Coronavirus Live Updates: Hong Kong Bans Tiananmen Vigil, Citing Covid-19 Threat

Hong Kong police deny permission for Tiananmen Square vigil for the first time in 30 years. The Hong Kong police halted plans for a vigil on Thursday in memory of the people who died during the 1989 crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests, citing the need to enforce social-distancing rules to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. It is the first time the June 4 vigil, which has been held annually since 1990, has been blocked. Fears about limits on free speech and political expression have grown in Hong Kong…

Adieu Hong Kong? Beijing pulls the rug out from under the ‘one country two systems’ formula

With China’s parliament approving new national security laws for Hong Kong, the ‘one country two systems’ formula that ensured many freedoms for the port city is all but dead. Although details of the laws will be worked upon over the coming weeks, their aim would be to proscribe activities that are interpreted as a threat to China’s security, including separatism and foreign influence in domestic politics. These are grounds on which China regularly targets dissidents. And with the new laws also allowing Chinese national security agencies to operate in Hong…

Hong Kong and China’s fate has been clear all along. Xi Jinping is seeing it through

In 1982, China’s Supreme Leader Deng Xiaoping was running out of patience, locked in negotiations with the Iron Lady, British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, for the handover of Hong Kong. He leant across the table and bluntly said he could always send in his army and take the territory back in a day. Thatcher replied that yes, Deng could do just that and there was little Britain could do to stop him, but it would mean the collapse of Hong Kong itself. That exchange was recounted in the late Lady…

China’s Hong Kong Hustle Is Another Blow to Global Security

Xi Jinping is making his move on Hong Kong. And why not? The timing is propitious. The White House had just released a new document titled: United States Strategic Approach to the People’s Republic of China. Xi needed a lifeline, a way to regain his omnipotence in the wake of coronavirus carnage and internal unrest. What better way than to crush the “one-country, two-systems” framework documented in the Sino-British Joint Declaration in 1984, and to deliver a sharp response to the new U.S. declaration? The 1984 agreement stipulated that upon…

Dragon strike – China has launched rule by fear in Hong Kong | Leaders

May 28th 2020 THE PEOPLE of Hong Kong want two things: to choose how they are governed, and to be subject to the rule of law. The Chinese Communist Party finds both ideas so frightening that many expected it to send troops to crush last year’s vast protests in Hong Kong. Instead, it bided its time. Now, with the world distracted by covid-19 and mass protests difficult because of social distancing, it has chosen a quieter way to show who’s boss. That threatens a broader reckoning with the world—and not…

Fear of foreign interference looms large in China’s version of Hong Kong law, East Asia News & Top Stories

BEIJING – Few would disagree that China’s late patriarch Deng Xiaoping was a wise and visionary leader. It took courage to grant Hong Kong autonomy in a “one country, two systems” framework that sets the city apart from other Chinese cities green with envy. China would keep its hands off Hong Kong, pledging that the city’s capitalist system and lifestyle will not change for 50 years and that it will be run by Hong Kongers except in foreign and defence affairs. The city has not had to pay taxes to…

China pushes ahead agenda on India, Hong Kong and Taiwan using COVID cover

China is rapidly pushing ahead its agenda on the border issue with India and other long-pending disputes like Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the South China Sea using the global upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an analysis in the Wall Street Journal. It has been almost four months since Xi Jinping faced the biggest challenge of his leadership the response to the COVID outbreak. But now having pulled off successfully in curbing the virus, the Chinese President has taken bold steps on issues where he has often faced…

Capital flight fears grow alongside Hong Kong political turmoil, Companies & Markets News & Top Stories

HONG KONG (BLOOMBERG) – The fresh political turmoil engulfing Hong Kong in recent days is reviving worries over capital outflows from one of the world’s biggest financial hubs. While there’s little evidence so far that investors, large companies or expat residents are rushing to move their money, the emergence of China’s national security Bill and the US response that it can no longer certify Hong Kong’s political autonomy is stoking concern. The developments come after Hong Kong in the past year was pushed into a deep economic crisis triggered by…

Beyond Hong Kong, an Emboldened Xi Jinping Pushes the Boundaries

BEIJING—Less than four months ago, Xi Jinping faced the biggest crisis of his leadership, as it was bruised by China’s initial, bungled response to the coronavirus. He has since pulled off an extraordinary turnaround, buoyed by Beijing’s reported success in curbing the virus while the U.S. and many other democracies wrestle with it. Mr. Xi has seized the moment to gain ground in areas central to his “China Dream” of a strong unified nation, on par with—if not surpassing—the U.S., while brushing aside government shortcomings. … Source link

The Times view on Britain’s responsibilities to Hong Kong: Freedom Curtailed | Comment

Nobody should underestimate the gravity of the Chinese parliament approving a national security law for Hong Kong yesterday. What it represents, in simple terms, is the end of Hong Kong’s status as a semi-autonomous statelet under the umbrella of the People’s Republic. The promise and legal undertaking made in 1997 that China and Hong Kong would be “one country, two systems” has been broken. The new law is expected to criminalise a variety of acts, including the vague offence of undermining the power or authority of the central Chinese government.…