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Exclusive: Hong Kong tells foreign governments to stop accepting special British passport

Exclusive: Hong Kong tells foreign governments to stop accepting special British passport

By , HONG KONG (Reuters) - The Hong Kong government has told some foreign consulates to stop accepting a British travel document that many of its young people use to apply for working holiday visas in Europe, North America and parts of Asia, diplomats say.In a move seen by some envoys as a diplomatic affront, the government informed about a dozen foreign consulates in a letter that it no longer considered the British National Overseas (BNO) passport a valid travel document as of Jan. 31.The letter, seen by Reuters, demanded that its Hong Kong passport should be used instead.A diplomatic row...

Mar 25
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Consulates in Hong Kong refused access to dual nationals needing assistance: Canada

Consulates in Hong Kong refused access to dual nationals needing assistance: Canada

By , HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong has denied access to foreign consulates seeking to provide assistance to detained dual nationals in the global financial hub, the Canadian foreign ministry said on Wednesday.Semi-autonomous Hong Kong has traditionally accepted dual nationals unlike its Chinese sovereign, but it has the right to deny consular access under treaties signed when the former British colony returned to China in 1997.Five diplomats say, however, that consular access to dual nationals had largely been granted by local authorities since Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule more than...

Feb 4
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Special Report: Nuns arrested as Beijing turns up heat on Church in Hong Kong

Special Report: Nuns arrested as Beijing turns up heat on Church in Hong Kong

By HONG KONG (Reuters) - In a high-walled Art Deco villa in the Hong Kong suburbs of Kowloon, the Vatican operates an unofficial diplomatic mission, its only political outpost of any kind in China.The mission keeps such a low profile that it isn’t listed in the Roman Catholic Church’s formal directory of every priest and property in the city. The two monsignors who staff the outpost have no formal standing with Beijing or the Hong Kong government, and they don’t conduct official work, not even meeting Hong Kong officials. The tenuous foothold is a sign of the delicate position in China of...

Dec 30
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Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under security law, bearing out 'worst fears'

Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under security law, bearing out 'worst fears'

United States HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai became the highest-profile person arrested under a new national security law on Monday, detained over suspected collusion with foreign forces as around 200 police searched the offices of his Apple Daily newspaper. Lai, 71, has been one of the most prominent democracy activists in the Chinese-ruled city and an ardent critic of Beijing, which imposed the sweeping new law on Hong Kong on June 30, drawing condemnation from Western countries. His arrest comes amid Beijing’s crackdown against pro-democracy opposition in the city...

August 10, 2020
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China's security law upends freewheeling Hong Kong's legal landscape

China's security law upends freewheeling Hong Kong's legal landscape

United States HONG KONG (Reuters) - Leading Hong Kong lawyers are warning of a stark new era of mainland justice as they digest the full impact of China’s new national security law imposed directly by Communist Party leaders in Beijing. The possibility of Chinese agents whisking suspects to the mainland for trial and prison - a prospect effectively blocked last year amid large-scale protests against an extradition plan - is one of several changes that is alarming some in the legal, business and diplomatic communities. The previously secret law for Hong Kong took immediate effect when it was...

July 1, 2020
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Hong Kong lawyers alarmed at plans for judges in national security trials

Hong Kong lawyers alarmed at plans for judges in national security trials

United States HONG KONG (Reuters) - Senior Hong Kong lawyers expressed alarm on Sunday at plans for the city’s leader to select judges for national security cases, calling it the most serious challenge to the territory’s vaunted judicial independence since the 1997 handover to Chinese rule. The move was among details of a new national security law for Hong Kong released by the official Xinhua news agency on Saturday - legislation that is expected to be passed soon by the standing committee of China’s parliament, the National People’s Congress. As well as heading a new local national...

June 21, 2020
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Hong Kong Leader Says She Would 'Quit' if She Could, Fears Her Ability to Resolve Crisis Now 'Very Limited'

Hong Kong Leader Says She Would 'Quit' if She Could, Fears Her Ability to Resolve Crisis Now 'Very Limited'

Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said she has caused “unforgivable havoc” by igniting the political crisis engulfing the city and would quit if she had a choice, according to an audio recording of remarks she made last week to a group of businesspeople. At the closed-door meeting, Lam told the group that she now has “very limited” room to resolve the crisis because the unrest has become a national security and sovereignty issue for China amid rising tensions with the United States. “If I have a choice,” she said, speaking in English, “the first thing is to quit, having made a deep...

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September 2, 2019
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China has quietly doubled troop levels in Hong Kong, envoys say

China has quietly doubled troop levels in Hong Kong, envoys say

Last month, Beijing moved thousands of troops across the border into this restive city. They came in on trucks and armored cars, by bus and by ship. The state news agency Xinhua described the operation as a routine “rotation” of the low-key force China has kept in Hong Kong since the city’s handover from Britain in 1997. No mention was made of the anti-government protests that have been shaking the metropolis since June. It was a plausible report: China has maintained a steady level of force in the territory for years, regularly swapping troops in and out. And days earlier, according to...

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September 30, 2019
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Special Report: Hong Kong judges battle Beijing over rule of law as pandemic chills protests

Special Report: Hong Kong judges battle Beijing over rule of law as pandemic chills protests

United States HONG KONG (Reuters) - The independence of Hong Kong’s judicial system is under assault from the Communist Party leadership in Beijing, senior judges in the city told Reuters, posing the gravest threat to the rule of law since Britain handed its former colony back to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. Even as the novel coronavirus has brought the protests in Hong Kong to a near standstill, the struggle rages on over the future of China’s freest city. Three of Hong Kong’s most senior judges told Reuters that the independent judiciary, the cornerstone of the city’s broad freedoms, is...

April 14, 2020
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Hong Kong: American firms awake to 'sad day' as Trump vows to curb economic ties

Hong Kong: American firms awake to 'sad day' as Trump vows to curb economic ties

US firms in Hong Kong worried as Trump vows to curb economic tiescloseAdvertisementBy Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeHong Kong: The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong said Saturday was "a sad day" for the global financial centre, hours after US President Donald Trump moved toward stripping the city of its special treatment in a bid to punish China.In some of his toughest rhetoric yet, Trump said Beijing had broken its word over Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy by proposing new national security legislation and the territory no longer warranted US economic...

May 30, 2020
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