Political storm over controversial Hong Kong extradition bill set to escalate as pro-government lawmakers consider bypassing committee stage

By Alvin Lum, South China Morning Post

This article first appeared in South China Morning Post on 13 May 2019
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  • Pro-government lawmakers considering an unprecedented move to bypass normal vetting procedures
  • Sources say the most extreme situation could see the bill being sent straight to the full council for debate and a vote

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Havoc in Hong Kong Legislature Over Extradition Bill

By Austin Ramzy, The New York Times

This article first appeared in The New York Times on 11 May 2019
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HONG KONG — Anger over a proposal that would let people suspected of crimes be extradited to mainland China led to pandemonium in Hong Kong’s legislature on Saturday, as lawmakers scuffled and at least one was carried out of the chamber on a stretcher.

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Hong Kong deepens its anti-democratic political purge

This article was originally published under the headline “Can Hong Kong’s activists for self-determination get a second chance in politics?” on 31-October-2018 by Jeffie Lam, SCMP. Link to original article: HERE

Recent spate of disqualifications may show an administration taking seriously President Xi Jinping’s warning not to cross ‘red line’ of threatening sovereignty Continue reading “Hong Kong deepens its anti-democratic political purge”

China Rolls Out Facial Recognition Scans on Guangzhou Subway

By Qiao Long, Radio Free Asia

This article first appeared in The Radio Free Asia on 29 October 2018
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Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have installed facial recognition equipment at several subway stations in the provincial capital Guangzhou in recent weeks, residents said Continue reading “China Rolls Out Facial Recognition Scans on Guangzhou Subway”

Hong Kong’s Basic Law is a constitution with Chinese characteristics, and not meant to lead to democracy

Ronald Chiu says the Basic Law only constrains the rights of Hongkongers and puts no limits on Beijing’s authority – and that’s why it must be replaced

By SCMP, Ronald Chiu

This article first appeared in the SCMP on 3 November 2018
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Hong Kong needs a new constitution, because under the Basic Law, we have no real democracy, no real means of amending the constitution and no real means to check Beijing’s powers. Continue reading “Hong Kong’s Basic Law is a constitution with Chinese characteristics, and not meant to lead to democracy”

Chinese dissident Badiucao’s Hong Kong show cancelled over ‘threats’

An exhibition by a dissident Chinese-Australian cartoonist in Hong Kong has been cancelled by its organisers over what they said were threats from China.

By BBC

This article first appeared in BBC on 3 November 2018
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The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge: White Elephant in the Pearl River

The bridge will never recover its costs. Hardly anyone can drive on it. So why was it built?

By Martin Sebena, The Diplomat

This article first appeared in The Diplomat on 20 October 2018
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At the end of October, after several months’ delay, a new bridge connecting the former British colony of Hong Kong with Macau and the Chinese city of Zhuhai will officially open.

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Thousands protest proposed artificial islands for Hong Kong housing

This article first appeared in Channel News Asia.com on 14 October 2018
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HONG KONG: Thousands took to the streets in Hong Kong Sunday (Oct 14) to protest a government plan to build new housing on artificial islands, claiming the “white elephant” project will damage the environment and line the pockets of developers. Continue reading “Thousands protest proposed artificial islands for Hong Kong housing”