Hong Kong was once a home for critics of Beijing. Now they might not even be safe at the airport
- But for artists like Badiucao, who has no intention of stopping criticizing governments in his work, or displaying previous art that was political, the law could apply as soon as he sets foot inside Hong Kong -- even though he is now an Australian citizen.
- Maggie Lewis, an expert in contemporary Chinese law at Seton Hall University, said she would now consider the risk differently every time she traveled the city.
- Now, under the new security law, experts fear such moves could increase -- especially if staunch critics of the Communist Party feel they can't return.
- Many law experts and dissidents agree it remains unclear how worried critics traveling through Hong Kong should be, or exactly how the Chinese government intends to use the law.
US Navy to send two aircraft carriers and several warships to South China Sea
- The exercise is long planned but comes as China conducts military drills of its own in the area, near the contested Paracel Islands, exercises that have been criticized by the US and other countries.
- The Wall Street Journal first reported the carriers' participation in the coming exercise.
- The Paracel Islands are claimed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan, and the US has long said Beijing has militarized the islands in the South China Sea via the deployment of military hardware and construction of military facilities.
- The US Navy occasionally challenges Beijing's claims to the islands by conducting so-called "Freedom of Navigation Operations," most recently in May. Officials said the US military exercises will not be conducted close to any of the contested islands in the region.
US plans to rollback special status may erode Hong Kong's startup ecosystem
- For two months, the people of Hong Kong waited in suspense after China’s legislature approved a new national security law.
- As many Hong Kong residents feared, the broadly written new law gives Beijing extensive authority over the Special Administrative Region and has the potential to sharply curtail civil liberties.
- In response, the United States began the first measures to end the special status it gives to Hong Kong, with the Commerce and State Departments suspending export license exceptions for sensitive U.S. technology and blocking the export of defense equipment.
- Under special status, Hong Kong had privileges including lower trade tariffs and a separate customs and immigration designation from mainland China, but now the future of those is unclear.
- Equally opaque is how the erosion of special status and the new national security law will impact Hong Kong’s startups in the future.
Beijing crackdown will squeeze business
- Investors will make a grave mistake by ignoring how much China's new national security law will change Hong Kong.
- So, when Beijing promulgated a draconian and far-reaching national security law in Hong Kong this week, I was not surprised to hear some foreign executives brush it off as a purely political development that will ensnare troublesome protesters but leave businesses well alone.
- To understand what lies ahead, investors need only read about what has been happening in mainland China and Hong Kong over the last few years: flagrant interference in foreign businesses, abductions of executives and a regulatory playing field tilted in favour of the Chinese Communist Party.
- Hong Kong has gone from being the great connector of East and West to becoming the frontline of an emerging new Cold War. British bank HSBC is one of many that has been caught in the middle, attacked by Chinese officials for being slow to support the national security law and lambasted by British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab for backing the legislation.
Hong Kong protest leader flees as government warns calls for 'revolution' are now illegal
- Hong Kong (CNN) - The ramifications of a new security law imposed on Hong Kong by China are still unfolding, as authorities moved to outlaw a popular protest movement slogan and at least one prominent activist fled the city rather than face potential arrest.
- Nathan Law, a former lawmaker and leader of the 2014 Umbrella Movement, said late Thursday that he had left Hong Kong, soon after speaking to a US Congressional panel via video link.
- Of the 10 arrests under the law so far, made during protests on July 1, all were in relation to promoting Hong Kong independence, with people grabbed for showing flags, shouting slogans, or found with pro-separatist materials in their bags.
- Speaking to local media this week, Lento Yip Yuk-fai, chairman of the Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Association, said that companies will now have no choice but to help police if they make national security requests.
Senate Passes Sanctions Bill Against Chinese Officials Over Hong Kong
- WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed by unanimous consent a bipartisan bill to impose sanctions on Chinese officials who threaten Hong Kong’s limited autonomy, as well as the banks and firms that do business with them, sending the legislation to the president’s desk.
- The bill, sponsored by Sens.
- Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) and Chris Van Hollen (D., Md.), passed the House on Wednesday night.
- It now heads to President Trump.
- The White House has not indicated whether the president will support the bill.
Defiance and fear as Hong Kong settles into new normal after China-backed law takes hold
- As the city marked 23 years of Chinese rule Wednesday, and less than 24 hours under the new reality of the national security law -- which criminalizes secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign forces -- thousands of people defied a police ban to take to the streets.
- Police said around 370 people were arrested Wednesday, including 10 people under the new national security law.
- Zhang Xiaoming, deputy director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of China's State Council, confirmed another controversial element of the law Wednesday, saying that suspects prosecuted by Chinese agents acting in the city will be tried on the mainland -- effectively permitting the extradition of Hong Kong residents across the border, the very issue which kick-started widespread protests in the city last summer.
PM mulls safe haven for Hong Kongers
- Australia is preparing to offer safe haven to Hong Kongers fleeing the city following China's national security crackdown, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says.
- On the heels of the United Kingdom offering a pathway to citizenship for three million Hong Kongers, Mr Morrison confirmed the government was examining options and shared international alarm about the imposition of the new laws, which have undermined the island's autonomy.
- The Chinese embassy in Canberra slammed the Morrison government for its public opposition to the new national security laws.
- There are two options readily open to the Morrison government to help Hong Kongers with safe haven.
- Otherwise the government could offer temporary visas, as happened in 1999 with Kosovar refugees, although if Beijing did not back down, Hong Kongers may end up staying here.
What you need to know about Hong Kong's controversial new national security law
- Critics say the law, which in some cases could overide Hong Kong's own legal processes, marks an erosion of the city's precious civil and political freedoms; the Chinese and local governments argue it's necessary to curb unrest and uphold mainland sovereignty.
- It's also not clear whether there will be any checks and balances that allow the local government to regulate what mainland agents do in Hong Kong, and what role those agents could play in any potential political prosecution of city opposition figures.
- For more than six months, Hong Kong was rocked by often violent pro-democracy, anti-government protests, which posed a major challenge to the city's local leaders and police force, who deployed tear gas and water cannon.
- Lam, Hong Kong's leader, said the central government had "no alternative but to take action" after last year's political unrest, and that Hong Kong had a "constitutional duty" to uphold China's sovereignty.
Britain throws opens doors to 3m Hong Kongers
- London | The British government has confirmed it will give almost 3 million Hong Kong residents the option to resettle in Britain, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson looks to step up the response to China's imposition of a national security law on the city.
- Mr Johnson echoed Mr Raab's comments, saying Beijing's new national security law for the province was "a clear and serious breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration" - the treaty that governs the 1997 British handover of Hong Kong to China as well as the "one country, two systems" aftermath.
- Boris Johnson makes good on a promise to allow eligible HK residents to resettle in Britain after Beijing's security law comes into force.
- China's legislators on Tuesday passed national security laws for Hong Kong aimed at silencing the city's pro-democracy activists and protesters.