But in recent years Beijing’s obvious impatience with the level of dissent in Hong Kong, its push to be able to extradite people from the territory and incidents including the kidnapping of bookshop owners selling anti-party tomes have sapped confidence in the rule of law in the city.
“Beijing promised autonomy and freedoms under the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ principle to the Hong Kong people in the Sino-British Joint Declaration, a UN-registered treaty, and must honor its commitments. We urge the Hong Kong government to hold the elections as soon as possible,” the statement read.
“The Hong Kong authorities have rejected an application to renew the work visa of Victor Mallet, Asia news editor at the Financial Times,” the newspaper said in a statement. “This is the first time we have encountered this situation in Hong Kong. We have not been given a reason for the rejection.”
“The law seems to be building up the Great Firewall locally in Hong Kong. Personal freedom on the internet will be eliminated,” said Charles Low, the chairman of the Hong Kong chapter of the Internet Society. “If you say something wrong they can request the service provider to give your IP address or mobile number […]
He will also meet members of Scotland’s Rugby Sevens team as the Hong Kong Sevens tournament kicks off on Friday, as well as Hong Kong and British businesses “to discuss new ways of connecting the UK, Hong Kong and China markets”, the FCO said.
“Tell our story to the world” many have told me over the past 12 weeks, as they handed me biscuits and drinks, and offered me a hand to get up and down barriers and roadblocks. Their words sounded eerily similar to what Beijing residents told Hong Kong and foreign reporters during the Tiananmen crackdown 30 […]
The escalation in U.S-China tensions comes after Beijing imposed sweeping national security legislation on the financial hub in late June. Western governments condemned the law, while supporters said it would restore stability after a year of often-violent pro-democracy, anti-China protests.
“We want to ensure fairness and public safety and health, and need to make sure the election is held in an open, fair and impartial manner. This decision is therefore essential”, she said. On 9 August, authorities reported 72 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the city’s total to 4,080, the city’s health department reported.
The 71-year-old Lai, who was already facing several other charges over the organisation and promotion of protests last year, was detained on Monday morning under the new national security laws, said Mark Simon, Lai’s top aide, and his news outlet, Apple Daily.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Lam said she would not comment on individual immigration cases. Asked whether Mallet had been denied a visa as punishment for hosting Chan, Hong Kong’s chief executive replied: “What you said is pure speculation.”