CHINA HOLDS MILITARY INVASION DRILL AMID TENSIONS WITH TAIWAN

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China held a simulated military attack on Saturday 10 October that included drones, special forces, and airborne troops, in the latest in a series of military exercises aimed at Taiwan. The exercise – the first to be fully disclosed by Chinese state media – took place on Taiwan’s National Day. The Chinese report mentioned the…

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FIRST PERSON CHARGED UNDER HONG KONG’S CONTROVERSIAL NEW LAW

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The first person in Hong Kong to be prosecuted under the city’s sweeping new national security law was denied bail after appearing in court on Monday 6 July. Hong Kong police made their first arrests the day after China’s central government passed the controversial law. Thousands defied tear gas and pepper pellets to protest the…

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HONG KONG BANS TIANANMEN VIGIL FOR FIRST TIME

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Hong Kong police have, for the first time in 30 years, denied permission for organisers to hold the annual vigil for victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Police cited concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. Organisers believe the government is using the pandemic to shut down the demonstration. The rally has been held since…

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CHINA’S PROPOSED SECURITY LAW LEADS TO NEW HONG KONG PROTESTS

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Protests have erupted again in Hong Kong after Beijing announced a proposed national security bill that could threaten Hong Kong’s sovereignty. The law would allow Beijing to set up intelligence agencies in Hong Kong, with the aim of “tackling secession, subversion, and terrorist activities.” Chinese Secretary for Security John Lee cited an increase in terrorism…

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SEASON OF DISCONTENT: PROTESTS FLARE AROUND THE WORLD

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By Andrew Richards, Alex Pollock and Donnelly McCleland Protests have flared around the world in 2019. Each has had its own trigger, but many of the underlying frustrations are similar. According to Declan Walsh and Max Fisher (New York Times): “In many of the restive countries, experts discern a pattern: a louder-than-usual howl against elites…

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MASSIVE PEACEFUL PROTESTS RESUME IN HONG KONG AFTER VIOLENT CLASHES

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By Donnelly McCleland Hundreds of thousands of peaceful protesters of all ages returned to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday [18 August], in a massive show of solidarity for a movement that appeared on the verge of losing popular support. Protesters defied torrential rain, a police ban and menacing threats from the Chinese government…

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CHINA BACKS HONG KONG CHIEF, SLAMS PROTESTERS FOR VIOLENCE

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2 JULY 2019 (SOURCE: ASSOCIATED PRESS) – China’s government strongly backed Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s embattled administration on Tuesday, saying the occupation and vandalising of the city’s legislature by pro-democracy protesters amounted to “serious illegal acts” that endangered the social order. Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Beijing condemned the acts that saw several hundred demonstrators…

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MASS PROTESTS IN HONG KONG OVER PROPOSED EXTRADITION BILL

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By Alex Pollock Thousands of people in Hong Kong surrounded police headquarters [on Friday 21 June], calling for an extradition bill to be scrapped. Millions of people have marched against the bill in recent weeks, with violent clashes breaking out with police. The bill, which allows extradition to mainland China, has already been suspended. People…

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CONCERN OVER HONG KONG’S PROPOSED CHANGES TO EXTRADITION LAWS

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By Mike Burnard Thousands of people protested in Hong Kong on Sunday [7 April] against a government plan to change extradition laws, fearing an erosion of personal freedom and the city’s status as an international business hub.  The Hong Kong government proposal, announced in February, would grant the city’s leader executive power to send fugitives…

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