Thursday, February 22

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Airline Cathay Flies Around Russia
Hong Kong, News, Russia

Hong Kong Airline Cathay Flies Around Russia

Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific is no longer flying through Russian airspace for the time being. This makes the company different from Chinese peers, who still do that.   Many other Asian and Western airlines had previously decided to avoid Russia or were banned by Russia in response to Western sanctions on Russian airlines. The move by Cathay is striking because society deviates significantly from the Chinese norm. That country, which has strongly strengthened its grip on Hong Kong for several years, has so far refused to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Detours cost Cathay more time and money, especially on flights to and from Western Europe. For example, more fuel has to be refuelled for the longer distance and, in some cases, more personnel have to be taken along beca...
Three Former Hong Kong MPs Arrested for Protests
Hong Kong, News

Three Former Hong Kong MPs Arrested for Protests

Hong Kong police have arrested three former parliamentarians in connection with incidents in May and June involving a smelly liquid thrown into the Legislative Council.   The protest act would have been intended to injure, the police say. pro-democratic activists Ted Hui, Ray Chan and Chun Hoi-dick confirm the arrests on Facebook. The arrests took place after opposition members in the Hong Kong parliament left en masse last week. They did so in protest against the dismissal of four colleagues, in which they see Beijing's umpteenth attempt to quell pro-democratic sentiments in Hong Kong. Police say the charges against the three are the result of extensive investigation. The former parliamentarians have been charged with, among other things, trying to inflict injury and mental dama...
The US Temporarily Terminates the Extradition Treaty With Hong Kong
Hong Kong, News, US

The US Temporarily Terminates the Extradition Treaty With Hong Kong

The United States is suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong for the time being. A tax agreement on the shipment of goods has also been cancelled.   The measures are the latest in a series in which Washington expresses dislike of Beijing's interference in Hong Kong's legal system. Beijing this year enforced a security law on the autonomous region that allows the People's Republic authorities to prosecute people in Hong Kong. The American government believes that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous, as agreed when the former British crown colony was transferred to China in 1997. Thanks to its autonomous status, the region retained its role as a leading Western trading metropolis in Asia. The Hong Kong government has reacted angrily because these are bilateral treaties that...
EU Warns Against Suffocation Free Press in Hong Kong
Europe, Hong Kong, News

EU Warns Against Suffocation Free Press in Hong Kong

The arrest of Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai fuels fears that the new security law is being used to stifle freedom of expression and media in Hong Kong, the European Union said.   Hong Kong authorities must adequately protect the freedom of the press and other rights and freedoms, spokesman for EU foreign chief Josep Borrell said in a statement. Lai, the founder of the Apple Daily newspaper and prominent member of the democratization movement, was arrested on suspicion of collusion with foreign powers and fraud. The newspaper's offices have been raided. Members of the Lais family have also been arrested. The EU has been warning for some time about the consequences of the security law that will increase China's power in the former British crown colony. EU countries recently decided...
Hong Kong Security Cheif Defends Controversial Extradition Law
Hong Kong, News

Hong Kong Security Cheif Defends Controversial Extradition Law

The Hong Kong security Cheif is still behind the controversial extradition law that mass protests started exactly a year ago.   He says that in an interview with The South China Morning Post (SCMP). John Lee Ka-Chiu says he still thinks the law is a good idea. "It was meant to extradite criminals wanted in another country." The concrete reason was the murder of a Hong Konger of his pregnant girlfriend in Taiwan. Legally, the man could not be extradited. Many people in Hong Kong saw the law as an attempt by China to gain more influence in Hong Kong. Hong Kong has been a Chinese region with an autonomous government and special rules since 1997, which gives it more freedom. Lee is disappointed with the violence of the protests and partly blames the United States and Taiwan. "Organi...
China Comes With New Laws After Unrest in Hong Kong
China, Hong Kong, News

China Comes With New Laws After Unrest in Hong Kong

China Comes With New Laws After Unrest in Hong Kong. China is working on new security laws for Hong Kong following the massive protests in the city-state.   Tens of thousands of people took to the streets for months to protest China's increasing domination. The new legislation prohibits, among other things, inflammatory activities aimed at the fall of the central government and external interference in the former British colony. Hong Kong has been part of China again since 1997 but has more independence than other parts of the country. Demonstrators initially took to the streets to protest a controversial extradition law, but later came up with other demands. For example, they want more democracy. The new legislation is expected to prompt protesters to take to the streets again....
Hundreds of Protesters Arrested in Hong Kong
Aisa, Hong Kong, News

Hundreds of Protesters Arrested in Hong Kong

At least 230 people were arrested during demonstrations in Hong Kong last weekend. The authorities announced this on Monday.   It is the first time that so many protesters have been arrested since the outbreak of the Hong Kong coronavirus. Among those arrested was a twelve-year-old boy. The demonstrators took to the streets for the first time since the virus outbreak on April 26 to demonstrate against Carrie Lam's government. In the Mong Kok district, in particular, riot police acted hard on Saturday and Sunday. Among other things, it used batons and pepper spray against protesters. Eighteen people had to go to the hospital. According to the Hong Kong authorities, some protesters were also fined for failing to comply with the corona rules. It is illegal to gather in public with ...