China to have joint immigration control of new Hong Kong rail terminus

By The Guardian

This article first appeared in The Guardian 15 Jun 2018
Link to original article:  HERE

Protestors say new law passed ahead of opening of high-speed links to Shenzhen and Guangzhou erodes Hong Kong’s autonomy

Hong Kong has passed a controversial bill giving mainland authorities joint control over a new rail terminus despite angry protests the move would erode the city’s autonomy from Beijing. Continue reading “China to have joint immigration control of new Hong Kong rail terminus”

Hong Kong Gives Mainland Police Sway in New Train Station

By Austin Ramsy

This article first appeared in The New York Times 15 Jun 2018
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HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s legislature approved a contentious plan late Thursday to allow mainland Chinese police officers to operate in a section of a new train station scheduled to open this year.

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Human Rights Watch slams Hong Kong station’s joint police control

By Maya Wang

This article was originally published under the headline “China’s Fast Train to Erode Hong Kong’s Autonomy” on 17-June-2018 by Human Rights Watch. Link to original article: HERE

When Hong Kong was handed over from British to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, its inhabitants were reassured that their way of life would remain the same. That commitment was made legally binding through Continue reading “Human Rights Watch slams Hong Kong station’s joint police control”

Chinese law at Hong Kong rail station prompts legal battle

By Channel NewAsia

hong-kong-s-mini-constitution----the-basic-law----clearly-cites-that-national-laws-do-not-apply-to-the-city-apart-from-in-limited-areas-incHong Kong’s mini-constitution – the Basic Law – clearly cites that national laws do not apply to the city apart from in limited areas, including defence. (Photo: AFP/Vivek Prakash)

HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s imposing new harbourfront rail terminus promises a high-speed link with China but for some the station represents an existential crisis for the city, with nothing less than its cherished freedoms under threat.

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Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation profiteering from state repression

“A tool of the government’s political crackdown” 

Adam N. Lee, chinaworker.info

Hong Kong’s state-owned rail giant MTR has expanded aggressively overseas in the past decade. The company has exploited the worldwide mania for privatisation of formerly publicly owned transport systems to establish itself as a global force. It now derives one-third of its revenue from operations in Europe, Australia and mainland China.

“In Sweden, MTR is now the third biggest employer in the capital Stockholm,” says Per-Åke Westerlund of the socialist party, Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (CWI in Sweden). “Several groups of unionised workers have grievances against the company, which operates the Stockholm subway system, the capital’s regional railway, and has also taken over national rail routes. This summer, MTR’s subcontractor at the regional railway sacked 24 cleaning workers and cut working hours for another 41.”

In Melbourne, Australia, MTR owns 60 percent of Metro, which operates the city’s trains. In 2015, the company’s attacks on working hours and conditions triggered the transport network’s first strike since 1997.

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