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Definition amending of "media representatives" no harm to press freedom: HKSAR gov't official

The Hong Kong police's amending of the definition of "media representatives" under the Police General Orders will not harm freedom of the press, Matthew Cheung, chief secretary for administration of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government, said Sunday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/9/28 13:19:29

Taiwan 'puts all eggs in one basket' by refusing mainland vaccines

Experts warned that the island of Taiwan is "putting all its eggs in one basket" as island officials said that they would not purchase COVID-19 vaccines from the Chinese mainland, even though the mainland has an apparent advantage in vaccine research and development by contributing four of the world's nine COVID-19 candidate vaccines undergoing Phase III clinical trials.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/27 22:53:55

HK officials shrug off US' unilateral sanction

Regarding the US' newly published details on sanctions on Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) officials, some of the sanctioned officials responded that they have never taken the "futile" sanctions seriously.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/27 20:18:40

DPP spreads 'green terror' by obstructing singers to mainland

The island of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) on Saturday urged Taiwan-born entertainers not to attend a Chinese mainland gala being held for the upcoming National Day holidays, a move that was slammed by analysts as politicization of cultural activities and "spreading green terror" by any means possible to thwart normal exchanges.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/27 15:01:47

12 suspects nabbed 26 nautical miles SE of HK waters, mainland police reveal details

Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department revealed details about 12 Hong Kong people who were detained due to illegal entry into mainland waters on August 23, as the case was being hyped by some anti-government forces and Western media.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/26 22:26:21

Hong Kong plans to require new civil servants to pledge to uphold Basic Law, swear allegiance to HKSAR

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government will require new civil servants employed from July 1 to pledge to uphold the Basic Law and swear allegiance to the HKSAR, an official said on Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/9/26 8:05:44

Taiwan's high-profile missile tests no threat to PLA: experts

The island of Taiwan's Hsiung Feng II E supersonic anti-ship missiles and its enhanced Sky Bow III surface-to-air missiles were likely at the center of a reported high-profile missile launch test on Thursday, defense experts said, adding that the weapons pose no real threat to People's Liberation Army's (PLA) ballistic missiles.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/25 15:32:17

UK solicitor hearing 'a political maneuver': HK lawmaker Junius Ho

Hong Kong pro-establishment lawmaker Junius Ho Kwan-yiu denounced Luke de Pulford and the UK's Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal on Thursday after a letter was published by the British anti-China figure on his Twitter account suggesting Ho was supposed to attend a hearing by the tribunal in December and would risk losing his qualification of practicing law in the UK given his political stance.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/24 22:15:13

HK lawyer urges bail denial for Joshua Wong ahead of trial

Hong Kong riot leader Joshua Wong Chi-fung, who is out on bail, was detained temporarily on Thursday for attending an illegal gathering on October 5, 2019, and for violating the anti-mask ordinance. Lawyers urged that bail be denied for Wong, as he may have a strong intention to flee Hong Kong as his multiple offenses could add to his sentence if convicted.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/24 16:04:28

Death of US war journalist sparks speculation among Chinese netizens

The recent death of an American journalist in Turkey caught the attention of Chinese netizens on Wednesday, as Andre Vltchek had criticized black-clad rioters in Hong Kong and Western media depictions of the anti-government protests in 2019, saying the coverage by the Western media was adding “fuel to the fire” of the protests.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/23 22:21:39

54% of respondents agree to QR health code launch in Hong Kong: survey

Fifty-four percent of respondents to a recent survey in Hong Kong said that they agreed with the Hong Kong government's plan to launch a QR health code system and 53 percent deemed late September the right timing to launch the system.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/23 0:54:43

HK police revise rules to counter fake journalists, a move overdue

Hong Kong police said they will redefine the criteria for “media representatives,” who are allowed to cover incidents with police, and that certificates issued by the Hong Kong Journalists Association and Hong Kong Press Photographers Association are no longer applicable.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/22 18:36:12

Update: HK murder suspect ready to surrender to Taiwan after COVID-19 travel restrictions lifted

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Chan Tong-kai, the Hong Kong man who killed his girlfriend in Taipei and triggered social unrest in HK, is still willing to surrender to Taiwan, and the Hong Kong Special Administration Region (HKSAR) government is willing to offer assistance.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/22 12:58:13

Taiwan's economy, trade break-off from mainland a dream: experts

The Chinese foreign ministry said China will take legitimate countermeasures, including targeting individuals, after US Undersecretary of State Keith Krach ended his visit to the island of Taiwan, adding that the US must bear full responsibility for violating the one-China principle.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/21 22:03:40

PLA minesweepers to break Taiwan sea mines threat

Multiple minesweeper flotillas attached to the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Southern Theater Command and Eastern Theater Command recently held live-fire exercises, honing their capability to effectively and rapidly clear sea lanes from mines, and open passages for other warships and landing forces, amid Taiwan secessionists' attempt to surround the Taiwan Straits with mines.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/21 21:21:36

China vows countermeasures after US Undersecretary of State visited Taiwan

The Chinese foreign ministry said China will take legitimate countermeasures, including targeting relative individuals, after US Undersecretary of State Keith Krach completed his visit to the island of Taiwan on Sunday, adding that the US must bear full responsibility for the outcome.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/21 16:59:24

HK police deny 12 suspects were detained in HK waters

Hong Kong police denied that Shenzhen police had crossed into Hong Kong waters when they detained 12 Hong Kong residents, adding that Hong Kong police will continue to assist the relatives of the suspects.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/21 13:44:41

Cross-Straits exchanges continue amid rising tensions

The ongoing Straits Forum held in the Chinese mainland for cross-Straits people-to-people exchanges showed that the mainland is handling the complicated situation with "two hands" - supporting exchanges and cooperation to serve the concrete benefits of Taiwan compatriots, and increasing military pressure to deter Taiwan separatism and the Trump administration which is increasingly throwing its weight on the Taiwan question, experts said on Sunday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/20 23:03:40