‘Five Eyes alliance’ slams postponement of Hong Kong polls

“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.

Britain issues warning over threats to Hong Kong freedoms

In a meeting with Hong Kong’s leader Leung Chun-ying, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said that Hammond would restate “support for Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy, rights and freedoms”, as well as commitment to the Sino-British joint declaration which protects Hong Kong’s liberties.

China’s grip on Hong Kong eroding its status as financial hub, investors believe

Hong Kong was a trade centre almost from its foundation in 1841 as a base for British attacks on China designed to protect the opium trade. Throughout the 1800s and 1900s, its status as a tariff-free free port made it an attractive staging point for companies that wanted to do business with mainland China.

China’s Great Firewall descends on Hong Kong internet users

“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 […]

Reporting on Hong Kong: ‘What will happen to this wonderful city?’

Having covered the anti-extradition movement from the first protest on 9 June, I have been touched by the palpable sense of solidarity in numerous rallies and marches. From marching in massive downpours to standing for hours under the sweltering sun in extreme humidity, one cannot help but feel moved by the protesters who remain orderly […]

Hong Kong elections: UK and allies condemn moves to ‘undermine democracy’

More on Hong Kong’s security law: THE US MOVE: Should US firms be worried about Hong Kong sanctions? RISING TENSIONS: The Hong Kong crisis and the new world order THE NEW LAW: What it is and why Hong Kong is worried WHAT COULD HAPPEN: Life sentences for breaking the law and more ELSEWHERE IN THE […]

Hong Kong media freedoms in spotlight as FT journalist denied visa

The news comes two months after government officials in China and Hong Kong condemned the FCC, one of Asia’s leading press clubs, for hosting a speech by an independence activist, reigniting debate about the viability of the city’s promised freedoms.

Hong Kong leader refuses to explain UK journalist’s visa denial

While Beijing has denied visas to foreign journalists before, Mallet’s case marks the first time in recent years that a foreign correspondent has been denied the right to work in Hong Kong. Media outlets have long used the city as a base to cover greater China and Asia.

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested over alleged foreign collusion

Foreign collusion crimes include requesting or conspiring with a foreign country, institution, organisation or individual – or receiving instruction or funding from them – to disrupt government legislation, undermine an election, or impose sanctions against Hong Kong or mainland China. “Provoking by unlawful means hatred among Hong Kong residents towards the government of Hong Kong […]

‘Our spirit will never be crushed’: Hong Kong activists vow to keep fighting despite new laws

As the United States prepares to impose sanctions on groups responsible for the national security law, To said his meeting with Pompeo could be construed as “requesting a foreign government to impose sanctions” on the Chinese government, which would warrant a jail term from three years up to life imprisonment. Although the law is not […]