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28.11.2019 - 17:05 [ Wall Street Journal ]

China Protests New U.S. Law Supporting Hong Kong but Signals Hope for Trade Deal

Despite harsh language criticizing what Beijing calls U.S. interference in China’s domestic affairs, and a second summoning of the U.S. ambassador in a week, China’s leadership still wants a deal to help alleviate pressure on its fast-weakening economy.

26.11.2019 - 10:52 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Hong Kong’s opposition unites with Washington hardliners to ‘preserve the US’s own political and economic interests’

(22.11.2019)

While claiming to fight for “self-determination,” Hong Kong opposition leaders are collaborating with regime-change neoconservatives in Washington to “preserve the US’s own political and economic interests.” A new DC lobbying front has become their base of operations.

18.11.2019 - 20:54 [ abc.net.au ]

Hong Kong protesters stage dramatic escape from police siege of Polytechnic University, but hundreds remain trapped

Dozens of Hong Kong protesters staged a dramatic escape from a university campus sealed off by police on Monday night by shimmying down plastic hosing from a bridge and fleeing on waiting motorbikes as the police fired projectiles.

18.11.2019 - 12:22 [ Hong Kong Free Press ]

Activist Joshua Wong urges Germany to halt Chinese army training, as Hong Kong protests spiral

Speaking to the top-selling Bild newspaper, Wong said: “It makes me furious that the German Bundeswehr is apparently helping to train Chinese soldiers. Given the riots in Hong Kong, the defence ministry should have ended this programme long ago.”

18.11.2019 - 12:17 [ South China Morning Post ]

Why are Hongkongers so angry? Because their baby boomer leaders are living in a parallel universe

Hong Kong as a dispute resolution centre and Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung’s shocking confession that he did not know why people are so angry are typical of the arrogance, self-entitlement and ignorance of the baby boomer leaders

18.11.2019 - 12:10 [ South China Morning Post ]

PLA ‘committed to protecting’ Hong Kong as stand-off intensifies

Stopping violence and restoring order ‘most urgent task’ for the city, China’s defence ministry says

Chinese and US defence ministers discuss Hong Kong at Bangkok Asean meeting while clashes continue between police and radicals

01.10.2019 - 16:58 [ South China Morning Post ]

Protester shot in chest by police during Hong Kong National Day clashes as more than 100 arrested

– Widespread day of chaos results in clashes across multiple districts as China marks 70th anniversary of People’s Republic
– Teenager hit by live bullet in Tsuen Wan in critical but non-life-threatening condition in hospital, after undergoing surgery

31.08.2019 - 18:19 [ GlobalTimes.cn ]

Reuters fake report on Hong Kong is a stain on global journalism

According to a so-called „exclusive“ Reuters report released Friday, Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), submitted a proposal to Beijing earlier this summer that asked for „5 key demands“ from the Hong Kong protesters to be taken seriously but was rejected.

The Global Times has since learned the Reuters story is fake. In fact, it intends to create an illusion by interweaving rumors with public events in an attempt to misguide public opinion.

31.08.2019 - 18:13 [ Hong Kong Free Press ]

Enacting emergency laws to block websites would signal an end to Hong Kong’s ‘open internet’, warns industry body

The Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Association (HKISPA) issued a statement on Thursday expressing opposition to reports of a possible blocking of selected internet services in response to recent unrest. The organisation warned that any such measures could cripple the local economy and urged the government to consult the community before imposing any restrictions.

31.08.2019 - 18:00 [ Hong Kong Free Press ]

Hong Kong police water cannon truck fires blue-coloured water as protesters besiege gov’t HQ

Hong Kong police have deployed water cannon trucks against protesters in Admiralty, firing water with blue dye.

Officers on the scene said over loudspeakers that the dyed water will be used for identifying protesters for later arrest.

23.08.2019 - 19:43 [ Hong Kong Free Press ]

Trudeau says Canada will push back in China row, urges de-escalation in Hong Kong

“We must recognize that China is a growing power and increasingly assertive towards its place in the international order. But make no mistake: we will always defend Canadians and Canadian interests,” Trudeau said in a speech to the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations.

23.08.2019 - 19:42 [ Hong Kong Free Press ]

‘Real and painful costs’ to any crackdown in Hong Kong, US Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell warns Beijing

Mitch McConnell, the US Senate majority leader, wrote a strongly-worded op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, titled “We Stand With Hong Kong.” It comes as the city enters its 11th week of protest against the ill-fated extradition law, amid wider calls for democracy.

18.08.2019 - 16:38 [ Hong Kong Free Press ]

Organisers say 1.7 million joined Hong Kong pro-democracy rally against police use of force, as protesters reiterate 5 demands

The Civil Human Rights Front reiterated the five demands of the anti-extradition law movement. They called for a full withdrawal of the controversial bill and a retraction of characterisation of protests as “riots.” They urged for the unconditional release of all arrested protesters, the formation of an independent commission of inquiry into all events since June, and demanded universal suffrage.

18.08.2019 - 10:47 [ Economic Times ]

Russia backs India at UN closed door session on Kashmir contrary to reports

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov clearly told Qureshi during their telephone call on Wednesday that it does not favour open UNSC session on Kashmir and the Russian mission in New York went along with closed session contrary to some reports that Moscow supported Beijing and asked for an open session, informed sources told ET. These reports are not incorrect, sources stressed.

“Public message of Russia was consistent from beginning. Also Russia supported no statement on the Kashmir issue at the UN,” sources said.

18.08.2019 - 10:36 [ Times of India ]

Did India take down Pakistan 14-1 at United Nations Security Council?

For India, the fact that no country agreed to the ChinaPakistan effort to force a formal meeting, the fact that the informal meeting had no minutes, no votes or show of hands, no resolution, no statements, and no outcome, showed the duo was isolated and was cause for satisfaction. Diplomats pointed out that barring China, not one among the 14 other UNSC members came out to speak on the matter.

18.08.2019 - 10:24 [ CNN ]

UN Security Council has its first meeting on Kashmir in decades — and fails to agree on a statement

A 90-minute private debate among Security Council members on Kashmir is notable. Asked whether the Council had left the Kashmir issue alone for too long, Russia’s deputy UN Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy, told CNN, „Well I was born in 1971.“

„Sometimes it’s best to not touch on every issue,“ he added.

17.08.2019 - 14:04 [ Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan / Twitter ]

I welcome the UNSC meeting to discuss the serious situation in Occupied Jammu & Kashmir. It is for the first time in over 50 yrs that the world’s highest diplomatic forum has taken up this issue. There are 11 UNSC resolutions reiterating the Kashmiris right to self determination.

17.08.2019 - 07:15 [ hongkongfp.com ]

Law & Crime Opinion Politics & Protest Lawmaker Charles Mok: Who needs the law when Hong Kong authorities no longer follow it?

Yes, the movement has evolved. The protesters and their wide base of supporters no longer simply want to see the complete withdrawal of the extradition bill and the establishment of an independent inquiry, and so on.

They want a real share of political power, the removal of the kind of governance that has plagued Hong Kong since the 1997 Handover to China — one where the government and their pro-establishment cronies ram through unwanted policies by manipulating an undemocratic political system that does not represent the wishes and the choices of the people.

17.08.2019 - 07:05 [ Xinhua ]

Foreign forces must stop interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs: Chinese ambassador to UK

Chinese ambassador to Britain Liu Xiaoming speaks during a press conference in London, Britain, Aug. 15, 2019. Hong Kong is part of China and foreign forces must stop interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs, Liu said here Thursday. Evidence shows that the situation in Hong Kong would not have deteriorated so much had it not been for the interference and incitement of foreign forces, Liu told a press conference at the Chinese Embassy in Britain.

17.08.2019 - 04:42 [ Hindustan Times ]

Pak, China trying to speak for world: India after UNSC closed-door meet on Kashmir

“Thwarted,” said a top UN diplomat in a one-word response about Pakistan’s request for a formal meeting of the Security Council that garnered the support of only one of the body’s 15 members: China.

17.08.2019 - 04:22 [ Hindustan Times ]

Rajnath Singh’s hint on ‘no first use’ change is message to Pakistan

Soon after the nuclear blasts in 1998, India adopted the “no first use” policy in a bid to address global concerns of an impending nuclear arms race, especially as the Indian tests were followed by tit-for-tat tests by Pakistan.

The promise not to use nuclear weapons first, a policy adopted by several nations including China, addressed the escalation ladder. It also laid to rest apprehensions or misunderstandings about the possible use of nuclear weapons in a conflict.

17.08.2019 - 04:12 [ Times of India ]

‚No first use’ of nukes policy is open to review: Rajnath Singh

NEW DELHI: Defence minister Rajnath Singh’s suggestion that India’s no-first-use nuclear posture may not be sacrosanct sparked intense speculation in the midst of heightened India-Pakistan tensions in the wake of the abrogation of special status to Jammu & Kashmir.
The defence minister’s comment, which he also later tweeted, came at Pokhran — the site of India’s nuclear tests.

17.08.2019 - 03:58 [ Tribune.com.pk ]

India makes veiled threat of nuclear war

Though Rajnath Singh didn’t name any country, it is understood the threat was directed at Pakistan. It shows Modi’s growing frustration at his ill-conceived move to strip Occupied Kashmir of its autonomy on August 5.

17.08.2019 - 03:49 [ Bloomberg ]

China Blames India for Kashmir Tension as UN Action Blocked

The Security Council met on Friday to discuss Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to scrap autonomy for Kashmir, though the body was divided on how to proceed, with the U.S. and France blocking a Chinese attempt to get the 15-member body to publicly urge parties to refrain from actions that exacerbate tensions along the line of control, diplomats said.

17.08.2019 - 03:44 [ UN.org ]

UN Security Council discusses Kashmir, China urges India and Pakistan to ease tensions

The Security Council met to consider the volatile situation surrounding Kashmir on Friday, addressing the issue directly within the UN body dedicated to resolving matters of international peace and security, for the first time since 1965.

Although the meeting took place behind closed doors in New York, the Chinese Ambassador, Zhang Jun, spoke to reporters outside the chamber following deliberations, urging both India and Pakistan to “refrain from taking any unilateral action which might further aggravate” what was an already “tense and very dangerous” situation.

15.08.2019 - 10:05 [ Washington Post ]

Pakistan’s response to Kashmir is only helping Modi. It should stay out of this.

Its response has been knee-jerk, unfathomable — and, above all, ironic. Every outburst and flailing against India only validates the Modi government and rallies Indian public opinion behind it. In other words, while claiming to lash out at him, Pakistan is only making Modi look better, even among those Indians who do not agree with the prime minister’s handling of Kashmir.

15.08.2019 - 05:31 [ BBC ]

Hong Kong crisis: Trump moots ‘personal meeting’ with China’s Xi

In a tweet Mr Trump said he was confident Mr Xi could deal with Hong Kong’s increasingly fractious protests „quickly and humanely“.

He wrote that Mr Xi „is a great leader who very much has the respect of his people“.

The president signed off the tweet with a question: „Personal meeting?“

15.08.2019 - 05:30 [ CNN ]

Chinese paramilitary members are gathered near Hong Kong border

CNN saw uniformed members of the People’s Armed Police Force (PAP) with riot shields and batons at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center.
The PAP is the 1.5 million-member paramilitary force the government regularly deploys to quell protests within its borders. It is under the command of China’s central military commission, headed by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

14.08.2019 - 06:00 [ South China Morning Post ]

The US has a role to play in the escalating Hong Kong crisis – as a moderating force

– Washington is not the ‘black hand’ Beijing believes it to be. But neither should it wash its hands of the crisis, as Trump has apparently done
– However limited its role, the US should be urging restraint on all sides and highlighting the credible repercussions beyond Hong Kong of any crackdown

14.08.2019 - 05:44 [ GlobalTimes.cn ]

US delays tariffs as China, US trade negotiators hold phone call

The US has delayed the imposition of a 10 percent tariff on significant portions of Chinese imports until December 15 as top negotiators from the two countries spoke by phone for the first time since US President Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese imports.

14.08.2019 - 05:32 [ South China Morning Post ]

China must pick the least bad option to resolve Hong Kong crisis. A PLA crackdown is not it

– Hongkongers would almost certainly treat Chinese government forces as invaders, and resistance would be fierce and casualties unavoidable
– An exodus of expats and elites would follow, and the Hong Kong economy – still a bridge between China the rest of the world – would almost immediately collapse

14.08.2019 - 05:07 [ HongKongfp.com ]

Pepper spray and arrests as Hong Kong riot police stage ‘rescue’ during airport sit-in protest

For over three hours, the man was surrounded by protesters in Terminal 1 after they accused of being an undercover agent from mainland China.
Suspicions were raised after a message on Telegram messenger was shared that appeared to identify him as a public security officer – a charge he denied.
He was chased down and briefly attacked as several airport security officers sought to protect him.
Paramedics arrived to treat him after he appeared to faint at 10pm but were unable to take him away from angry crowds who demanded to see identification and the contents of his phone.
The man claimed he was simply seeing friends off at the airport.

14.08.2019 - 05:01 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

China takes its gloves off: Riot police storm Hong Kong airport and fire pepper spray into protesters‘ faces during violent clashes after a Chinese man was tied and beaten up ‚for being an undercover agent‘

It comes after Hong Kong police admitted the previous day that they had deployed undercover officers among pro-democracy demonstrators, potentially causing paranoia among protesters on Tuesday who attacked two different people suspecting them of being spies.

30.06.2018 - 12:10 [ Hurriyet ]

Netanyahu warns Merkel of new refugee crisis sparked by Iran

(5.6.2018) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel Monday that Iranian meddling in the Middle East could touch off massive new refugee flows to Europe, as they clashed about the future of the nuclear deal with Tehran.

28.05.2018 - 17:19 [ Seattle Times ]

Ex-IMF official tapped to head Italy firmly backs euro

The man tapped to head a neutral government in Italy after two populists failed in their bid is a former official at the International Monetary Fund who is a firm believer in the euro and in the necessity of Italy cutting its stubbornly high-debt load.

28.05.2018 - 16:43 [ Ansa.it ]

No one contemplated euro exit-Salvini

„No one ever thought about quitting the euro,“ Salvini told Radio Capital.
„It wasn’t in our programmes, it wasn’t in Savona’s programme.
„There was just the revision of the banking system and the taxes“.

28.05.2018 - 16:38 [ Ansa.it ]

Salvini gives no comment on impeachment

„I’m not speaking about that,“ Salvini said when asked about a possible impeachment.

28.05.2018 - 16:36 [ Ansa.iit ]

Impeachment talk irresponsible-Berluscon

„At a time like this, everyone’s first duty is to defend the savings of the Italian people, safeguarding our country’s families and companies“ Berlusconi said.

28.05.2018 - 16:31 [ Ansa.it ]

PD backs Mattarella

The centre-left Democratic Party (PD) on Sunday backed President Sergio Matterella after his controversial rejection the nomination of Paolo Savona as economy minister.
„The League and the 5-Star Movement are using unheard of words and unprecedented threats,“ caretaker PD leader Maurizio Martina said via Twitter.

28.05.2018 - 16:20 [ Bloomberg ]

Italy’s Establishment Vetoes the Populists

Italy’s two populist leaders forged a coalition from very different policy platforms. They found a prime minister that both could accept. Then President Sergio Mattarella vetoed their finance minister and their bid for power foundered, unleashing chaos and rage in equal measure in Rome.

28.05.2018 - 16:19 [ Euractiv.com ]

Technocrat PM to take over in Italy as President steps in to protect the euro

Shortly afterwards, he summoned former International Monetary Fund (IMF) senior official Carlo Cottarelli for a Monday morning meeting — an indication he may be considering asking him to head a government of unelected technocrats.

28.05.2018 - 16:09 [ Ansa.it ]

Impeachment Mattarella – Di Maio

5-Star Movement (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio said Sunday that President Sergio Mattarella should be impeached after he rejected the nomination of Paolo Savona as economy minister.
„(What) if we have elections and we win and the we go to the president’s palace and they say we cannot form a government?“ Di Maio said on a telephone interview with RAI show ‚Che Tempo Che Fa‘.