HONG KONG - China on Monday threatened counter measures against the United States if it is punished for plans to impose on Hong Kong a sedition law, which the business hub's security chief hailed as a new tool to defeat "terrorism." … [Read more...] about China Threatens US Counter Measures if Punished for Hong Kong Law
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While the contentious extradition law was scrapped, demonstrations continued over calls for universal suffrage, amnesty for those arrested, and calls for an inquiry into the police force's handling of the demonstrations. … [Read more...] about Hong Kong: Carrie Lam defends mainland security law
Critics both within Hong Kong and abroad said they believe the potential law tightens Beijing's grip on the cultural and financial powerhouse, with the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada signing a joint statement Saturday expressing how they were "deeply concerned" about the bill. The United States also has voiced deep opposition. … [Read more...] about China’s Military Vows to ‘Punish’ Any Attempts to Separate Hong Kong
Steve Tsang, director of the China Institute at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, said Beijing’s foreign policy is driven first by the interests of the ruling Communist Party and its priority to stay in power, especially with the Covid-19 crisis testing faith in authorities. … [Read more...] about China’s virus diplomacy: global saviour or ‘Wolf Warrior’?
Reuters reports that state television detailed how Xi expressed concerns over the "profound impact on national security" of the coronavirus pandemic. He is also reported to have said the military should look into new ways of training, and spoke of stepping up its preparedness for armed combat. … [Read more...] about China is Stepping Up Its Preparedness for Armed Combat, Will Spend $178 Billion on Its Military This Year
BEIJING: China has played two roles in the global battle against the coronavirus: a benevolent donor of aid, filling the US void, and combative superpower ready to bite back at critics. Gone are the days of low-profile diplomacy promoted by late leader Deng Xiaoping, who said Beijing should "hide your strength, bide your time". Covid-19: Live updatesAttitudes have changed under President Xi Jinping, who has pushed an increasingly confident policy abroad since taking office in 2012. The country has become even more assertive this year in the face of attacks over its handling of the pandemic, which started on its shores in December. Beijing has sent planeloads of medical equipment abroad, pledged $2 billion in international aid to combat Covid-19 and offered to make its potential vaccine available to all. The strategy is in line with China's use of its economic might to win friends on the world stage, with Xi's signature Belt and Road global infrastructure programme also expanding its … [Read more...] about China’s coronavirus diplomacy: Global saviour or ‘Wolf Warrior’?
"There is no need for us to worry because in the last 23 years whenever people worried about Hong Kong's freedoms of speech and freedoms of expressions and protest, time and again Hong Kong has proven that we uphold and preserve those values," she said. "I think the best thing is to see the legislation in front of us, and to understand why at this point in time Hong Kong needs this piece of legislation, for the bigger benefit of the great majority of Hong Kong people." … [Read more...] about China’s military promises to uphold ‘national sovereignty’ as more Hong Kong protests expected
China’s aviation regulator stepped up inspections of Cathay planes last fall after warning the airline that staff participating in anti-government protests in Hong Kong would no longer be allowed to fly to mainland destinations or even in Chinese airspace. … [Read more...] about Exclusive: Cathay Pacific’s brand merger hits roadblock from China’s aviation regulator
The law could also clear the way for a domestic intelligence agency in Hong Kong similar to the colonial-era Special Branch, to deal with national security threats, the territory’s previous leader, Leung Chun-ying, told Reuters in an interview on Saturday. … [Read more...] about China’s Hong Kong law set to bar foreign judges from national security cases: sources
The marker was installed with the agreement of Vietnam, Laos, and China in 2005. Made of granite, it is two metres high and has three sides facing the three nations. Each side is engraved with information in each language and the national emblem of each country. Conquering Milestone No Zero A Pa Chai, the westernmost point of Vietnam's mainland, is an interesting journey. … [Read more...] about A Pa Chai – Vietnam’s westernmost point bordering Laos and China