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

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s foreign minister said on Thursday the arrests of Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow and media tycoon Jimmy Lai raised questions over freedom of speech and the press in Hong Kong and Tokyo’s concerns over the situation were growing.

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 […]

NPCSC decision ‘serves the best interest of HK’

By leaving decisions, such as whether lawmakers are required to swear an oath again in the upcoming term, to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government, Wong said this decision fully demonstrated the central government’s determination in supporting Hong Kong’ having a high degree of autonomy.

Pompeo, in Slovenia, pushes 5G security, warns about China

Pompeo said they should continue to resist Chinese attempts to assert economic and political leverage over them. He noted several recent developments in which China has threatened Czech officials with retaliation for showing support for Taiwan, Tibet and Hong Kong.

CE seeks lawmakers’ views on resumption of LegCo operation

The party also suggested that the Hong Kong government should discuss with its Guangdong and Macao counterparts how to introduce a mutually acceptable digital health code system, so that Hong Kong residents can resume travel to those two places after the pandemic is brought under control. The DAB also advised the government to consider covering […]

The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Biden, Harris launch Trump offensive in first joint appearance

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

“U.S.-China tensions continue to simmer, and are providing support to the dollar,” strategists at Commonwealth Bank of Australia wrote in a note on Tuesday. “But we doubt U.S.-China tensions can derail the well-established dollar downtrend.”

Finance Committee chair backs extension of LegCo term

“Since the existing chairman and deputy chairman of both committees are from the pro-establishment camp, this prevents an opposition deputy chairman the chance to chair the meeting, handle the election, abuse power and delay the election when the chairman is ineligible for chairing the meeting if he or she intends to stand for reelection,” he […]