Japan says concerns over Hong Kong growing, after activist Agnes Chow arrested

A cross-party group of lawmakers, including members of Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party, has condemned the arrests, urging the government to refuse any requests for evidence based on the security law, and to ease visa restrictions on Hong Kong residents.

Hong Kong activist Agnes Chow thanks Japanese after outpouring of support

TOKYO, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow, released on bail after her arrest under the new National Security Law, has thanked Japanese people for their outpouring of support, urging them to not to forget the city amid a crackdown by Beijing.

Hong Kong reports 69 new coronavirus cases as local transmissions stay high

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong reported 69 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, of which 65 were locally transmitted, as authorities cautioned the global financial hub still faced a critical period to control the virus, which has seen a resurgence since early July.

Asia Cup: India’s Hong Kong dress rehearsal before Pakistan clash

India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Dinesh Karthik, Khaleel Ahmed. Hong Kong: Anshuman Rath (captain), Aizaz Khan, Babar Hayat, Cameron McAulson, Christopher Carter, Ehsan Khan, Ehsan Nawaz, Arshad Mohammed, Kinchit Shah, Nadeem […]

Recent drills near Taiwan were ‘necessary’ to safeguard sovereignty: China’s military

The drills were a ‘necessary action’ to safeguard sovereignty, Senior Colonel Zhang Chunhui, spokesman for the Eastern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA)said in a statement.

China extends anti-dumping tariff for 5 years on India-made optical fibre

The Chinese ministry ruled if the anti-dumping measures were terminated, “…the dumping of imported single-mode optical fibers originating in India to China may continue or recur, and the damage to China’s domestic industries may continue or recur”.

Asian stocks set to track Wall Street’s defiant rally

Ray Attrill, Head of FX Strategy at National Australia Bank in Sydney, said that “the improvement in risk sentiment has carried the day” for the Aussie after initially being dragged lower by negative news out of New Zealand and second quarter wage data.

Asian stocks set for cautious start amid renewed US-China tensions

However, Trump also added that the Phase 1 trade deal with China means “very little,” which could set the stage for further tension when officials from both countries meet on Saturday to review progress over the first six months of the agreement.

China’s Confucius Institutes under radar of US state department: Report

The US State Department may announce as soon as Thursday a requirement for Chinese government-funded cultural centers at US universities to register as foreign missions, Bloomberg News reported, a development that would be signal further deterioration in ties with Beijing.

PLA’s Eastern Theater Command conducts exercises in Taiwan Straits

Taiwan is a sacred and indispensable part of China, he said, adding that negative acts concerning Taiwan by some foreign nations recently had sent seriously misleading signals to separatist forces and posed a severe threat to regional peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits.