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Hong Kong protests: Leader Carrie Lam defiant on extradition plan

10 June 2019 Hundreds of thousands of people joined the march   Critics say the plan will erode the city’s judicial independence Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has said she will not scrap a controversial plan to allow extradition to mainland China, despite mass protests. On Sunday, hundreds of thousands of people rallied against the bill which critics fear allows China to target political opponents in the region. Speaking to reporters on Monday, she insisted the law was necessary and […]

State Department preparing for clash of civilizations with China

By Joel Gehrke        April 30, 2019 12:00 AM Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s team is developing a strategy for China based on the idea of “a fight with a really different civilization” for the first time in American history. “This is a fight with a really different civilization and a different ideology and the United States hasn’t had that before,” Kiron Skinner, the director of policy planning at the State Department, said Monday evening at a security forum in Washington, D.C. […]

Hong Kong: Thousands protest against China extradition law

Protesters carried yellow umbrellas, reviving the symbol of the 2014 pro-democracy demonstrations Thousands of people protested in Hong Kong on Sunday over a proposed law change that would allow suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial. Officials say they need to amend the law before July so that they can extradite a murder suspect to Taiwan. Demonstrators – some marching with umbrellas – fear Beijing is trying to exert more power over the territory. Police estimate that about […]

Leica China video sparks backlash over Tiananmen Square image

19 April 2019   This year marks the 30th anniversary of the pro-democracy protests   A promotional video for camera company Leica has sparked backlash in China for featuring a famous Tiananmen Square image. The video depicts photographers working in conflicts around the world, including a photographer covering the 1989 protests. People on Chinese social media site Weibo have called for a boycott of the camera brand. Leica has distanced itself from the video. “Tank Man” was a lone protester […]

China’s Disappeared: A look at who went missing in 2018

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