China defence minister discuss policy on Hong Kong, Xinjiang with US, calls for cooperation

Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe discussed policies surrounding Hong Kong, Taiwan, the South China Sea and Xinjiang with US Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper in a telephone call on Wednesday, November 6. Wei “stressed” China’s position on the contentious issues and called for “mutually beneficial cooperation” as the “only correct choice” between China and the United States. “The two sides should … continue to advance military-to-military relations to make them a pillar of stability in bilateral relations,” Wei was quoted as saying by the Associated Press. Reports suggest that while…

Protesters voice support for Hong Kong before Rockets game

HOUSTON — A group of about 35 people staged a rally Saturday outside of the Toyota Center before the Houston Rockets‘ game against the New Orleans Pelicans to voice support for protesters in Hong Kong. As fans filed into the arena, the demonstrators gathered in the entrance plaza, wearing black T-shirts emblazoned with the words “Fight For Freedom” on the front and “China, Stop Bullying” on the back. They held American flags as well as signs expressing support for free expression and criticizing the Chinese government. Two attendees held a…