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Agnes Chow, a prominent pro-democracy activist who was sentenced to jail last year for her role in an unauthorized protest, is released in Hong Kong Saturday, June 12, 2021. Chow rose to prominence as a student leader in the now-defunct Scholarism and Demosisto political groups, alongside other outspoken activists such as Joshua Wong and Ivan Lam. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Agnes Chow, Hong Kong activist, freed from prison after serving six months

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 12, 2021 12:38 PM IST
Agnes Chow, the 24-year-old activist, had been convicted together with her long-time activist colleague, Joshua Wong, for their involvement in an illegal rally near police headquarters during anti-government protests in the Chinese-ruled city of Hong Kong in 2019.
FILE PHOTO: The Chinese and Hong Kong flags flutter at the office of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. (REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: The Chinese and Hong Kong flags flutter at the office of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. (REUTERS)

Hong Kong to follow China's steps, start censoring films over national security

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 11, 2021 11:34 AM IST
Authorities in Hong Kong have embarked on a sweeping crackdown to root out Beijing's critics after violent democracy protests convulsed the city in 2019. A new security law imposed by China has criminalised much dissent and strangled the democracy movement. Films are just the latest target.
Hong Kong considers to shorten hotel quarantine periods for some fully vaccinated inbound passengers.(Reuters File Photo )
Hong Kong considers to shorten hotel quarantine periods for some fully vaccinated inbound passengers.(Reuters File Photo )

Hong Kong considers shorter quarantine for some fully vaccinated travellers

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 10, 2021 09:09 AM IST
A Hong Kong government advisory panel suggested the city could shorten hotel quarantine periods for some fully vaccinated inbound passengers, in what would mark an easing of some of the world’s strictest Covid-19 restrictions for travellers.
Samuel Chu, who runs the Hong Kong Democracy Council in Washington, retweeted an image of Tsoi making his statement, writing, “We will light a candle for you and all of Hong Kong". (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)(AP)
Samuel Chu, who runs the Hong Kong Democracy Council in Washington, retweeted an image of Tsoi making his statement, writing, “We will light a candle for you and all of Hong Kong". (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)(AP)

Hong Kong organisers lose appeal to hold Tiananmen vigil

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 29, 2021 01:27 PM IST
  • This marks the second year that Hong Kong police have banned the vigil, citing coronavirus restrictions.
The changes to Hong Kong’s elections come as Beijing further tightens control over the semi-autonomous city that saw months of anti-government protest and political strife in 2019.(Reuters file photo)
The changes to Hong Kong’s elections come as Beijing further tightens control over the semi-autonomous city that saw months of anti-government protest and political strife in 2019.(Reuters file photo)

Hong Kong changes electoral law, reduces direct public vote

AP | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal, Hong Kong
PUBLISHED ON MAY 27, 2021 02:20 PM IST
The new law empowers the city’s national security department to check the backgrounds of potential candidates for public office and a sets up a new committee to ensure candidates are “patriotic.”
The plan for mandatory vaccinations was dropped after officials assessed public health needs and the potential legal issues, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said. (Unsplash. Representative image)
The plan for mandatory vaccinations was dropped after officials assessed public health needs and the potential legal issues, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said. (Unsplash. Representative image)

Hong Kong won't mandate vaccination against Covid for foreign domestic workers

AP | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal, Hong Kong
PUBLISHED ON MAY 11, 2021 02:21 PM IST
Hong Kong officials initially proposed the mandate after a foreign domestic worker tested positive for a coronavirus variant in April, with an unknown source of infection.
Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong at the Eastern Magistrates' Courts in Hong Kong. (Tyrone Siu / REUTERS)
Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong at the Eastern Magistrates' Courts in Hong Kong. (Tyrone Siu / REUTERS)

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong jailed over 'unlawful' Tiananmen Square vigil

PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 09:03 AM IST
The Hong Kong administration banned the vigil this time around, citing the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, a first since 1990, but the district court heard that some 20,000 participants, including Joshua Wong, had still gathered on June 4, according to the South China Morning Post.
The new rules will allow bars and nightclubs to remain open until 2am. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)(AP)
The new rules will allow bars and nightclubs to remain open until 2am. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)(AP)

Hong Kong to reopen bars, nightclubs for vaccinated residents

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON APR 27, 2021 02:28 PM IST
  • Staff and customers must have had received at least a first vaccine dose for the venues to open their doors
This decision was taken as three passengers on Vistara's Mumbai-Hong Kong flight on Sunday tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival. (REUTERS)(HT_PRINT)
This decision was taken as three passengers on Vistara's Mumbai-Hong Kong flight on Sunday tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival. (REUTERS)(HT_PRINT)

Covid-19: Hong Kong suspends flights connecting India from April 20 to May 3

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2021 11:07 PM IST
  • The Hong Kong government's decision has come after 50 passengers of two Vistara flights this month were found positive for Covid-19 when tested on arrival.
Supporters hold a rally in solidarity with Hong Kong protesters, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada September 29, 2019.(REUTERS)
Supporters hold a rally in solidarity with Hong Kong protesters, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada September 29, 2019.(REUTERS)

Hong Kong Police arrested over 10,200 due to protests in last 20 months

ANI | , Hong Kong
PUBLISHED ON APR 10, 2021 03:27 PM IST
  • Of the 10,242 arrested, 2,521 had undergone or were undergoing judicial proceedings, including 720 charged with rioting.
Mike Lam, founder of AbouThai, a pro-democracy district councilor, outside the West Kowloon Magistrates Courts following a bail hearing in Hong Kong, China, on Friday, March 5, 2021. (Bloomberg)
Mike Lam, founder of AbouThai, a pro-democracy district councilor, outside the West Kowloon Magistrates Courts following a bail hearing in Hong Kong, China, on Friday, March 5, 2021. (Bloomberg)

Hong Kong: Customs officials raid shop founded by pro-democracy activist

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON APR 09, 2021 09:56 PM IST
Hong Kong: Customs officers on Thursday raided 25 shops belonging to the chain, AbouThai, and arrested a 33-year-old male director of the group, the government said in a statement.
Hong Kong's Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah said that the new committee would receive advice supervised by Beijing, before making a decision. (File Photo: Bloomberg)
Hong Kong's Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah said that the new committee would receive advice supervised by Beijing, before making a decision. (File Photo: Bloomberg)

China forms vetting panel to screen out 'unpatriotic' Hong Kong poll candidates

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 04, 2021 12:02 PM IST
Under Hong Kong's new electoral reforms, the vetting committee would receive advice from the police's national security unit and a commission led by the chief executive and supervised by China.
China's President Xi Jinping (C) applauds with other leaders and delegates after the result of the vote on changes to Hong Kong's election system was announced.(AFP)
China's President Xi Jinping (C) applauds with other leaders and delegates after the result of the vote on changes to Hong Kong's election system was announced.(AFP)

China's parliament approves Hong Kong electoral system reform plan

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 30, 2021 10:07 AM IST
  • The measures are part of Beijing's efforts to consolidate its increasingly authoritarian grip over the global financial hub following the imposition of a national security law in June, which critics see as a tool to crush dissent.
People walk in front of "M+" visual culture museum in the West Kowloon Cultural District of Hong Kong,(AP)
People walk in front of "M+" visual culture museum in the West Kowloon Cultural District of Hong Kong,(AP)

Hong Kong to reopen pools, beaches as Covid-19 infections ease

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 29, 2021 06:34 PM IST
Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan told a press briefing that local infections had come down considerably, giving the administration room to relax some measures.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to reporters' questions during a press conference in Hong Kong.(AP)
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to reporters' questions during a press conference in Hong Kong.(AP)

Hong Kong looks at easing travel for vaccinated residents: Carrie Lam

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 27, 2021 03:57 PM IST
  • “We have been actively studying whether social distancing measures can be further adjusted if a certain number of people are vaccinated, and we will discuss with other regions whether we can mutually provide travel convenience to vaccinated tourists,” Lam said in an emailed release.
Refrigerated shipping containers carrying the BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine imported by Fosun Pharma are transported at the Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, China, on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. (Bloomberg)
Refrigerated shipping containers carrying the BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine imported by Fosun Pharma are transported at the Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, China, on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. (Bloomberg)

Hong Kong halts Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines, cites defective packaging

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 24, 2021 03:01 PM IST
The suspension comes as the Asian financial hub has faced a sluggish take-up of vaccines due to dwindling confidence in China's Sinovac vaccine and fears of adverse reactions.
FILE PHOTO: People receive a dose of the Sinovac Biotech's Covid-19 vaccine at a community vaccination centre in Hong Kong, China, on February 23, 2021. (Paul Yeung/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo)
FILE PHOTO: People receive a dose of the Sinovac Biotech's Covid-19 vaccine at a community vaccination centre in Hong Kong, China, on February 23, 2021. (Paul Yeung/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo)

US consulate in Hong Kong closes after staff test positive for Covid-19

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 15, 2021 02:40 PM IST
The two cases emerged during an "ambush lockdown" -- a tactic used by Hong Kong authorities to descend overnight on apartment blocks where they suspect there may be cases and test everyone inside.
Zhang Xiaoming (C), Executive Deputy Director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council, gestures in front of journalists at the end of a State Council press conference on Hong Kong electoral reform in Beijing on March 12, 2021. (NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP)
Zhang Xiaoming (C), Executive Deputy Director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council, gestures in front of journalists at the end of a State Council press conference on Hong Kong electoral reform in Beijing on March 12, 2021. (NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP)

China hits back at US criticism of legal overhaul in Hong Kong

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 12, 2021 02:06 PM IST
Semi-autonomous Hong Kong is an internal Chinese issue that no foreign country has the right to interfere in, said Zhang Xiaoming, deputy director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council.
Executive deputy director of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council, Zhang Xiaoming, speaks during a news conference on parliament's approval of the decision to change the Hong Kong electoral system in Beijing, China March 12, 2021. REUTERS/Thomas Peter(REUTERS)
Executive deputy director of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council, Zhang Xiaoming, speaks during a news conference on parliament's approval of the decision to change the Hong Kong electoral system in Beijing, China March 12, 2021. REUTERS/Thomas Peter(REUTERS)

'Combination of punches': China justifies legal overhaul in Hong Kong

AFP |
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2021 10:27 AM IST
Hong Kong was rocked by massive and sometimes violent pro-democracy protests in 2019 against Beijing's encroachment on its unique freedoms.
China's President Xi Jinping votes on changes to Hong Kong's election system during the closing session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 11, 2021.(NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP)
China's President Xi Jinping votes on changes to Hong Kong's election system during the closing session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 11, 2021.(NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP)

China approves plan to veto Hong Kong election candidates, aims for tighter cont

AFP |
UPDATED ON MAR 11, 2021 01:23 PM IST
Critics say this will be one of the final nails in the coffin of Hong Kong's democracy movement.
Former pro-democracy lawmaker Ted Hui Chi-fung(Reuters/ File )
Former pro-democracy lawmaker Ted Hui Chi-fung(Reuters/ File )

Former Hong Kong anti-Beijing lawmaker Chi-fung moves to Australia

AP |
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2021 12:12 PM IST
  • Hui on Wednesday thanked the Australian government for intervening so that he was allowed to travel from London to Australia this week on a flight that was repatriating Australian citizens.
Teresa Cheng, Hong Kong's secretary for justice, listens during a Bloomberg Television interview in Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Hong Kong's top legal official warned residents to steer clear of criticisms of the government that stray too far from the facts, as officials defend Beijing's plan to overhaul the city's elections. Photographer: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg(Bloomberg)
Teresa Cheng, Hong Kong's secretary for justice, listens during a Bloomberg Television interview in Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Hong Kong's top legal official warned residents to steer clear of criticisms of the government that stray too far from the facts, as officials defend Beijing's plan to overhaul the city's elections. Photographer: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg(Bloomberg)

Hong Kong minister warns citizens against ‘oblivious’ criticism of China

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2021 01:27 PM IST
Hong Kong’s top legal official warned residents to steer clear of criticisms of the government that stray too far from the facts, as officials defend Beijing’s plan to overhaul the city’s elections.
"The election committee will be entrusted with the new function of electing a relatively large share of Legco members and directly participating in the nomination of all candidates for the Legco,” Wang Chen, vice-chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, said Friday during the annual session in Beijing. (Representative Image)(Kin Cheung / AP)
"The election committee will be entrusted with the new function of electing a relatively large share of Legco members and directly participating in the nomination of all candidates for the Legco,” Wang Chen, vice-chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, said Friday during the annual session in Beijing. (Representative Image)(Kin Cheung / AP)

Pro-Beijing committee to elect some Hong Kong legislators

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 01:10 PM IST
Wang added that the size, composition and formation method of the current election committee will also be adjusted, and that the chief executive will continue to be elected by the election committee.
Democracy advocate Jimmy Lai leaves the Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal where the government is arguing against allowing him bail in Hong Kong Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. The court denied bail Tuesday for prominent democracy advocate and newspaper founder Lai, upholding the government prosecution's appeal. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)(AP)
Democracy advocate Jimmy Lai leaves the Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal where the government is arguing against allowing him bail in Hong Kong Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. The court denied bail Tuesday for prominent democracy advocate and newspaper founder Lai, upholding the government prosecution's appeal. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)(AP)

Hong Kong makes 100th pro-democracy arrest under national security law

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 01:54 PM IST
Police issued a statement late Tuesday confirming the arrest of a 61-year-old man “after in-depth investigation by national security department.”
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said people were “sick and tired” of violence in Hong Kong and intervention by foreign forces in the city.(AP file photo)
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said people were “sick and tired” of violence in Hong Kong and intervention by foreign forces in the city.(AP file photo)

Carrie Lam backs HK electoral changes excluding 'rather hostile' opponents

AP | | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri, Hong Kong
UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2021 09:19 PM IST
  • Carrie Lam said political strife and unrest in the city, including anti-government protests in 2019 as well as protests in 2014, showed there were always some people who are “rather hostile” to the central authorities in China.
A combination of declining income and escalating property prices during 2020 prompted affordability to worsen in most cities. Apart from Hong Kong, the other cities ranked in the top 10 saw affordability deteriorate from the year before as the pandemic exacerbated the wealth gap.(AFP)
A combination of declining income and escalating property prices during 2020 prompted affordability to worsen in most cities. Apart from Hong Kong, the other cities ranked in the top 10 saw affordability deteriorate from the year before as the pandemic exacerbated the wealth gap.(AFP)

Hong Kong homes ranked least affordable for 11th year

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 10:16 AM IST
Hong Kong’s median property price dropped slightly to 20.7 times its median household income in 2020, from 20.8 times the year prior.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said Hong Kong should be governed by “patriots” in order to ensure the city’s stability following unprecedented unrest in 2019.(AP)
Chinese President Xi Jinping said Hong Kong should be governed by “patriots” in order to ensure the city’s stability following unprecedented unrest in 2019.(AP)

Chinese Official signals overhaul of Hong Kong’s election system

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 04:05 PM IST
Beijing needed to reform the city’s electoral system “to ensure that Hong Kong’s governance is firmly controlled by patriots,” Xia Baolong, director of China’s cabinet-level Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, said in a speech Monday.
Media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrives at a court in Hong Kong.(AP/ File photo)
Media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrives at a court in Hong Kong.(AP/ File photo)

Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested again while in jail: Report

Reuters | | Posted by Prashasti Singh
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 04:53 PM IST
He was arrested in an August raid by about 200 police officers on the newsroom of his Apple Daily, known for its feisty and critical coverage of China and Hong Kong.
A person shows the three-fingers salute in front of a placard with the image of Aung San Suu Kyi during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 15, 2021. (REUTERS)
A person shows the three-fingers salute in front of a placard with the image of Aung San Suu Kyi during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 15, 2021. (REUTERS)

'Worse than my ex': Myanmar's very online youth take on the junta, coup

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 07:52 AM IST
Photos of the relatable, sly remarks have been shared thousands of times on social media, with retweets and comments from users in Hong Kong, the United States and elsewhere.
FILE PHOTO: Children play before taking part in a specialized class preparing toddlers for kindergarten interviews in Hong Kong, China May 17, 2015. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Children play before taking part in a specialized class preparing toddlers for kindergarten interviews in Hong Kong, China May 17, 2015. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/File Photo(REUTERS)

Hong Kong imposes sweeping pro-China curriculum on schools

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 05, 2021 04:00 PM IST
  • The measures, announced late Thursday, seek to inculcate patriotism to kindergarten-age children through “story-telling, role-playing, drawing, singing, dancing and other activities.” Students as young as six will be taught to memorise offences criminalised by the national security law.
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