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  • Congress debates refugee status for Hong Kong citizens

    07/01/2020 3:01:42 PM PDT · by Tench_Coxe · 19 replies
    OAN ^ | 07/01/2020 | OAN Newsroom
    House lawmakers have taken the first steps towards providing a refugee status to certain groups of Hong Kong citizens. During a recent Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, congressmen from both major parties condemned China’s new national security law and claimed it will erode the city’s autonomy. “This is a battle between democracy and dictatorship, between liberty and tyranny, between freedom and oppression,” said Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas).
  • Pompeo Calls Hong Kong Law an 'Affront to All Nations' (Freepers are criminals under this law)

    07/01/2020 12:58:57 PM PDT · by ifinnegan · 15 replies
    U.S. News and World Report ^ | July 1, 2020 | By Reuters, Wire Service Content July 1, 2020, at 10:40 a.m.
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday the new security law China has imposed on Hong Kong was an affront to all nations and Washington would continue to implement President Donald Trump's directive to end the territory's special status. Pompeo told a news briefing the United States was deeply concerned about the safety of everyone in Hong Kong and said Article 38 of the law passed on Tuesday purported to apply to offenses committed outside Hong Kong and likely included Americans. "This is outrageous and an affront to all nations," he said.
  • China is breaking Hong Kong treaty with UK, says Boris Johnson

    07/01/2020 12:22:58 PM PDT · by ifinnegan · 24 replies
    Guardian ^ | Jul 1, 2020 | Patrick Wintour
    Boris Johnson denounced China’s imposition of a security law on Hong Kong as a “clear and serious” violation of its treaty with Britain, vowing to introduce a bespoke five-year visa for as many as 2.9 million Hong Kong citizens with British national (overseas) status. --- He said “China has broken its promise to the people of Hong Kong under its own laws. 
China has breached its international obligations to the United Kingdom under the joint declaration.

  • Hong Kong Police Quickly Enforce Beijing’s Security Law As Thousands Protest

    07/01/2020 9:50:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 1, 2020 | y Dan Strumpf, Mike Bird and Joyu Wang
    housands of people took to Hong Kong’s streets to stage the city’s biggest protest in months, and police moved swiftly to enforce Beijing’s mandate to quash dissent with more than 300 arrests—including nine under a new national-security law. With an extensive show of force on Wednesday, officers in riot gear confronted demonstrators who gathered around lunchtime in a busy shopping district and later spread to other areas. Police fired pepper spray and water cannon and hoisted purple banners warning protesters that they could be in violation of the new law.
  • Hong Kong: UK makes citizenship offer to residents; 3 Million Hong Kong Residents to be given chance to settle in UK and ultimately apply for citizenship

    07/01/2020 8:05:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    BBC ^ | 07/01/2020
    Up to three million Hong Kong residents are to be offered the chance to settle in the UK and ultimately apply for citizenship, Boris Johnson has said. The PM said Hong Kong's freedoms were being violated by a new security law and those affected would be offered a "route" out of the former UK colony. About 350,000 UK passport holders, and 2.6 million others eligible, will be able to come to UK for five years. And after a further year, they will be able to apply for citizenship. British National Overseas Passport holders in Hong Kong were granted special status...
  • Hong Kong police arrest more than 300 protesting China's 'birthday gift' of national security law

    07/01/2020 7:59:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07/01/2020 | Scott Murdoch, Yanni Chow
    Beijing unveiled the details of the much-anticipated law late on Tuesday after weeks of uncertainty, pushing China’s freest city and one of the world’s most glittering financial hubs on to a more authoritarian path. As thousands of protesters gathered for an annual rally marking the anniversary of the former British colony’s handover to China in 1997, riot police used pepper spray and fired pellets as they made arrests after crowds spilled into the streets chanting “resist till the end” and “Hong Kong independence”. “I’m scared of going to jail but for justice I have to come out today, I have...
  • US Revokes Hong Kong Special Trading Status, Stops Defense Exports

    06/30/2020 8:39:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 06/30/2020 | Mimi Nguyen Ly
    The Trump administration announced on Monday that it is revoking Hong Kong’s special trading status and stopping its defense equipment exports to Hong Kong, in order to protect U.S. national security amid the passing of Beijing’s national security law for Hong Kong. “With the Chinese Communist Party’s imposition of new security measures on Hong Kong, the risk that sensitive U.S. technology will be diverted to the People’s Liberation Army or Ministry of State Security has increased, all while undermining the territory’s autonomy. Those are risks U.S.A refuses to accept and have resulted in the revocation of Hong Kong’s special status,”...
  • Hong Kong security law: China passes controversial legislation

    06/30/2020 3:56:10 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 30 June 2020 | Stephen McDonell
    China's state news agency, Xinhua, confirmed that President Xi Jinping had now signed the security law... The law could be implemented as early as Wednesday... It comes a day before the 23rd anniversary of the handover from Britain to China - a date usually marked by pro-democracy protests. It will make criminal any act of secession, subversion of the central government, terrorism and collusion with foreign or external forces... Hong Kong's sweeping new security law is a frighteningly open-ended tool to suppress political agitation. Like similar laws on the Chinese mainland it appears that it can be manipulated to meet...
  • China passes controversial Hong Kong security law

    06/29/2020 8:04:35 PM PDT · by Jane Long · 30 replies
    Al Reuters ^ | 6/29/2020 | Clare Jim, Yanni Chow
    HONG KONG (Reuters) - China’s parliament passed national security legislation for Hong Kong on Tuesday, setting the stage for the most radical changes to the former British colony’s way of life since it returned to Chinese rule almost exactly 23 years ago. .... The legislation pushes Beijing further along a collision course with the United States, Britain and other Western governments, which have said it erodes the high degree of autonomy the global financial hub was granted at its July 1, 1997 handover.
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Friday 6/26/2020 Newsdump Friday

    06/26/2020 9:30:38 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 3 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 6/26/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott signing an executive order today shutting down bars in Texas and limiting restaurant capacity...... A federal judge ruling to block restrictions on religious gatherings in New York...... The White House coronavirus task force held it first briefing in weeks today..... Facebook moving to label "potentially harmful posts" following a massive boycott campaign by big business giants..... A gunfight in Mexico City this morning during an assassination attempt on the city's security chief..... "I will never forget how we Pakistanis were embarrassed when the Americans came into Abbottabad and killed Osama Bin Laden, martyred him" Those...
  • Hong Kong clergy face arrest, extradition to China in new national security laws

    06/25/2020 7:54:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/25/2020 | Anugrah Kumar
    A blueprint for a controversial new national security law for Hong Kong, as proposed by China, has caused concerns that the semi-autonomous city’s vocal clergy who have supported the democracy movement could be extradited to and tried in mainland China. The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s rubber-stamp legislature, may formally approve the law, which broadens Beijing’s direct control over Hong Kong and erodes the city’s human rights and freedoms, at a June 28-30 meeting. Submitted last week for deliberation, the draft covers four categories of crimes: succession, subversion of state power, local terrorist activities and collaborating with...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Ex-CNN ‘Reporters’ Now Work For The Chinese Communist Party’s Propaganda Outfit: CGTN

    06/22/2020 3:43:02 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 12 replies
    The National ^ | 6/22/2020 | RAHEEM KASSAM AND NATALIE WINTERS
    China Global Television Network (CGTN) has been identified as a “long-standing weapon in Beijing’s arsenal of repression” whose raison d’ętre is “to attack designated enemies of the Communist Party,” chiefly the U.S. Headquartered in Beijing, funded by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and controlled by the regime’s Publicity Department, the outlet is inundated with anti-U.S. and anti-Trump content. As a result, CGTN was forced to register with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) in 2019. CGTN’s international disinformation campaign – which has resulted in airing forced confessions and deeply biased coverage of Hong Kong protests – aligns with President Xi...
  • Hong Kong’s message from Macau: subservience to the CCP buys only more repression

    06/19/2020 2:42:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Hong Kong Free Press ^ | 06/19/2020 | Jorge Menezes
    The Macau authorities’ hostility to freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and the rule of law is growing by the minute. First, the Municipal Affairs Bureau (IAM) outlawed a series of open-air Tiananmen massacre themed photographic exhibitions planned for June 4 that it had approved the month before. They have been displayed annually over the last 30 years. But IAM changed its mind when someone tapped their shoulder, recalling that autonomy is for the law books only. Then, the police banned a Tiananmen massacre vigil organised by Lawmaker Au Kam Sam in Senado Square – an event which has never...
  • Hong Kong families, fearing a reign of terror, prepare to flee the city

    06/15/2020 1:41:02 PM PDT · by NRx · 25 replies
    WaPo ^ | 06-15-2020 | Rachel Cheung
    HONG KONG — China's Communist Party has haunted Leung's family for generations. Her father, Guo Yao, fled forced labor and the violent purges of the Cultural Revolution for a better life in Hong Kong, where he arrived with his wife in 1973 to find relative freedom and prosperity. Years later, as his family watched the ceremony marking Hong Kong's 1997 handover from Britain to China, his then-teenage daughter had a premonition. “I thought to myself, maybe one day we will have to run away from the Chinese Communist Party again,” said Leung, now 36. “I just didn’t imagine it would...
  • Twitter deletes over 170,000 accounts tied to Chinese propaganda efforts

    06/11/2020 9:04:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/11/20 06:30 PM EDT | Maggie Miller -
    Twitter announced Thursday that it had deleted more than 170,000 accounts tied to a Chinese state-linked operation that were spreading deceptive information around the COVID-19 virus, political dynamics in Hong Kong, and other issues. Almost 25,000 of the accounts that were deleted formed what Twitter described as the “core network,” while around 150,000 accounts were amplifying messages from the core groups. Twitter noted that the accounts taken down this week were tied to a Chinese state-backed operation last year that attempted to sow political discord in Hong Kong. Those accounts were also taken down. According to an analysis of the...
  • China Is Stoking Racial Tensions in America

    06/10/2020 1:22:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 06/10/2020 | Gordon Chang
    can't breathe." That was the reply on Saturday of Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying to her American counterpart, Morgan Ortagus, who had criticized Beijing over its moves to end Hong Kong's autonomy. Since Friday, when President Donald Trump announced measures targeting China over Hong Kong and other matters, Beijing has waged a ferocious disinformation campaign against the United States. The campaign is clearly a result of Beijing's new hardline approach to the world, and is possibly a sign that Chinese policymakers have run out of feasible options. In any case, relations between Washington and Beijing are about to become...
  • Foreign Propagandists Exploit U.S. Unrest

    06/07/2020 10:16:35 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 6 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | JUNE 7, 2020 5:00 AM | Yuichiro Kakutani
    China compares Hong Kong activists to U.S. looters, as ex-Iran prez quotes Tupac Foreign propagandists are exploiting the death of George Floyd to question the legitimacy of the U.S. political system and deflect concerns about their own human rights abuses. China, Russia, Iran, and other authoritarian regimes have offered wall-to-wall coverage of the Floyd protests and ensuing riots on their propaganda outlets, using the unrest to paint democratic systems as prone to turmoil. The propagandists—as well as top-level government officials—have also exploited the Floyd protests to smear specific pro-democracy or anti-regime movements within their own countries, associating the movements with...
  • June 4: A Reminder that Some Wars Never End

    06/06/2020 2:33:54 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 5 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | June 5, 2020 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    In the mid-19th century, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels popularized a new slant on utopian mob rule. There had been mob rule before – the rivers of blood in 1890s Paris predated Marxism by half a century – but what Marx and Engels popularized was a theory of permanence and universality. They imagined a global linkage between all the desperate, violent, bloody moments of history, and told their acolytes that their own individual quests to become commissars of their own towns were part of something bigger. Even if they lost, they were part of the march of history toward worldwide...
  • China revels in US protests, sees unrest as PR opportunity

    06/06/2020 2:39:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    France24 ^ | June 6, 2020
    The unrest in the US over George Floyd’s death in custody has been seized by China and renewed discourse on “the end of the American era”. But Hong Kong’s defiant demonstration this week suggests Washington’s fall may not be Beijing’s gain. The scenes unfolding on US streets this week, with federal and local law enforcement officers viciously cracking down on anti-racism protesters, have been particularly distressing for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy activists. The nightly unrest on the streets of several US cities, fueled by heavy-handed security responses, has drawn condemnations from across the world, including the European Union and the UN’s...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Friday 6/5/2020 Newsdump Friday

    06/05/2020 9:57:28 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 7 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 6/5/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    A positive sign for the US economy today with the unemployment rate dropping to 13.3 percent last month, an improvement from April's 14.7... The Mayor of Washngton DC, Democrat Muriel Bowser, renaming the plaza near the White House "Black Lives Matter Plaza" with the name "Black Lives Matter" spelled out in large yellow letters on the street there. Her move not looked upon positively by the "Black Lives Matter" organization which said her move was: "a performative distraction from real policy changes" and "a way to appease white liberals while ignoring our demands"...... Questions being asked about the federal law...