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Hong Kong: China vows to retaliate after Trump ends special economic status

Hong Kong: China vows to retaliate after Trump ends special economic status

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Media playback is unsupported on your device China has vowed to retaliate after the US ended Hong Kong's preferential trade status and imposed sanctions on officials who crack down on rights.President Donald Trump said he was acting because China had taken away Hong Kong's freedom after it imposed a new security law.Beijing condemned Mr Trump's decision, saying it would impose sanctions on relevant people and entities in the US.US-China ties have become increasingly strained over a wide range of issues.Apart from Beijing's actions in Hong Kong, Mr Trump has criticised China over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic as well as its military build-up in the South China Sea, its treatment of Muslim minorities and massive trade surpluses.Mr Tru...

Hong Kong shuts schools as new virus cases increase

Health
Hong Kong says it is suspending classes for students through middle school following a rise in coronavirus casesByThe Associated PressJuly 10, 2020, 8:48 AM1 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleHONG KONG -- Hong Kong's government on Friday said it is suspending classes for students through middle school following a rise in coronavirus cases. The semi-autonomous Chinese territory has reported 1,365 cases with seven deaths. The increase in new cases prompted the government to tighten social-distancing measures. Kindergarten, primary and secondary schools will be closed until further notice, according to the education department. Officials reported 42 new cases on Thursday, 34 of them locally transmitted. Most of the new cases were related to known clusters, includi...
Australia suspends Hong Kong extradition treaty and offers visa extensions

Australia suspends Hong Kong extradition treaty and offers visa extensions

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Australia has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong, and offered visa holders from the territory a five-year extension with a pathway to permanent residency, in response to China's imposition of a national security law.The 10,000 Hong Kong citizens in the country on student or temporary work visas are likely to benefit from the move. "There will be citizens of Hong Kong who may be looking to move elsewhere, to start a new life somewhere else, to take their skills, their businesses," said Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Image: The colonial flag of Hong Kong is held aloft during a march by protesters He also made a pitch for international financial services, consulting and media businesses with regional headquarters in Ho...
TikTok says it will no longer operate in Hong Kong due to national security law

TikTok says it will no longer operate in Hong Kong due to national security law

Technology
TikTok has said it will no longer operate in Hong Kong after China's new national security law demanded it hand over user data.Technology giants including Google, Twitter and Facebook have also said they will deny requests for user data from Hong Kong law enforcement while they examine the implications of the new legislation. Professional networking site LinkedIn and video conferencing software Zoom have said they too are "pausing processing data requests from and related to Hong Kong" in light of the law.It comes after the Hong Kong government announced how some aspects of the security law will be implemented late on Monday. Police will no longer have to seek court orders before requiring internet users or service providers to remove posts or aid investigations. ...
Asylum for ‘tortured’ Hong Kong consulate worker could give hope to other activists

Asylum for ‘tortured’ Hong Kong consulate worker could give hope to other activists

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A former worker at the UK's consulate in Hong Kong has told Sky News that Britain's decision to grant him asylum could set a precedent for others who fear Chinese persecution. Hong Kong-born Simon Cheng, 29, said the Home Office recently approved his asylum request after he was forced to flee the territory last year following more than two weeks in Chinese detention. In an interview with Sky News, the pro-democracy campaigner said he applauded a decision by Britain this week to offer millions of Hong Kong residents a path to UK citizenship if they hold the special status of British National Overseas (BNO).However, Mr Cheng said his case might mean those who do not qualify, including anyone who was born after Britain handed control of the city back to China in 1997, might be able to claim p...