consulate, but violence broke out later in the business and retail district after protesters vandalised subway stations, set fires and blocked traffic. Key points:Protesters urged Washington to pass the Hong Kong Democratic and Human Rights ActThe bill proposes sanctions against Hong Kong and Chinese officials found to suppress democracy and human rightsActivists smashed windows, started street fires and … [Read more...] about Hong Kong protesters ask US President Donald Trump to ‘liberate’ Chinese territory as clashes erupt
Email Updated September 08, 2019 09:51:40 Photo: Battles between protesters and riot police escalated once again in the Mong Kok district this weekend. (Reuters: Kai Pfaffenbach) Related Story: 'Not exactly correct': Carrie Lam denies extradition withdrawal is a change of mind Related Story: Carrie Lam's backdown shocks Chinese but proves too little, too late for Hongkongers Related Story: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announces major backdown on controversial law Map: Hong Kong As unrest continues in Hong Kong for its 14th week, police have thwarted demonstrators' attempts to choke the city's international airport by screening train passengers and deploying tear gas for a second consecutive night. Key points: Hong Kong's airport has become a major battleground between protesters and police The city's metro selectively closed subway stations to hinder protesters from gathering Unrest has led credit agency Fitch Ratings to downgrade Hong Kong from AA+ to AA Police … [Read more...] about Hong Kong police halt protesters’ bid to choke airport again, with the metro’s help
Hong Kong: Some anti-government protesters trapped inside a Hong Kong university on Wednesday tried to flee through the sewers, where one student said she saw snakes, but firemen prevented further escape bids by blocking a manhole into the system. Reuters witnesses said fewer than 100 protesters remained inside the Polytechnic University, surrounded 24 hours a day by riot police, after more than 1,000 were arrested beginning late on Monday. Some surrendered while others were held during escape attempts that included trying to clamber down ropes to waiting motorbikes on Monday night, with protesters throwing petrol bombs and police responding with tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon. "I told my mom when the police started storming that I wasn’t leaving. I told her: 'I want a democratic society and you are not willing to stand up and fight for it',” Jack, 21, an accounting and finance student, said on Wednesday. “She wrote back with a crying emoji,” he … [Read more...] about Hong Kong Students’ Escape Through ‘Smelly’ Sewer Filled With Snakes, Cockroaches Thwarted