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China’s new agency in Hong Kong to monitor national security law implementation
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China’s new agency in Hong Kong to monitor national security law implementation

After just a few days of imposing its national security law, Chinese authorities have opened up its national security office in Hong Kong that will be engaged in monitoring the implementation of the newly enacted law in the city with special administrative region.To develop the headquarters for the Central government's Office for Safeguarding National Security, the authorities have transformed the Metropark Hotel in Causeway Bay, according to media reports.The inauguration came as Hong Kong’s education bureau announced on July 8 that schools must not allow students to play, sing or broadcast the protest anthem “Glory to Hong Kong” because it contains political messages.Beijing security agents will be operating here under the new legislation which prohibits what Beijing views as secessionis
Coronavirus: China’s workers and graduates fear for their future
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Coronavirus: China’s workers and graduates fear for their future

Disastrous shutdown brought by the coronavirus pandemic has left many workers and young graduates fear for their future as unemployment looms over their head.In a building which is half shut and dark, Huang waits by a workbench for the welder to pass the next metal tray. There's only a handful of staff in the factory.The boss is stranded in Europe. They haven't had any new orders from their American customers for months. This is a business that's desperately trying to keep the lights on."Up until now we haven't received any substantial mass production orders to keep the factory running and to be able to pay salaries and to be able to stay afloat," Yuliya Yakubova said.Speaking from Italy she said, "The last [thing] I want to do really is fire or let go employees." But she doesn't have long...
Banning ‘Liberate Hong Kong’ slogan was govt’s worst mistake: Co-author
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Banning ‘Liberate Hong Kong’ slogan was govt’s worst mistake: Co-author

The slogan ‘Liberate Hong Kong: the revolution of our times’ has now been banned by the authorities and the slogan co-author has said that the ban was one of the government's worst mistake in handling the political unrest.The infamous slogan was created by ex localist leader Edward Leung, ousted lawmaker Baggie Leung and former member of party Youngspiration who asked to be known as J.The slogan first gained popularity during the anti-extradition law movement last in July last year in Sheung Wan.“The 'Liberate Hong Kong' flag was first waved in Sha Tin's New Town Plaza on July 14. On July 21 in Sheung Wan, as far as I know, a number of Edward Leung's supporters were at the scene," J was quoted as saying. "They began chanting and the crowd responded fervently," he added.“The government made
Hong Kong libraries pull out books by pro-democracy activists
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Hong Kong libraries pull out books by pro-democracy activists

In the wake of the controversial national security law, Hong Kong libraries have taken out books by pro-democracy figures out of circulation for conducting a review of whether the books run afoul of the new security law.At least nine books written by localist or democracy advocates have become unavailable or marked as "under review" according to media reports.The sweeping legislation, which came into force on June 30 punishes crimes related to secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces, with punishments of up to life in prison.Bar Association chairman Philip Dykes termed the move “alarming” and said authorities needed to justify restricting the public's right to seek information.The Leisure and Cultural Services Department, which manages the city's public libraries,
China using covid-19 pandemic to become world’s leading superpower: Veteran journalist
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China using covid-19 pandemic to become world’s leading superpower: Veteran journalist

Veteran Swedish journalist and Myanmar analyst Bertil Lintner has said that while the rest of the world is preoccupied with the Covid-19 outbreak, China is “taking advantage” of the chaos in the Indo-Pacific region with a new security law in Hong Kong, border clashes with India, confrontations in the South China Sea, and by using the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to become world’s leading superpower.In an interview, Lintner, also the author of several books on Myanmar shared his perspective on Beijing’s ambitions and what they mean for conflict and development in the region.He said that it is now “obvious that China is taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic”.“While the rest of the world is preoccupied with its own, internal problems, China is flexing its muscles in the Indo-Pacific reg
Hong Kong Police arrest over 370 protestors a day after China passes security law
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Hong Kong Police arrest over 370 protestors a day after China passes security law

About 370 protestors were arrested in Hong Kong on July 1 for participating in the pro-democracy march just one day after China passed the national security law.On the annual July 1 pro-democracy march, the Hong Kong Police deployed water cannon truck, pepper balls, and tear gas to quell the demonstrators. Ten people were apprehended for allegedly breaking the national security law.The new law came into force late night on June 30, hours after the top decision making body of China’s parliament passed the controversial legislation.The protests took place across Causeway Bay and Wan Chai. The protesters chanted "five demands, not one less" and sang the pro-democracy anthem "Glory to Hong Kong."To muzzle the voices of pro-democracy protesters, the Hong Kong Police had earlier put a ban on the
China violates human rights of its citizens but urges US to secure human rights of ethnic minorities
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China violates human rights of its citizens but urges US to secure human rights of ethnic minorities

While several human right organizations continue to report gross mistreatment of thousands of Uighur Muslims and Hong Kong citizens in China, Chinese Foreign Ministry has urged the United States to secure the human rights of ethnic minorities in the country.Zhao Lijian, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, during a press conference said: “We are following the latest developments of the situation following the death of George Floyd. ‘Black lives matter.’ Their human rights should be protected. Racial discrimination against ethnic minorities remains a social ill in the US. What is happening right now once again shows the seriousness of racial discrimination and violent law enforcement by the police, and the urgency for the US to address them.”“We hope the US government will take concrete m
PLA veterans, hurt cadres could launch ‘armed’ action against CCP regime: Chinese dissident
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PLA veterans, hurt cadres could launch ‘armed’ action against CCP regime: Chinese dissident

Chinese dissident Jianli Yang has said that disgruntled retired Army veterans and serving China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) cadres, who are hurt by the treatment meted out by the government, can form a formidable force capable of challenging the leadership of Xi Jinping and launch a collective and "armed" anti-regime action.In an opinion piece, Jianli, son of a former Communist Party leader, said that Beijing, which reels under the fear that the admittance that it had lost troops, that too more in number than its opponent, could lead to such major trouble and domestic unrest, that the very regime of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) could be put at stake."The PLA has long been a key pillar of the CCP's power. If the sentiments of the serving PLA cadres are hurt and they get together w...
Joshua Wong, other leaders of Hong Kong pro-democracy group step down China passes security law
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Joshua Wong, other leaders of Hong Kong pro-democracy group step down China passes security law

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, Nathan Law, Jeffrey Ngo and Agnes Chow announced they will disband their group Demosisto, saying that the resignation of several key members in light of the national security law has made it difficult for them to continue their operations.The group announced on Facebook around two hours after China's top legislative body passed its draconian national security law which is set to criminalize secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference in Hong Kong.“Demosisto believes it will be difficult for the group to maintain its current operation… members should use more flexible means to join in protests,” the group wrote on Facebook.“[We] now announce to disband immediately on this day and suspend all committee affairs.”The group was founde
Indian newspapers, websites not accessible in China
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Indian newspapers, websites not accessible in China

While Chinese newspapers and websites continue to be accessible in India, people in China can only access the Indian media websites with Virtual Private Network (VPN) server.According to diplomatic sources in Beijing, the Indian TV channels can be accessed through IP TV as of now. However, ExpressVPN had not been working in the Communist state for the past two days on iPhone as well as desktops.A virtual private network (VPN) gives users online privacy and anonymity by creating a private network from a public internet connection. VPNs mask internet protocol (IP) address so a user's online actions are virtually untraceable. But China has created such a technologically advanced firewall that it blocks even the VPNs.The blocking of India news websites comes amid the ongoing tension between In...