China

Hong Kong MTR train derails during morning peak hour, three injured

For the first time in four decades, a Mass Transit Railway (MTR) train went off its tracks during morning rush hour, which led to the partial suspension of the East Rail line in Hong Kong. South China Morning Post reported rail operator MTR Corporation as saying today (17 Sep) that it has suspended services between Mong Kok East and Hung Hom …

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Hong Kong police reject accusations of double standards against pro-democracy protestors, bias towards pro-Beijing gangs

by Yan ZHAO and Jerome TAYLOR Hong Kong police on Monday (16 Sep) denied accusations their officers showed comparative lenience towards gangs of pro-Beijing men who attacked pro-democracy supporters during a weekend marked by multiple bloody street brawls. The once stable international hub has been convulsed by weeks of huge, sometimes violent rallies calling for greater democratic freedoms and police …

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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam set to announce withdrawal of extradition Bill

After almost three months of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, Chief Executive Carrie Lam is reportedly due to announce the withdrawal of the government’s controversial extradition Bill. A government source told South China Morning Post reported Wed (4 Sep) that Lam’s decision to withdraw the Bill was to “streamline the legislative agenda” ahead of the reopening of the Legislative Council (LegCo) …

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China’s alleged state-sponsored disinformation operations not a recent phenomenon, methods previously used on political elite and dissidents: Australian Strategic Policy Institute

China’s alleged state-sponsored disinformation operations are not a recent phenomenon that only arose from the rapid growth of the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests – they have reportedly been part of Beijing’s modus operandi in controlling the narrative against its political dissidents. A recent report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) revealed that there is “evidence” to suggest that fake accounts, …

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Hong Kong Investment Promotion chief visits Singapore to promote Hong Kong’s long-term business opportunities

On Monday (2 Sep), the Director-General of Investment Promotion of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mr Stephen Phillips, began his ambassadorial visit to Singapore as part of Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK)’s latest efforts to promote Hong Kong’s business attractions. During the course of his visit, Mr Phillips will be meeting with leaders from various companies that have plans to …

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CNA accused of misreporting Carrie Lam’s statement on setting up independent task force

One of Singapore’s mainstream multimedia platform CNA was accused of misreporting Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s statement regarding setting up an “independent task force to investigate police violence” against anti-extradition Bill protestors in Hong Kong, as seen in a video posted on Tue (20 Aug). The Guardian reported Lam as saying, on the same day the CNA video was published, …

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Taiwanese legislator praises former Cathay Pacific CEO as ‘true warrior’ for refusing to betray his employees to China’s CCP

Taiwanese Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Wang Ting-yu joined Hong Kong protesters in praising former Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg for taking a stand and protecting his employees at the expense of his own job. Taiwan News reported Hong Kong local media saying that authorities in China had asked Mr Hogg to give them a list of his employees who had …

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10-year-old Japanese girl interviews Hong Kong airport protesters

Intrigued by the ongoing protests against the extradition Bill in Hong Kong, a 10-year-old Japanese girl went on a field trip to the city to learn firsthand the reasons behind the demonstrations. Shimazu Chika, who is in primary four, travelled to Hong Kong on Wed (14 Aug) with her father to interview the protesters, as she believes that a dialogue …

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Disneyland Shanghai sued over ‘double standards’

A Chinese student is suing American giant Disney alleging double standards because the company bans visitors to its Asian theme parks from taking their own food. The lawsuit against Shanghai Disneyland takes the entertainment company to task because the same strictures do not apply in its US or European parks. The legal action, which has sparked widespread support on social …

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