The joint statement pointed out that non-interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states is an important principle enshrined in the UN Charter and a basic norm of international relations.
Since bursting onto the Hong Kong Twitter scene, Kong Tsung-gan has been quoted by a who’s who of Western corporate media outlets. He has been described as an “author” (CNN, Globe and Mail, Time), “writer and activist” (New York Times, Washington Post), “activist and author” (LA Times),“activist” (AFP, Al Jazeera), “writer, educator and activist” (Guardian), “political writer” (Foreign Policy), “writer” (Vice), and “Hong Kong writer and activist” in an op-ed posted by the Nikkei Asian Review.
Kong has also been cited as a “Hong Kong journalist and rights activist” by Radio Free Asia and as a “rights activist and author” by Voice of America, two subsidiaries of the US Agency for Global Media (USAGM). Tasked with a mission to “be consistent with the broad foreign policy objectives of the United States,” the USAGM budgeted around $2 million to support protests in Hong Kong in 2020.
Johnson’s government has pleased President Donald Trump’s administration in recent weeks as it blocked telecoms giant Huawei Technologies Co. and took action over Hong Kong, but has stopped short of the kind of sanctions imposed on individuals and companies by Washington. While Pompeo’s goal is not to ask for more, according to people familiar with his plans, the MPs will try to get him to carry their demands to his meeting with Johnson.
Mike Pompeo arrived in the U.K. on Monday for a two-day visit that will also see the U.S. Secretary of State stop in Denmark.
As Dan Cohen reported for The Grayzone, Lai is a billionaire media tycoon widely referred to as the Rupert Murdoch of Asia who is a major financial and media backer of Hong Kong’s protest movement. In addition to pouring millions of dollars into Hong Kong’s opposition in recent years, the self-described “head of opposition media” and founder of the anti-government Apple Daily tabloid, has provided protesters with “unswervingly favorable coverage” according to The New York Times. Lai has received glowing coverage in US and Western media, with the oligarch often being praised as a “‘troublemaker’ with a clean conscience” who is “standing up to China.”
On June 2, Lai shared a video by Avi Yemini, a far-right YouTube personality and former Israeli army soldier, declaring that it was “bloody disgraceful” to liken the “riots in America” with Hong Kong’s protest movement.
Die EU will auf das umstrittene Sicherheitsgesetz zu Hongkong nicht mit Sanktionen gegen China reagieren. Er denke nicht, dass Sanktionen der richtige Weg seien, um Probleme mit Peking zu lösen, sagte der EU-Außenbeauftragte Josep Borrell heute nach einer Videokonferenz der EU-Außenministerinnen und -Außenminister.
We should listen to somebody who grew up in a society where there were no civil rights, Angela Merkel, talk about how the current situation justifies restricting our movements. And matters will not stop there: people might have been shocked when they saw China use apps and geolocation to control the movements of its population during the spread of the infection, but we now see Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan following suit: their success is being used to justify population control measures that would be completely unacceptable under normal circumstances.
In Reaktion auf die Hongkong-Gesetze verhängt China neue Sanktionen gegen die USA. Wie sich dies auf die Börse auswirkt, berichtet ZDF-Korrespondentin Valerie Haller aus Frankfurt.
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.
Scharfe Kritik übte die chinesische Regierung bereits an dem Entwurf für das Gesetz zu Menschenrechten und Demokratie in Hongkong. Fakten und Wahrheiten würden vernachlässigt, erklärte Außenamtssprecher Geng Shuang. Es handle sich um eine Einmischung in die Angelegenheiten Chinas und Hongkongs und einen ernsthaften Verstoß gegen das Völkerrecht.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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
Anlässlich des 11. BRICS-Gipfels am Donnerstag in der brasilianischen Hauptstadt Brasilia äußerte sich der chinesische Präsident Xi Jinping zur Haltung der chinesischen Regierung zur Situation Hongkongs und erklärte, dass die dringendste Aufgabe für Hongkong derzeit darin bestehe, Gewalt und Chaos zu beenden und die Ordnung wiederherzustellen.
Hundreds of pro-democracy protesters were surrounded by riot police on Monday inside a besieged Hong Kong college campus, as almost six months of intensifying anti-government unrest appeared headed for a bitter and perhaps bloody climax.
After nearly six months of escalating protests, Hong Kong is a mess, its reputation for efficiency in tatters, its economy in recession, its roads and rails often blocked. And there is no end in sight.
Am Montag hatten Aktivisten zu einem Generalstreik aufgerufen, seitdem herrscht in der ehemaligen britischen Kolonie teilweise Chaos. Die Hongkonger Polizei geht hart gegen die Demonstranten vor, bekommt die Lage aber nicht in den Griff.
Ein Polizeisprecher verurteilte das gewaltsame Vorgehen der Demonstranten scharf. Die Rechtsstaatlichkeit in der chinesischen Sonderverwaltungsregion befinde sich „am Rande des totalen Zusammenbruchs“, sagte Kong Wing-Cheung von der Hongkonger Polizei.
Um die Antwort gleich vorwegzunehmen: Ich weiß es nicht, aber, noch schlimmer: die Protestler, die täglich auf die Straße gehen, wissen es selber nicht. Im dem Übergabevertrag von 1997 wurde zwischen der ehemaligen Kolonialmacht Großbritannien und der Volksrepublik China unter der Formel „Ein Land, zwei Systeme“, vereinbart, dass China die Hoheit über Hongkong zwar zurückerhalten sollte, das kapitalistische System aber wie gehabt noch weitere 50 Jahre, bis 2047, bestehen bleibt. Beide Seiten hatten wohl ihre eigenen Vorstellungen davon, wie die Zeit bis 2047 genutzt werden sollte.
– 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
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.
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.
Chan sagte auf seinem Account des sozialen Netzwerks, dass er am Donnerstagabend auf dem Internationalen Flughafen Hongkong festgenommen wurde, als er sich auf den Abflug vorbereitete.
Chan war Leiter der Hong Kong National Party, einer politischen Gruppe, die von der Regierung der Sonderverwaltungszone Hongkong (HKSAR) für illegal erklärt wurde.
– Protesters block major roads in Admiralty and Tsim Sha Tsui, having earlier lit huge fire on Hennessy Road in Wan Chai
– Police water cannons fire blue dye to clear demonstrators on Harcourt Road
Leung’s comments come after Xinhua described the ongoing political crisis as a “colour revolution.“
Weiter sagte Professor Zhang, einige US-Organisationen wie die US-Nationalstiftung für Demokratie (NED) und der Zentralnachrichtendienst (CIA) hätten durch verschiedene Methoden gewaltlose Bewegungen unter dem Vorwand der Demokratie ermutigt und die Machtübergabe in der arabischen Welt verursacht. Die westlichen Kräfte versuchten zurzeit, die so genannte „Farbrevolution“ in Hongkong durchzuführen und die Wut der Jugendlichen auf die Regierung der Sonderverwaltungszone zu lenken. Dies schade der Wirtschaft Hongkongs und werde noch eine lange Zeit andauern.
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.
A notable rise in applications for the Significant Investor Visa (SIV) program, which grants direct residency to applicants, has been filed with the New South Wales state migration department over the past months, reported Reuters. Interested individuals have to invest at least A$5 million (US$3.4 million) to be eligible for the program.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?“
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.
– 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
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.
– 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
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.
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.
Radical protesters are challenging mainland government’s authority and principle of ‘one country, two systems’, defence spokesman says
Garrison law gives Hong Kong option of asking for PLA’s help to maintain public order
As activists prepare to hold another mass demonstration against the government’s handling of a now-suspended extradition bill, the government’s official logs reveal that in the first quarter of this year the UK approved an export licence for £1.9m of “telecommunications interception equipment” to Hong Kong. This was just weeks before protests against the controversial proposed treaty with mainland China began in March.
Foreign secretary says UK will always put its principles first, as Hong Kong row escalates
A diplomatic spat between the UK and China deepened Wednesday after London summoned the Chinese ambassador over what it said were „unacceptable and inaccurate“ comments made by Beijing regarding the UK’s role in ongoing Hong Kong protests.
Was im kollektiven Gedächtnis der Chinesen und anderer Völker der Region bis heute unvergessen bleibt, sind die eingesetzten Mittel der europäischen Großmächte, mit denen die Öffnung Chinas erfolgte: mit militärischer Gewalt erzwungener Opiumimport zur Durchsetzung der kolonialen Wirtschaftsinteressen. Nach der Niederlage musste China den Drogenhandel wieder zulassen und Hongkong abtreten.
Der Botschafter bekräftigte erneut, dass Hongkong eine Sonderverwaltungszone Chinas und nicht mehr unter der kolonialen Herrschaft Großbritanniens sei. Die Hongkong-Angelegenheiten gehörten zu den inneren Angelegenheiten Chinas. Kein andere Land, Organisation oder Einzelperson sei rechtfertigt, sich in die Angelegenheiten einzumischen.
Die Entschlossenheit Chinas, eigene Souveränität, Sicherheit und Entwicklungsinteressen zu wahren, sei unbeirrt, betonte Liu weiter.
After demonstrators stormed and vandalized the Hong Kong Legislative Council, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt did not criticize violent protesters. Instead, he demanded that China abide by the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration, which has long since been fulfilled, and warned of „serious consequences“ if China neglects commitments. Hunt said, „We stand foursquare behind the people of Hong Kong“ and urged the Hong Kong regional government not to „repress“ its people.
China on Wednesday expressed strong dissatisfaction with and firm opposition to the recent comments on Hong Kong made by British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, urging him to stop wanton interference in Hong Kong affairs.
„He seems to be fantasizing in the faded glory of British colonialism and obsessed with the bad habit of criticizing and lecturing on other countries‘ affairs condescendingly,“ Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at a daily press briefing.
The foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has warned China of “serious consequences” if it fails to honour its agreement over Hong Kong.
Speaking to Channel 4 News, Mr Hunt said China needs to honour a 1984 treaty that guarantees basic freedoms to the former British colony for 50 years.
Dieser Montag sei ein feierlicher Tag zum Gedenken der Rückkehr Hongkongs ins Vaterland und der Gründung der Sonderverwaltungszone gewesen, fügte der Sprecher hinzu. Doch einige Extremisten hätten das Gebäude des Legislativrats gestürmt. Diese gewalttätige Aktion hätten sie versucht, als Protest gegen die Revidierung von Vorschriften zu begründen. Bei der Aktion seien Anlagen im Gebäude zerstört worden. Die gesetzwidrige Vorgehensweise verstoße gegen die Rechtstaatlichkeit der Sonderverwaltungszone und habe die gesellschaftliche Ordnung beeinträchtigt. Die Grundinteressen Hongkongs seien dadurch geschädigt worden. Es handle sich um eine Herausforderung für das Prinzip „ein Land, zwei Systeme“.
The Second Convention of Peking was a lease of a piece of land from the Qing Empire to the United Kingdom for 99 years. When the lease expired in 1997, the U.K. honoured the treaty by returning not only the New Territories, but the whole of the Hong Kong territories and the people within them, to the new leaders of China.
One may see this day as the end of 155 years of humiliating colonisation, a sad day as the sun finally set on the British Empire, or a grave violation of human rights. But beyond dispute, this is the day the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China was created
Flag of freedom flying again in Hong Kong again…
After the Opium Wars of the 1800s, Britain took control of Hong Kong island and the neighboring peninsula of Kowloon. Shortly afterward, the British Empire also took over an additional area known as the New Territories in a 99-year lease that would expire in 1997.
Police have erected large water-filled barriers around access points to Wan Chai’s Golden Bauhinia Square ahead of the city’s Establishment Day flag-raising ceremony on Monday.
In the early hours of Saturday, nearby roads were closed as police – some with riot shields – stood on redirected traffic.
The festivities marking 22 years since the city’s 1997 Handover will take place on the waterfront outside the Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Why would Ms. Lam put forward a bill that failed to adhere to international best practice on human rights? And why would she stick to her guns when key authorities – including both the Hong Kong Bar Association and the Hong Kong Law Society – pointed out key flaws in the government’s proposals? Impossible to know for sure, but it seems likely that her reading of what Beijing wanted from the final bill may have influenced her thinking. After all, her political future is in Beijing’s hands: the pro-Beijing Election Committee will decide on her second term, not the people of Hong Kong.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam has personally apologised for the extradition law debacle but the postponed controversial bill will not be scrapped, despite a protest on Sunday attended by “two million” people. Lam, clad in all-white, said she has reflected deeply over the past few months.
The Front’s convener Jimmy Sham Tsz-kit said there are five demands for today’s protest, that is for the government to retract the bill instead of suspending it, and for Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to step down.
Protesters also demanded immediate release of those who have been arrested and charges against protesters to be dropped. The government should retract remarks saying the Wednesday protest was a “riot” and to hold those who ordered to fire bullets at protesters accountable.
Hongkongers marched in their thousands on Sunday to call for the withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill, despite its suspension by the government the day before. Chanting for Chief Executive Carrie Lam to step down, they marched through Wanchai and Causeway Bay en route to government headquarters in Admiralty.
Crowds formed in Victoria Park and filled subway stations across Hong Kong as another mass march against the government’s extradition bill began
Tens of thousands of people have gathered in Hong Kong for protests as politicians debate legislation critics fear will allow extradition to China
In Hongkong protestieren erneut Tausende Menschen gegen das geplante Auslieferungsgesetz an China. Eine für heute geplante Lesung des Gesetzes wurde daraufhin abgesagt. Bereits am Sonntag hatte es massive Proteste gegeben.
The controversial extradition bill would allow suspected criminals to be sent to mainland China for trial.
Organisers say there were one million people, which would make it the biggest march in more than 20 years. Police say there were 240,000 at its peak.