Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Hong Kong pro-independence leader Andy Chan defies Beijing to speak at Foreign Correspondents’ Club

Hong Kong pro-independence leader Andy Chan defies Beijing to speak at Foreign Correspondents’ Club

The leader of a party advocating Hong Kong independence is set to deliver his long-awaited speech at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club on Tuesday afternoon despite Beijing’s objection and as pro-establishment protesters gathered outside. Andy Chan Ho-tin, the convenor of the Hong Kong National Party, arrived at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC) in Central more than…
China lets Swedish doctor see detained bookseller Gui Minhai eight months after he was arrested in Beijing

China lets Swedish doctor see detained bookseller Gui Minhai eight months after he was...

China has allowed a Swedish doctor to examine publisher Gui Minhai, a Chinese-born Swede who vanished into Chinese custody in January in murky circumstances for a second time, Sweden said on Monday. “Swedish medical personnel have on Monday, August 13, been able to carry out a visit with detained Swedish citizen Gui Minhai. This is…
Hong Kong’s anti-corruption agency the ICAC finally appoints a new No 2 in Ricky Yau

Hong Kong’s anti-corruption agency the ICAC finally appoints a new No 2 in Ricky...

Hong Kong’s corruption watchdog formally appointed its top investigator on Monday, elevating Ricky Yau Shu-chun to head of operations. The 53-year-old will also be deputy commissioner at the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), the body’s No 2. He had been doing the job in an acting capacity for two years. Last month, Chief Executive Carrie…
Why does the Hong Kong National Party rile Beijing so much, and just who is Andy Chan Ho-tin?

Why does the Hong Kong National Party rile Beijing so much, and just who...

Long before he was caught in the political maelstrom of the moment, Andy Chan Ho-tin spent his Saturdays trying to outdo the singing aunties of Mong Kok. But the young graduate was jostling with the boisterous buskers in the area’s famous pedestrian zone to the beat of his own ideological drum. If the aunties were…
Maria Tam denies Beijing intervened in Hong Kong separatist’s FCC speech, saying ‘there is zero tolerance for Hong Kong independence’

Maria Tam denies Beijing intervened in Hong Kong separatist’s FCC speech, saying ‘there is...

Beijing “did not intervene” in the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club’s plan to host a talk by separatist party leader Andy Chan Ho-tin, pro-establishment camp heavyweight Maria Tam Wai-chu said on Sunday. Tam, now the vice-chairwoman of the Basic Law Committee, brushed aside accusations that Beijing was undermining freedom of speech in the city, and…
MTR set to disclose subsidence data for all Sha Tin-Central stations, lawmaker claims

MTR set to disclose subsidence data for all Sha Tin-Central stations, lawmaker claims

Hong Kong’s troubled rail operator has promised to disclose subsidence data related to all 10 stations on the HK$97.1 billion Sha Tin-Central rail link project, pro-establishment lawmaker Michael Tien Puk-sun claimed on Sunday. This came as an engineering expert warned such data could affect property prices near MTR stations and should be handled carefully. Tien,…
‘Baffling’ discrepancies found in population estimates for 2015 Hong Kong district council elections

‘Baffling’ discrepancies found in population estimates for 2015 Hong Kong district council elections

Election authorities severely undercounted populations by as much as 36 per cent in the 2015 district council elections compared with what census data showed, raising concerns that smaller constituencies – presumably easier for the opposition to win – would be merged and “wiped off the map”. The differences in numbers found by the Post sparked…
Why redrawing map for Hong Kong district council elections is a bigger deal for opposition camp

Why redrawing map for Hong Kong district council elections is a bigger deal for...

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy politicians are crying foul over proposals to redraw the boundaries of more than a quarter of the seats for coming district council elections, believing they will be adversely hit – and a political scientist says they have a point. Stan Wong Hok-wui, associate professor in Polytechnic University’s department of applied social studies,…
Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee’s Taiwan shop deal fell through after investor ‘warned by Chinese agents’

Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee’s Taiwan shop deal fell through after investor ‘warned by...

The wife of a Hong Kong investor behind bookseller Lam Wing-kee’s plan to set up a shop in Taiwan bore the brunt of threats from mainland Chinese authorities, leading to the venture’s failure, according to another partner. The latest details were revealed by Lam’s partner from the self-ruled island. Last month, Lam, who claimed he…
Brace yourselves for Britain’s Trump as the next prime minister

Brace yourselves for Britain’s Trump as the next prime minister

Just when you were beginning to wonder if you’d heard the last of Boris Johnson’s buffoonery, Britain’s national clown is back with a bang. After a sabbatical of several weeks following his melodramatic resignation as foreign secretary over Prime Minister Theresa May’s soft Brexit plan, he’s now causing a conniption by deliberately trolling his country’s…
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