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Hong Kong pro-democracy leaders concerned over prospect of indefinite detention without trial under new security law
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Hong Kong pro-democracy leaders concerned over prospect of indefinite detention without trial under new security law

Amid incessant protests in defiance of sweeping security legislation introduced by China, Hong Kong democrats have now voiced concern over the security secretary’s failure to clarify whether suspects arrested under the impending national security law could be detained indefinitely without trial or charge.Officials in China have remained tight-lipped on the matter with Hong King's Secretary for Security John Lee seen clearly evading reporter’s question to confirm reports that arrested persons may be held in special detention centres for however long authorities like, in violation of international human rights laws."We have to wait until the proper promulgation of the law so that we will know exactly what the law says and requires us to do," Lee was quoted as saying."The preparation work is
Police detain protesters at busy Hong Kong mall during Dragon Boat Festival
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Police detain protesters at busy Hong Kong mall during Dragon Boat Festival

Hong Kong police dispersed dozens of protesters who gathered at the Yuen Long shopping center on June 23, which marks the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival holiday, the Hong Kong Police Force said."On #DragonBoatFestival, dozens of protestors are staging a protest inside a shopping mall in #YuenLong, disrupting families and shoppers. Police dispersal and arrest operations are underway. Disperse peacefully. #HKProtest," the police wrote on Twitter.City-wide protests have been taking place sporadically in Hong Kong since June 2019, with protesters claiming to oppose China's increasing influence on the special administrative region.The latest wave of protests was caused by a security bill specially tailored by Beijing for Hong Kong."#HKPolice strongly condemn the groundless and malicious accusatio...
China tries to pacify kin of unsung PLA soldiers killed in LAC face-off
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China tries to pacify kin of unsung PLA soldiers killed in LAC face-off

In a failed attempt to please its citizens, China on June 22 attempted to pacify the aggrieved families of the Chinese soldiers killed in clashes with Indian troops along the disputed Line of Actual Control (LAC), without any official recognition from Beijing.Hu Xijin, editor of Global Times, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime’s mouthpiece, wrote that “the dead have been treated with the highest respect in the military, and that information will eventually be reported to society at the right time, so that heroes can be honored and remembered as they deserve”.The editorial came two days after a video emerged from China showing that the families of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) personnel were outraged by the fact that unlike Indian soldiers, their martyrs had received no honour and no
Hong Kongers flee to other countries fearing persecution as China pushes national security law
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Hong Kongers flee to other countries fearing persecution as China pushes national security law

With China all set to implement its draconian national security law on Hong Kong, the residents are making preparations to flee to Taiwan and other countries fearing persecution.According to reports, since last year, the number of applications for police certificates required to migrate to some other country has soared almost 80 per cent to nearly 21,000 in the latter half of 2019 from a year earlier.The protesters fearing persecution are also seeking refuge in Germany, the Netherlands and the United States.“You don’t know what they can accuse you of under the new law…Would joining a strike be considered a subversion of state?” Ho, a nurse at a hospital rehabilitation ward in Hong Kong said.She had joined a protest urging the pro-China government to close it borders with China amid coronav
Beijing suffers light casualties in China-India border skirmish but keeps quiet to avoid conflict escalation
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Beijing suffers light casualties in China-India border skirmish but keeps quiet to avoid conflict escalation

The incident on June 15 in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed and at least 76 injured along the contested border in the western Himalayas was “entirely the responsibility of India”, a spokesman for China’s defence ministry said in a press conference on June 24.Beijing has been reluctant to comment publicly on any casualties from the incident.Sources said that Chinese soldiers received only “light injuries” during the skirmish with Indian soldiers in the Galwan Valley.On June 23, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian dismissed as “fake news” Indian media reports which claimed 40 Chinese soldiers had been killed.Three separate sources said that only a small number of PLA officers were injured during the brawl. They did not give a definite number, but said China’s casualty count was much l
Security law puts Hong Kong pastors at risk of being extradited to China: Watchdog
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Security law puts Hong Kong pastors at risk of being extradited to China: Watchdog

As China plans to go ahead with the imposition of draconian national security law on Hong Kong, pastors including pro-democracy activists and religious leaders face a risk of being extradited to mainland China for trial, a US-based Christian watchdog has warned."Under such laws, vocal Hong Kong clergy who have been supportive of Hong Kong's democracy movement, such as Cardinal Joseph Zen and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, could be extradited to mainland China to be tried, since Beijing considers them to be threats to the regime," International Christian Concern (ICC) said in a statement."Other hundreds of protestant leaders or Christian organizations who have actively spoken out against the Hong Kong government might face the same fate, since Beijing has said it considers the mass p...
Pro-China national anthem law muzzles creative activity in Hong Kong
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Pro-China national anthem law muzzles creative activity in Hong Kong

A documentary on the protests in Hong Kong has become the first casualty of the recently passed national anthem protection law by the pro-China Hong Kong Legislative Assembly.Although an uncut version of New York-based director Evans Chan's "We Have Boots" had its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in the Netherlands earlier this year, a political art segment will be cut from the new expanded two-hour documentary.The segment, which will be cut involves local performance artist Kacey Wong playing music from March of the Volunteers on the accordion during a protest march in 2018. Wong's performance of The Patriot juxtaposes a portable jail cell on wheels with music from the Chinese and UK national anthems, as well as "Do you hear the people sing?" from the musical Le...
Beijing’s China Pakistan Economic Corridor will be ‘trillion dollar blunder’, say experts
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Beijing’s China Pakistan Economic Corridor will be ‘trillion dollar blunder’, say experts

The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship of China's imperialistic and expansionist agenda under its Belt and Road Initiative, is set to become a "trillion-dollar blunder" project, say experts.According to a leading Israeli English daily, the CPEC, a collection of infrastructure projects currently under construction throughout Pakistan, was originally valued at $46 billion but is now estimated to be $87 billion and only a quarter of which have been completed.The CPEC was intended to modernize Pakistani infrastructure and strengthen its economy by the construction of modern transportation networks, numerous energy projects and special economic zones (SEZs). Plans originally called for a seaport, roads, railways, pipelines, dozens of factories and the largest airport in Pakista...
Beijing officials declare COVID-19 outbreak ‘under control’
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Beijing officials declare COVID-19 outbreak ‘under control’

Officials in Chinese capital Beijing on Wednesday said the new coronavirus outbreak that has infected 256 people in Beijing since early June is now "under control".Authorities have raced to contain the outbreak linked to the largest wholesale food market in Beijing after the first case was announced on June 11, leading to a partial lockdown of the city."The Beijing epidemic directly linked to Xinfadi (market) is basically under control, but at the same time we have discovered household and workplace cluster infections and cases of community transmission," said Beijing municipal government spokesman Xu Hejian at a briefing."The prevention and control situation remains complicated, we cannot lower our guard in the slightest," he said.Officials found that 253 out of 256 Beijing cases were lin...
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Hong Kong questions China’s intention over giving Carrie Lam power to appoint judges for trials under security law

As the pro-democracy and anti-national security law protests in Hong Kong continue, China has made another arbitrary decision to empower Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to appoint judges to hear trials under the national security law, leaving many lawyers and opposition party leaders confused about Beijing’s real intentions.“It is very odd for a person [who has] a stake in the prosecution to select the judges,” Hong Kong Bar Association chairman Philip Dykes said.For some people, like the leader of the opposition Civic Party, Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu, it puts a big question on the impartiality of judges who will be appointed by pro-Beijing leader Lam, as a new mainland adviser would sit on a top-level national security commission to be set up to “give orders” to Hong Kong authorities.Ling Bing, a