Video PlayerClose BEIJING, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- The passage of the so-called Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 in the U.S. Congress provides yet another example of how the United States plays with double standards to meddle in the internal affairs of other countries. For some U.S. politicians, there seems to be a simple rule: apply one set of standards for the United States, its allies and places where it has core interests, and apply another set of standards for elsewhere. The United States has a poor human rights record but keeps pointing its finger at Hong Kong, which is ranked higher in terms of both rule of law and freedom. Over the past few months in Hong Kong, people who come from the mainland, speak Mandarin Chinese or hold a different view from rioters have been humiliated and assaulted on the streets, campuses and at the airport. U.S. politicians who claim to uphold human rights and democracy have turned a blind eye to these inconvenient truths. Confronting … [Read more...] about Commentary: U.S. Congress plays old trick of double standards on Hong Kong
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Video PlayerClose HONG KONG, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- Tang Ping-keung, commissioner of police of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, on Friday urged remaining rioters to leave the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) campus as soon as possible, citing bad and dangerous conditions inside. Tang told a media briefing that most of the rioters who had occupied the campus for days have been persuaded to leave, and the police worked very hard in the vicinity of the PolyU campus with some officers having been on duty for more than 30 hours in a row. Under the threat from hundreds of petrol bombs, bricks and metal balls, officers enforced the law in harsh conditions, and a police media liaison officer was shot in the leg with an arrow, said Tang, who was appointed as the new Hong Kong police chief on Tuesday. Police officers will continue to maintain order in Hong Kong without fear, he added. During the standoff around the PolyU, the police have arrested some 1,100 people for … [Read more...] about Hong Kong police commissioner urges rioters to leave PolyU campus
Investor sentiment towards most Asian currencies soured over the past two weeks, a Reuters poll showed, as markets reined in hopes that an interim Sino-US trade deal would materialise soon. Expectations have eased that Beijing and Washington would sign an initial pact this year to end their 16-month-long tariff spat, after US President Donald Trump threatened a hike in tariffs earlier in the week if a deal was not signed. Also, a fresh row over US bills backing protesters in Hong Kong has emerged, threatening to worsen relations between the world's two top economies and clouding the deal outlook. Majority of 12 poll participants responded by 0630 GMT on Wednesday, before Reuters reported, citing trade experts and people close to the White House, that a "phase one" deal could slide into next year. Bullish bets on China's yuan slipped, a fortnight after investors turned long for the first time in nearly seven months. Meanwhile, China's central bank cut both short- and medium-term … [Read more...] about Investors trim long bets on Asian currencies as Sino-US trade deal hopes dwindle: Poll
A Russian man was arrested on suspicion of carrying shells of used tear gas rounds and rubber bullets at Hong Kong International Airport on Wednesday. The Hong Kong police were called to the airport after security officers found seven pieces of used ammunition in the luggage of the suspect, who was about to leave Hong Kong. The 30-year-old will be charged with "possession of ammunition without a license", an offence punishable by 14 years' imprisonment, along with a fine of HK$100,000 ($12,000) upon conviction in Hong Kong. Police sources also confirmed the seized shells were used by frontline officers in fiery clashes with radical anti-government protesters. The force urged members of the public not to pick up used ammunition left on the streets. Also this week, a Hong Kong reporter was arrested on the same charge after he was allegedly found collecting about 40 pieces of used ammunition without a license. … [Read more...] about Russian found with used ammunition at HK airport
Video PlayerClose Rioters set fire on Hennessy Road, Hong Kong, China on Sept. 15, 2019. (Xinhua) The U.S. politicians, who claimed to be concerned with the Hong Kong people, ignored the fact that ordinary Hong Kong people's lives have been greatly endangered by rioters. They are actually standing against the Hong Kong people because they fail to acknowledge their suffering and simply use them as bargaining chips for their own purposes. HONG KONG, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate passed the so-called Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019. The U.S. politicians who proposed the bill said the move was to tell the so-called "Hong Kongers fighting for their long-cherished freedom" that "we continue to stand with you." On the same day, more than two million yuan (about 284,135 U.S. dollars) was donated in the Chinese mainland to families of a 70-year-old sanitation worker killed by a brick thrown by these "freedom fighters," and a man who was critically injured … [Read more...] about Opinion: Whom do U.S. politicians stand with?