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China passes national security law in turning point for Hong Kong

China passes national security law in turning point for Hong Kong

United States HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s parliament passed national security legislation for Hong Kong on Tuesday, setting the stage for the most radical changes to the former British colony’s way of life since it returned to Chinese rule 23 years ago. State media is expected to publish details of the law - which comes in response to last year’s often-violent pro-democracy protests in the city and aims to tackle subversion, terrorism, separatism and collusion with foreign forces - later on Tuesday. Amid fears the legislation will crush the global financial hub’s freedoms, and...

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Hong Kong chief says opponents of security law are 'enemy of the people'

Hong Kong chief says opponents of security law are 'enemy of the people'

United Kingdom HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday urged opponents of Beijing’s plan to impose national security legislation in the financial hub to stop “smearing” the effort, saying those who did were “the enemy of the people”. Beijing last month announced a plan to introduce legislation in Hong Kong to tackle secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference and which could see Chinese security agencies set up bases in the city. Critics see the law as the most serious threat to a “one country, two systems” formula, agreed when the former British colony...

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HK residents rush for offshore bank accounts on China law worries: sources

HK residents rush for offshore bank accounts on China law worries: sources

United States HONG KONG (Reuters) - Banks including HSBC, Standard Chartered and Citigroup have seen a spike in enquiries from Hong Kong residents about opening offshore accounts amid concerns stemming from China’s decision to impose a national security law on the city, five people said. HSBC () and Standard Chartered () have each seen a 25-30% jump in enquiries, two of the people said. All five have direct knowledge about the rise in interest but did not want to be named as they were not authorized to speak to media. The queries add to concerns about capital flight from the Asian financial...

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Hong Kong leader calls out 'double standards' on national security, points to U.S

Hong Kong leader calls out 'double standards' on national security, points to U.S

United Kingdom HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam accused foreign governments on Tuesday of “double standards” in their reaction to Beijing’s plans to impose national security laws on the city, pointing to anti-police brutality protests in the United States. In her first public appearance after Washington said it will remove Hong Kong’s preferential treatment in U.S. law in response to Beijing’s plans, Lam warned countries threatening actions against the city that they may hurt their own interests. “They are very concerned about their own national security, but on our...

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Hong Kong police issue warning amid calls for new demonstrations

Hong Kong police issue warning amid calls for new demonstrations

United States HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong police issued a warning late on Tuesday that they would not tolerate disruptions to public order, after activists circulated calls online for fresh demonstrations on Wednesday. A new national security law proposed last week by Beijing has revived mass protests by demonstrators who say China aims to curb the freedoms enjoyed in Hong Kong, a global financial centre with broad autonomy. Thousands of protesters clashed with police on Sunday in the first big demonstrations since a wave of violent protests last year. Financial markets have been...

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China's planned security agencies for Hong Kong a 'death knell' for autonomy: Pompeo

China's planned security agencies for Hong Kong a 'death knell' for autonomy: Pompeo

United States HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese plans to impose national security laws on Hong Kong could see mainland intelligence agencies set up bases there, raising fears of direct law enforcement and what the United States branded a “death knell” for the city’s autonomy. Communist Party rulers in Beijing on Friday unveiled details of the legislation that critics see as a turning point for the former British colony, which enjoys many freedoms, including an independent legal system and right to protest, not allowed on the mainland. Pro-democracy activists and politicians have for years...

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China's planned security agencies for Hong Kong a 'death knell' for autonomy: Pompeo

China's planned security agencies for Hong Kong a 'death knell' for autonomy: Pompeo

United States HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese plans to impose national security laws on Hong Kong could see mainland intelligence agencies set up bases there, raising fears of direct law enforcement and what the United States branded a “death knell” for the city’s autonomy. Communist Party rulers in Beijing on Friday unveiled details of the legislation that critics see as a turning point for the former British colony, which enjoys many freedoms, including an independent legal system and right to protest, not allowed on the mainland. Pro-democracy activists and politicians have for years...

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China's plans for security agencies in Hong Kong will 'silence city', activists say

China's plans for security agencies in Hong Kong will 'silence city', activists say

United States HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Chinese proposal to impose national security laws on Hong Kong could see mainland intelligence agencies set up bases there, raising fears of direct law enforcement and what U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called a “death knell” for the city’s autonomy. Communist Party rulers in Beijing unveiled details on Friday, a day after proposing the legislation that critics see as a turning point for China’s most free-wheeling city. Pro-democracy activists and politicians in the former British colony have for years opposed such legislation, arguing it could...

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Activists call for Hong Kong to rise up against new security laws

Activists call for Hong Kong to rise up against new security laws

United Kingdom HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong activists called on Friday for people to rise up against Beijing’s plans to impose national security legislation in the city, prompting alarm that the new laws could erode its freedoms through “force and fear”. A proposed march at noon in the central financial district did not materialise after online calls were heeded only by a handful of activists and as riot police made their presence visible on the streets. But new calls have emerged for flash mobs at night across the territory and activists including Joshua Wong plan to meet the press to...

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May 22
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