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What could losing US 'special status' mean for Hong Kong?

Fpo - Washington's declaration this week that Hong Kong is no longer sufficiently autonomous from China was a historic moment with potentially far-reaching consequences for the finance hub -- though much depends on President Donald Trump.

Trump strips Hong Kong privileges, curbs students in volley on China

Washington - President Donald Trump said Friday he would strip several of Hong Kong's special privileges with the United States and bar some Chinese students from US universities in anger over Beijing's bid to exert control in the financial hub.

China slams 'senseless' US move at UN over Hong Kong

Bejing - China accused the US of taking the UN hostage on Friday over a controversial security law for Hong Kong and warned Western nations to stay out of its internal affairs.

US vs China: facing off on many fronts

Bejing - The US-China relationship –- seen by many as the defining global power dynamic of the 21st century -– is no stranger to confrontation and discord, but rarely has their rivalry played out on so many critical fronts as it is now.

China approves plan to impose Hong Kong security law

Bejing - China's parliament approved plans Thursday to impose a security law on Hong Kong that has ratcheted up tensions with the US and sparked new protests over fears the city is losing its special freedoms.

China parliament adopts plan to impose security law on Hong Kong

Bejing - China's rubber-stamp parliament endorsed plans Thursday to impose a national security law on Hong Kong that critics say will destroy the city’s autonomy.

Taiwan leader vows 'action plan' for Hong Kong protesters

Taipei - Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday pledged a humanitarian "action plan" for Hong Kongers pushing for democracy in the financial hub as an influx of activists seek sanctuary on the self-ruled democratic island.

US revokes Hong Kong special status as furor grows on China law

Washington - The United States on Wednesday revoked Hong Kong's special status under US law, opening the way to strip trading privileges for the financial hub as Washington accused China of trampling on the territory's autonomy.

Macau casino tycoon Stanley Ho dies aged 98

Fpo - Stanley Ho, the Hong Kong-born tycoon who made billions transforming neighbouring Macau from a sleepy Portuguese outpost into the world's biggest gambling hub, died on Tuesday at the age of 98, his family said.

Hong Kong police embrace China's security law plan

Fpo - Hong Kong's security chief on Monday welcomed China's plans to impose a national security law on the financial hub, saying it was needed to defeat "terrorism" and calls for independence.

US aide renews warning on China's proposed law for Hong Kong

Washington - A top White House aide renewed a warning on Sunday that the US might revoke Hong Kong's special trading privileges if China enacts a tough new security law covering the territory.

Thousands protest in Hong Kong over China security law proposal

Fpo - Police fired tear gas and water cannon at thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters who gathered Sunday against a controversial security law proposed by China, in the most intense clashes for months.

Hong Kong activists plan new protests over proposed security law

Fpo - Hong Kong's pro-democracy campaigners called for fresh protests on Sunday, their first test after China sparked outrage with a proposed new security law that many fear will spell the end of the city's treasured freedoms.

Hong Kong security law could mean 'joint' probes with mainland: parliament adviser

Bejing - Mainland Chinese authorities could join Hong Kong police to investigate criminal suspects under a planned security law, a city politician said Saturday, in comments likely to further enrage campaigners fearing the end of the financial hub's treasured a...

US says security law a 'death knell' for Hong Kong autonomy

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday slammed Beijing over a proposed new security law for Hong Kong and warned that the semi-autonomous territory could lose its special trading privileges.

Outrage in Hong Kong as China pushes security law

Fpo - Pro-democracy campaigners in Hong Kong vowed Friday to take to the streets in protest over what they said was China's fiercest assault on the city's treasured autonomy with its move to impose a security law.

'This is the end of Hong Kong': China pushes security law after unrest

Bejing - China's parliament said it will introduce a proposal Friday for a national security law in Hong Kong at its annual session, in a move the US warned would be "highly destabilising" for the financial hub.

Hong Kong activists charged as clashes erupt in legislature

Fpo - Hong Kong's political crisis returned to centre stage on Monday as clashes erupted in the legislature and a group of prominent pro-democracy activists were charged for taking part in last year's huge protests.

Anthem bill sparks new clashes in Hong Kong legislature

Fpo - Clashes broke out in Hong Kong's legislature for the second time this month on Monday as the city's pro-democracy camp tried to scupper a controversial law that bans insulting China's national anthem.

Hamster tests show masks reduce coronavirus spread: scientists

Fpo - Tests on hamsters reveal the widespread use of facemasks reduces transmission of the deadly coronavirus, a team of leading experts in Hong Kong said Sunday.

Hong Kong police watchdog clears force over protest response

Fpo - Hong Kong's police watchdog Friday exonerated officers for their handling of violent democracy protests last year, concluding that public anger towards the city's force was the result of online smear campaigns.

Hong Kong police watchdog clears force over protest response

Fpo - Hong Kong's police watchdog Friday exonerated officers for their handling of violent democracy protests last year, concluding that public anger towards the city's force was the result of online smear campaigns.

Hong Kong history exam questions sparks China rebuke

Fpo - A history exam question asking Hong Kong students to assess colonial Japan's occupation of China sparked a rebuke by Beijing on Friday and reignited a row over academic freedoms in the semi-autonomous city.

Two new infections end Hong Kong's 24-day virus clean sheet

Fpo - Two people in Hong Kong tested positive for coronavirus, officials said Wednesday, ending a 24-day run of no new local cases that saw the city begin to ease social distancing regulations.

Hong Kong police seek gang-rape accuser's arrest

Fpo - Hong Kong police are looking to arrest a teenager for allegedly giving false testimony after she accused officers of gang-raping her in custody, a move the woman described Wednesday as an attempt to discredit her.

230 arrested in Hong Kong's first major protests since virus began

Fpo - Hong Kong police arrested hundreds of people during weekend democracy protests -- including a 12-year-old boy -- officials said Monday, in the first major political unrest since the coronavirus outbreak began.

Riot police chase Hong Kong Mother's Day protesters

Fpo - Riot police chased protesters through Hong Kong's shopping malls and streets on Sunday as democracy activists launched Mother's Day flash mob rallies calling for independence and for the city's unpopular leader to resign.

Rival camps clash in chaotic Hong Kong legislature

Fpo - Rival Hong Kong lawmakers clashed Friday inside the city's legislature which has been paralysed for seven months as pro-democracy politicians attempt to scupper a controversial law that bans insulting China's national anthem.

US delays Hong Kong report that could upset China

Washington - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday postponed a report on whether China is respecting the autonomy of restive Hong Kong as required under a new law that infuriated Beijing.

China warns Hong Kong protesters against 'stirring up trouble'

Bejing - China warned Hong Kong protesters Wednesday it would not tolerate them "stirring up trouble again" in the semi-autonomous territory that was rocked by months of pro-democracy demonstrations last year.
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