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China appoints former paramilitary chief as new Hong Kong commander

HONG KONG: China has appointed a former paramilitary chief, Peng Jingtang, as the new commander of the People Liberation Army’s (PLA) garrison in Hong Kong. Peng, who holds the rank of major general, was previously the deputy chief of staff

Hong Kong bans flights after surge in Omicron cases

HONG KONG: Asian financial hub Hong Kong banned flights from eight nations on Wednesday as part of strict new virus curbs, with Omicron outbreaks spiralling out of control from Europe to the United States. The new coronavirus variant is spreading

Hong Kong media tycoon, democracy activists jailed for protests

BEIJING: Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been jailed for 12 months along with four other veteran democracy activists for helping lead one of the city’s biggest ever protests. Over 1.7 million people — almost one quarter of Hong

Hong Kong to disqualify disloyal politicians and officials

BEIJING: Hong Kong announced plans to ramp up the ideological vetting of politicians and officials, with anyone seen to be disloyal to China or a national security threat barred from office. The draft law will be sent next month to

China slams US for imposing sanctions on Hong Kong leaders

HONG KONG: China has slammed the United States for imposing sanctions in response to Beijing’s crackdown in Hong Kong as relations deteriorate between the world’s two biggest economies. The United States sanctioned a group of Chinese and Hong Kong officials

TikTok to stop app operation in Hong Kong

HONG KONG: TikTok is stopping its popular video snippet-sharing app from working in Hong Kong and will exit the market within days. The move by TikTok, owned by China-based ByteDance, came as Facebook, Google and Twitter put a hold on

UK offers citizenship to Hong Kong residents

LONDON: The United Kingdom has offered Hong Kong residents a broader path to citizenship in response to China’s sweeping new security law. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement represents the most direct international response to the legislation that has been condemned

China passes controversial Hong Kong security law

HONG KONG: China has passed a sweeping national security law for Hong Kong on Tuesday in a historic move critics and many western governments fear will end the freedom and autonomy of the financial hub. The legislation was unanimously approved

British PM Johnson offers visas for millions in Hong Kong

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has offered visas to millions of Hong Kong residents and a possible route to citizenship if China persists with its national security law. “Many people in Hong Kong fear their way of life —

Trump revokes preferential treatment for Hong Kong

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said Friday he would strip several of Hong Kong’s special privileges with the United States in response to China’s attempt to exert control in the financial hub. The United States and Britain also raised alarm at

Hong Kong police move to end two weeks siege of university

Hong Kong: The police on Friday ended their two-week siege of a university campus in Hong Kong that became a battleground with pro-democracy protesters as activists vowed to hold fresh rallies and strikes in the coming days. Police said they

China threatens US over law on Hong Kong

HONG KONG: China on Thursday warned US President Donald Trump after the US signed legislation supporting Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters. While President Trump had seemed reluctant to sign the legislation but came under heavy pressure from Congress, where the issue has

Hong Kong protests

The semi-autonomous city of Hong Kong has been witnessing protests for several months now and the rumble is showing no signs of dying down. The problem is that China is very assertive about Hong Kong’s situation and has warned US

US Senate passes Hong Kong rights bill

WASHINGTON: The United States Senate unanimously adopted legislation Tuesday supporting “human rights and democracy” in Hong Kong and threatening to revoke its special economic status, angering China which promptly summoned a US diplomat and threatened countermeasures. The lawmakers also approved a

Hong Kong campus protesters fire arrows as unrest spreads

HONG KONG: Hong Kong protesters shot arrows and hurled petrol bombs from a barricaded university on Sunday at police who fired tear gas and water cannon in some of the worst violence since anti-government unrest erupted five months ago. Several

China slams Hong Kong attack on state media office

BEIJING: Chinese state-run media on Monday called for a “tougher line” on democracy protesters in Hong Kong as it denounced a “terroristic” attack on a state news agency during another weekend of violence in the semi-autonomous city. Hardcore demonstrators in

Hong Kong after weekend clashes braces for protests

HONG KONG: Two people in critical condition in Hong Kong, police said, after a weekend of chaotic clashes with anti-government protesters. China has called for a “firm” stance to end months of unrest that have roiled the Asian financial hub.

China plans to replace Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam

HONG KONG: Beijing is drawing up a plan to remove Hong Kong’s beleaguered Chief Executive Carrie Lam, the Financial Times reported Wednesday, after nearly five months of pro-democracy unrest. The pro-Beijing leader has faced sustained criticism from protesters in the

Hong Kong-based port operator to invest $240 mn in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Hong Kong-based port operator Hutchison Port Holdings will invest approximately $240 million into Pakistan that will significantly increase container terminal capacity at the Karachi Port. In this regard, a delegation of Hutchison Port Holdings led by their Group Managing

Attempts to split China risk ‘smashed’ bodies: President Xi

BEIJING: President Xi Jinping has warned that any attempts to split China would result in “bodies smashed and bones ground to powder”, amid four months of anti-Beijing unrest in Hong Kong. Xi issued the dire message during a weekend visit

Stop playing your dirty games in Hong Kong: Beijing

Beijing: We will not tolerate attempts to separate Hong Kong, reported by Radio Pakistan.  Chinese state media said Hong Kong is an inseparable part of China and the rally in Hong Kong seeking US help for liberation was proof that

Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam refuses to resign

Hong Kong: Carrie Lam refuses to resign and vows to take strict action against the protesters after scrapping the controversial extradition bill that has plunged the territory into its biggest political crisis in decades. Lam announced on Wednesday evening in