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HK sees further integration with mainland, slams foreign interference ahead of policy address

A day ahead of the city's annual policy address, hinting at the further integration of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) into China's greater development plan, the HKSAR government fought back in a decisive manner against the blatant interference of the British government into China's internal affairs by releasing a so-called six-monthly report on Hong Kong.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/24 22:13:40

UPDATE: UK's six-monthly report on HK shows fullest double standard: Carrie Lam

The UK government's latest six-monthly report on Hong Kong shows its “fullest double standard,” Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said late Monday, condemning the report and vowing to stick to principles and maintain governance by law. “In the past year, several foreign governments have unreasonably criticized Hong Kong affairs, and each time the Special Administrative Region (SAR) government has justifiably refuted them, and their double standards,” Lam wrote on her Facebook page on Monday. “The UK Foreign Secretary's six-monthly report on Hong Kong brings this 'double-standard' to its fullest.”
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/24 12:48:40

HKSAR gov't establishes Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Development Office

The Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau (CMAB) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government announced Monday the establishment of a special office to strengthen the promotion and coordination work on the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/11/24 10:51:20

UK's six-monthly report on HK shows fullest double standard: HK Chief Executive Carrie Lam

UK government's latest "six-monthly report on Hong Kong" shows "fullest double standard". The HKSAR government and I will keep to our principles and maintain governance by law: HK Chief Executive Carrie Lam
Source: Globaltimes.cn | 2020/11/24 9:52:00

Joshua Wong's guilty plea 'another political performance': experts

Hong Kong secessionist Joshua Wong Chi-fung pleaded guilty to two charges of inciting and organizing an unauthorized assembly in a siege of the headquarters of the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) in June 2019, which experts noted was “another political performance.” Wong's fellow secessionists and long-time colleagues Agnes Chow Ting and Ivan Lam also pleaded guilty to charges related to the same siege earlier on Monday morning. The three were taken away ahead of a sentencing hearing on Dec 2, where they could face a maximum of five years in prison if convicted, local media reported. Wong faced three charges and pleaded guilty to two counts of organizing and taking part in an unauthorized assembly, and was acquitted of the charge of participating in an unauthorized assembly.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/23 18:04:02

HK secessionist Joshua Wong pleads guilty on charges related to June 2019's siege of police HQ

Hong Kong secessionist Joshua Wong pleaded guilty on charges related to the siege of the Hong Kong Police Force HQ in June 2019. Fellow secessionists Agnes Chow Ting and Ivan Lam also pleaded guilty earlier on Mon.
Source: Globaltimes.cn | 2020/11/23 13:08:18

Two HK district councillors among three arrested over conspiracy to defraud in LegCo elections

Six people were arrested in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) over the weekend on charges of conspiracy to defraud in the general elections for the Legislative Council (LegCo), and sponsoring secessionist activities, including two district councillors and a radio DJ.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/22 18:33:40

HK police detain 3 people for sponsoring secessionists, hampering national security

The national security department of Hong Kong police on Saturday arrested three people accused of crowdfunding and sponsoring secessionist activities.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/21 16:46:40

Hong Kong will implement compulsory COVID19 testing among certain groups as situation worsens

Hong Kong will implement mandatory COVID-19 testing among certain groups of people, including those with symptoms, nursing home employees and taxi drivers, as the pandemic worsens rapidly, Chan Siu-chee, director of Hong Kong Food and Health Bureau said at a press conference Friday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/20 18:26:57

RCEP outcasts US and Taiwan seek benefit from each other with futile economic dialogue

The US and the island of Taiwan - two outcasts of the world's two major regional trade agreements, the RCEP and CPTPP - will hold a high-sounding "economic prosperity partnership dialogue" on Friday, which analysts described as a "political show" that is unlikely to achieve any substantial progress at a time when the new US administration is preparing to take over the White House in less than 70 days.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/20 17:38:54

Hong Kong court adjourns case of ex-lawmakers disturbing LegCo order

A Hong Kong court on Thursday adjourned the proceedings of a case in which three ex-lawmakers were accused of disturbing the order of Legislative Council (LegCo) meetings to Feb 11, 2021.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/11/20 10:47:05

DPP shutting anti-secessionist TV station 'political suppression'

The island of Taiwan is entering its "darkest time" for freedom of speech as media organizations, observers and ordinary people criticized Taiwan's regional authority, which decided to suspend the operation of a TV station that has an anti-secessionist stance — a move observers described on Thursday as being vindictive, dictatorial and politically motivated.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/19 21:38:40

'Five Eyes' could be poked blind if China's sovereignty and security harmed, warns Chinese FM spokesperson

Rebutting the Five Eyes' joint statement stigmatizing China's top legislature's recent decision to disqualify four unpatriotic lawmakers of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Chinese FM spokesperson Zhao Lijian expressed strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to repeated external interference in China's internal affairs, warning the Five Eyes alliance not to harm China's sovereignty and security. “No matter how many 'eyes' you have, be careful not to blind yourself by harming China's sovereignty, security and development interests,” Zhao said at a routine news conference on Thursday. On Wednesday, the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing group consisting of Australia, the UK, Canada, New Zealand and the US accused China's top legislative organ's disqualification of members of the Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo) of being “part of a campaign to silence critics,” and called on Beijing to reinstate them.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/19 17:03:33

Aussie should own up to real reasons for setback in bilateral ties: Chinese FM

“No matter how many 'eyes' you have, be careful not to blind yourself by harming China's sovereignty, security and development interests,” said Chinese FM spokesperson Zhao Lijian, following Five Eyes' statement stigmatizing China's decision to disqualify 4 HKSAR lawmakers.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/19 16:59:58

Foreign forces meddling in HK affairs 'doomed to failure': Chinese FM on Five Eyes' statement

Foreign forces meddling in Hong Kong affairs are “doomed to failure,” said the Chinese Foreign Ministry, condemning the Five Eyes Alliance's announcement stigmatizing China's top legislature's decision to disqualify four unpatriotic Hong Kong lawmakers, and urged the countries to stop their double standards. On Wednesday, the Five Eyes intelligence sharing group issued a statement, accusing the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress' disqualification of members of the Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo) of being “part of a campaign to silence critics,” and called on Beijing to reinstate them.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/19 16:52:46

Hong Kong loosens COVID-19 lockdown, exempts some returnees from 14-day quarantine

Hong Kong started to loosen the COVID-19 lockdown for its citizens on Wednesday, months after the city began requiring all inbound people to undergo a 14-day quarantine in mid-March.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/19 9:47:28

Taiwan Affairs Office indirectly confirms blacklisting 'diehard Taiwan secessionists'

Busting "stubborn Taiwan secessionists" and their paymasters is significant to cross-Straits stability and Chinese interests: Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council said in response to alleged mainland moves to formulate a blacklist of "stubborn Taiwan secessionists."
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/18 16:10:25

UPDATE: 3 HK ex-lawmakers arrested, charged and set to appear in court: police

Hong Kong media reported that former lawmaker Eddie Chu Hoi-dick was arrested on Wednesday morning on suspicion of violating China's national security law for Hong Kong. Two other former opposition lawmakers - Ted Hui Chi-fung and Raymond Chan Chi-chuen - were also arrested by local police for spilling odorous liquid during a Legislative Council (LegCo) meeting.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/18 14:32:42