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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

Revealed: Identities of Jimmy Lai's aide behind Biden conspiracy, spy with multiple anti-China roles

Ahead of the November 3 US presidential election, Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai Chee-ying said he personally had “nothing to do with” a report compiled under a fake persona and used in a conspiracy theory to discredit presidential candidate Joe Biden, but he admitted that his assistant Mark Simon was involved.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/17 19:28:12

'Right and proper' to allow only patriots govern Hong Kong: deputy director of HKMAO

It is “only right and proper” to demand that those who govern Hong Kong must be patriots, Deputy Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office (HKMAO) Zhang Xiaoming said in a speech delivered at a forum, while defending the national security law for Hong Kong and the recent decision to disqualify a number of unpatriotic Hong Kong lawmakers. The promulgation of the national security law for Hong Kong marked the beginning of a new phase in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region's (HKSAR) transition from chaos to governance, Zhang said on Tuesday at the law summit to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the promulgation of the Basic Law of Hong Kong.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/17 15:17:06

HKSAR gov't to inspect 2,500 aged buildings in aftermath of fatal fire

The government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) said it will complete the inspection of some 2,500 domestic or composite buildings aged 60 or above by the end of this year, in the aftermath of a deadly fire on Sunday night.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/11/17 14:42:36

Leaders of separatist forces 'should be blacklisted' as report says Chinese mainland to sanction Taiwan secessionists: analysts

After a Hong Kong newspaper reported on Sunday that the Chinese mainland will formulate a blacklist of "stubborn Taiwan secessionists," both sides of the Taiwan Straits wondered who will make the list, as mainland experts said the blacklist should include the leaders, influential personnel of the secessionist forces, and the head of Taiwan's executive body.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/17 1:55:39

Taiwan faces Asia-Pacific isolation after RCEP exclusion

Taiwan-based politicians and pundits believe that failure to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the world's biggest trade free agreement, will deal a heavy blow to the already sluggish economy of the island of Taiwan, a result experts pointed out will further isolate the pro-secessionist Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and help accelerate the reunification process.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/16 20:18:17

Central government's office and HK Chief Executive send condolences over HK's deadliest fire in years

Hong Kong saw its worst fire in recent years on Sunday, which has killed seven and left more than 10 others injured. The Chief Executive of the special administrative region visited the scene shortly after the fire, sending condolences, and demanding all-out efforts to treat the injured and investigate the accident. The fire broke out at a tenement building in Yau Ma Tai at around 8 pm on Sunday. It was extinguished about two hours later, Xinhua News reported. In a statement published in the early morning on Monday, Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, said she was deeply saddened by the deaths and injuries caused by the fire.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/16 13:10:58