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China Retaliates for America's New Hong Kong Law

US military visits to Hong Kong banned

(Newser) - China said Monday it will suspend US Navy visits to Hong Kong and sanction several American pro-democracy organizations in retaliation for the signing into law of legislation supporting human rights in the semi-autonomous territory. While the nature of the sanctions remained unclear, the move appeared to back up Chinese threats... More »

China Furious After Trump Signs 2 Hong Kong Bills

Beijing threatens 'countermeasures' for 'evil' laws

(Newser) - Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong held a rally Thursday night to thank President Trump for signing two bills supporting human rights in the territory —but the central government in Beijing was furious. China's Foreign Ministry accused the US of backing "violent criminals" and warned that "countermeasures"... More »

Trump Signs a Bill That Might Upset China

The president supports pro-democracy activists

(Newser) - President Trump on Wednesday signed two bills aimed at supporting human rights and pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, the AP reports. Trump signed the bills, which were approved by near unanimous consent in the House and Senate, even as he expressed some concerns about complicating the effort to work out... More »

In Hong Kong Election, a 'Big Slap in the Face'

Pro-democracy candidates win big in 'political message to the government,' China

(Newser) - On Sunday, about 75% of eligible voters turned up to cast ballots in the Hong Kong election—per the BBC , nearly 3 million people came out, compared to 1.4 million in 2015—and by the time voting was over, anti-government advocates were celebrating a big win. Reuters reports pro-democracy... More »

Hong Kong Election Has Already Broken a Record

And pro-democracy candidates are surging

(Newser) - Partial returns show that pro-democracy candidates won nearly half of the seats in Hong Kong's local elections as voters sent a clear signal of support for the anti-government protests that rocked the Chinese territory for more than five months, the AP reports. A record 71% of the city's... More »

Trump: I Stopped China From Attacking Hong Kong

'We have to stand with Hong Kong, but I’m also standing with President Xi. He’s a friend of mine'

(Newser) - President Trump didn't just talk about impeachment in his long phone-in to Fox & Friends Friday morning. He also touched on the unrest in Hong Kong , with some surprising statements. "If it weren't for me, Hong Kong would've been obliterated in 14 minutes," Trump said,... More »

Ex-UK Consulate Staffer Says He Was Tortured in China

Simon Cheng says interrogators demanded information on Hong Kong protests

(Newser) - A former employee of the British Consulate in Hong Kong says he was detained and tortured by Chinese secret police trying to extract information about massive anti-government protests in the territory. Simon Cheng said in an online statement and media interviews that he was hooded, beaten, deprived of sleep, and... More »

China Threatens to Retaliate After Senate Passes Hong Kong Bill

Measures supports human rights in territory

(Newser) - The Senate on Tuesday easily approved a bill to support human rights in Hong Kong following months of often-violent unrest in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act was passed by voice vote. It now goes to the House, which has already passed similar legislation.... More »

Things Get Ugly in Hong Kong

Riot officers break into university held by protesters as fires rage

(Newser) - Hong Kong police using tear gas and rubber bullets fought off protesters Monday as they tried to break through a police cordon that is trapping hundreds of them on a university campus. Protesters advanced on the police from outside the cordon, while others emerged from the campus, their trademark umbrellas... More »

Hong Kong Protesters Now Have Arrows, Catapults

Cop shot in the leg with an arrow amid ongoing tensions

(Newser) - A Hong Kong police officer was hit in the leg by an arrow Sunday as authorities used tear gas and water cannons to try to drive back protesters occupying a university campus and blocking a major road tunnel under the city’s harbor. Police said the arrow struck a media... More »

China Troops Emerge in Hong Kong—With Brooms

Much-anticipated moment wasn't so scary after all

(Newser) - Chinese troops came out of the barracks in Hong Kong on Saturday—not to quell protests but to help clean up, the AP reports. It was a rare public appearance by the People’s Liberation Army on the streets of the semiautonomous territory, where the local government’s inability to... More »

Beijing to Hong Kong: 'Use Every Necessary Measure' to End Unrest

Government told to 'restore order as soon as possible'

(Newser) - Beijing has urged Hong Kong authorities to crack down even more harshly on pro-democracy demonstrators, raising fears that the mainland is preparing to intervene after more than five months of protests. Beijing's liaison office in the territory issued a statement late Tuesday calling for the government to adopt "... More »

Hong Kong Police Shoot Protester Amid Day of Chaos

Man set on fire after clash with protesters

(Newser) - Protesters in Hong Kong called a general strike Monday and things turned ugly fast. In an incident just before 8am, a 21-year-old man was shot in the stomach at point-blank range after police clashed with protesters who had been trying to block an intersection. After the shooting, which was captured... More »

After HK Student's Death, Pro-Democracy Lawmakers Arrested

Protesters say arrests were intentionally made to provoke more violence

(Newser) - Police in Hong Kong said Saturday they arrested and charged six pro-democracy lawmakers, a move that could escalate public fury a day after the death of a university student linked to months of anti-government protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Protesters vented their anger over Chow Tsz-Lok's death and... More »

Protests Erupt After Hong Kong Student Dies

22-year-old fell after police fired tear gas

(Newser) - Protests erupted around Hong Kong Friday after the death of a 22-year-old student who had been in a coma since early Monday, when he fell from a parking garage during clashes between police and protesters. Alex Chow's classmates at the University of Science and Technology called for an investigation... More »

Pro-Beijing Lawmaker Stabbed in Hong Kong

Junius Ho was linked to subway attack

(Newser) - An anti-government supporter stabbed and wounded a pro-Beijing Hong Kong lawmaker who was campaigning for local elections Wednesday, police said, marking another escalation in five months of protests demanding political reforms in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. The government condemned the attack against Junius Ho and said police arrested the assailant,... More »

Knife-Wielding Guy Badly Beaten in Hong Kong

He also bit the ear of district counselor Andrew Chiu

(Newser) - A knife-wielding man slashed several people and bit off part of the ear of a pro-democracy politician in Hong Kong on Sunday, as riot police stormed several malls to thwart protesters who have been demanding government reforms for nearly five months, the AP reports. The bloody attack erupted outside one... More »

On Halloween, Hong Kong Protesters Tested Mask Ban

Police fired tear gas in nightlife district

(Newser) - Police and protesters engaged in a standoff in Hong Kong's nightlife district on Thursday after pro-democracy demonstrators urged people to celebrate Halloween by wearing masks in defiance of a government ban on face coverings. Riot police pushed people back slowly from the Lan Kwai Fong area of bars, clubs,... More »

Activist Banned From Running in Hong Kong Election

Carrie Lam rules out political solution to crisis

(Newser) - Hong Kong authorities disqualified high-profile pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong from upcoming local council elections, in the latest sign of deepening division in the territory wracked by months of protests. A returning officer notified Wong that his nomination as a candidate in next month's elections was ruled invalid, according to... More »

In Hong Kong, Another Form of Protest Emerges

Anti-government protesters show their support with tattoos

(Newser) - Mike Chan's tattoo needle buzzes gently as he draws a design on his customer's thigh—a figure wearing a helmet, goggles, and mask. Dipping his needle into black, red, and yellow ink, Chan hunches over his client's leg as he painstakingly brings to life the image of... More »

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