They must swear allegiance to institutions and the Basic Law in writing. Democracy activists: They want to align state officials with government positions. Students will no longer be able to sing the anthem of the democracy movement.
Yesterday the stock market rose to +5.71: a 25.29% jump from last March. The gains are the result of ease of access to liquidity. Warnings of bubonic plague in Inner Mongolia: A partial lockdown for the city of Bayan Nur. Due to the closure of many firms during the pandemic, at least 80 million jobs have been lost, not to mention the lives of over 300 million migrants, not figured in official statistics.
The academician was charged with "soliciting prostitution ". He was suspended from teaching for an article against Xi's lifetime presidency. He was also critical of the regime’s pandemic management. The Communist Party is leveraging the fight against coronavirus to crack down on dissident intellectuals.
National security law “threatens to undermine freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press and academic freedom. Freedom of religion and belief is also under threat. According to many reports, freedom of religion and belief in mainland China has suffered the most violent attacks since the Cultural Revolution."
The authorities want to check their compatibility with the new legislation. Joshua Wong: Censorship just like in China. Tanya Chan: The population self-censors to avoid problems.
For decades the country has imported plastics, paper, metals, textiles and other waste to be used as a substitute for raw materials, or to destroy or bury them. In 2016, it absorbed over half of all solid waste in the world. China remains one of the most polluted countries on earth: at least half a million people die there every year from breathing problems related to air pollution.
The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong has no confidence in China and fears government interference in Church affairs will occur in Hong Kong. Card Tong holds a different position. For Hong Kong priest, Beijing will only allow freedom of worship, but religious freedom is broader.
His destination is unknown. A few hours earlier he had testified by videoconference before the US Congress. City authorities: Slogans in favor of democracy or independence violate the law. The fears of democracy groups.
Chinese warships and coastguard vessels are in the waters around the Paracel Islands, which are also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan. For some analysts, Beijing wants to demonstrate its strength by showing they can land and seize islands in the area. Two US aircraft carriers are currently in the Philippine Sea. Australia is boosting its military budget to meet China’s challenge.
At least 370 people arrested in Hong Kong yesterday; several of them are victims of the new law. The US House of Representatives unanimously votes for a law that provides for sanctions on people, companies and banks that undermine Hong Kong's freedom. The criticism of the EU, Australia, Great Britain, Japan. Concerns about the "universal" sovereignty expressed by law.
By 2 pm, hundreds of people had gathered in Causeway Bay and Times Square, eventually becoming thousands at the intersection with Hennessy Road. Some 4,000 police agents in riot gear with water cannons charge the crowd and arrest protesters.
According to the deputy head of the Office for Hong Kong and Macao, many businessmen expressed gratitude to him for saving the "stability" of the territory. In the new law, the definitions of four crimes - secession, subversion, terrorism, collaboration with foreign forces - are so broad that they include situations created this year in Hong Kong with pro-democracy demonstrations. The law is drawn up in six chapters and 66 articles. Crimes committed abroad are also punishable. National education.
Security concerns lead Chunghwa Telecom and Taiwan Mobile to choose Finnish company. Taiwan will invest 605 million euros to encourage the industrial development of the 5G system. US government: Huawei is a "threat to national security".
Civil Human Rights Front calls on Hongkongers to protest against the security law and for the "five demands". For Figo Chan, “if we stay silent because of fear, our freedoms will be undermined for sure.” Organisers urge participant to protest peacefully. Some 4,000 police agents will be deployed.
It was voted on in 15 minutes by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. Hong Kong people don't know the text. Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Agnes Chow leave the Demosisto party: they will engage only on a personal level. It is reasonable "to fear for one's life and security in the commitment to democratic resistance". Amnesty: "The greatest betrayal of human rights in the recent history of the city".