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uk consulate worker detained in china is freed in hong kong | world news

Simon Cheng is back in Hong Kong, say family, after weeks of detention in mainland ChinaA staff member at the British consulate in Hong Kong who was detained in mainland China has been released, his family said on Saturday, ending an ordeal that lasted more than two weeks.“Simon [Cheng] has returned to Hong Kong. Thanks to everyone for your support!” said an online message from Rescue Simon Cheng Facebook page run by his family and friends. It said Cheng and his family needed “time and space” to...

hong kong protesters form 30-mile human chain across city – video | world news

Thousands of protesters have formed a human chain across Hong Kong on the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way, when about 2 million people created a chain across Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to protest against Soviet occupation. More than two months of protests began in June over a now-suspended extradition bill, but have and have since expanded into a wider movement against the erosion of liberties under Chinese ruleHong Kong protesters join hands in 30-mile human chain Continue reading...

hong kong protesters join hands in 30-mile human chain | world news

Event inspired by anti-Soviet ‘Baltic Way’ across Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in 1989 A human chain stretched for kilometres across both sides of Hong Kong harbour on Friday night, as people turned out for a peaceful demonstration inspired by anti-Soviet protesters three decades ago.Joining hands and singing songs, tens of thousands of demonstrators lined Hong Kong’s pavements, overpasses, waterfronts and parks, and scaled one of its most famous peaks, picking out the outline of Lion Rock with...

hong kong protests: youtube takes down 200 channels spreading disinformation | technology

Google-owned service says it discovered channels ‘behaved in a coordinated manner’ against pro-democracy protestsYouTube has disabled 210 channels that appeared to be part of a coordinated influence campaign against pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.The action by the Google-owned service came as Twitter and Facebook accused the Chinese government of backing a social media campaign to discredit Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement and sow political discord in the city. Continue reading...

asian billionaires embark on uk spending spree as pound nosedives | news

China and Hong Kong’s super-rich buy up everything from skyscrapers to private schoolsChina’s president, Xi Jinping, and David Cameron famously sealed their countries’ “golden era” friendship in 2015 over a pint of Greene King IPA at The Plough at Cadsden, a five-minute drive from the then prime minister’s Chequers country residence.They were clearly a nice couple of pints. A year later the Chinese investment firm SinoFortone bought the 16th-century pub for £2m, and announced plans (which have n...

'we must defend our city': a day in the life of a hong kong protester | world news

As demonstrations entered their 11th week, the Guardian shadowed a protester for the day at a major anti-government rally banned by the police It is noon on a muggy August day in Hong Kong. Patrick Wong*, 20, has just eaten a breakfast of instant noodles and vegetables with his parents at a nearby cha chaan teng, an old-school local diner. Now he is preparing for another long Sunday on the streets.He is packing a black T-shirt, a yellow helmet, and a pair of goggles that can withstand 0.22-calib...

hong kong businesses fear protests will push economy into recession | world news

Amid mass demonstrations and a trade war, financial observers say the city’s slowdown could deepenHong Kong is a free marketer’s dream. The tiny island has a GDP bigger than many industrialised countries, low tax and abundant cheap labour, and is a world-class financial centre boasting a stock market with a total value of more than £2.5tn.No wonder then that the city’s most powerful vested interests are showing signs of nerves after 11 weeks of street protests that have paralysed the city, spark...

china's state media accuses worker at uk consulate 'of visiting prostitutes' | world news

Claim over Simon Cheng, of Hong Kong consulate, often used by Bejing authorities to smear criticsChinese state media has accused a worker at the British consulate in Hong Kong was detained in mainland China for visiting prostitutes – an accusation often used by the authorities to smear the reputation of government critics.Simon Cheng, 28, a trade and investment officer for Scottish Development International, travelled to Shenzhen, a city that borders Hong Kong, on 8 August. He sent messages to h...

hong kong protesters clash with riot police at metro station | world news

Peaceful rally descends into skirmishes as objects thrown and makeshift barriers erectedA peaceful rally at a metro station in Hong Kong descended into a clash between protesters and police as the city entered the 11th week of anti-government demonstrations.Hundreds of people took part in a sit-in at the out-of-town Yuen Long metro station earlier on Wednesday in protest at a violent and indiscriminate attack on commuters and protesters there a month ago. Continue reading...

'we feel very helpless': hong kong family voice fears for detained uk consulate worker | world news

Rally will be held outside UK consulate in Hong Kong on Wednesday following news of Simon Cheng’s detention on mainland ChinaThe family of a UK consulate worker detained in mainland China during a trip from Hong Kong nearly two weeks ago have voiced their fears for his safety, saying they “feel very helpless”.Simon Cheng, 28, who works in the British consulate in Hong Kong as a trade and investment officer for Scottish Development International, travelled to Shenzhen on 8 August on business. He ...

employee at uk's consulate in hong kong detained in china | world news

Beijing has taken increasingly strident tone against pro-democracy protesters, and warned UK against ‘interference’An employee at the UK’s consulate in Hong Kong has been detained by mainland Chinese authorities on his way back to the city, his girlfriend has said.Simon Cheng, 28, was traveling back from a business trip in Shenzhen province to his native Hong Kong on 8 August when he suddenly stopped messaging, he girlfriend, Li, told the Guardian, Continue reading...

carrie lam calls for 'dialogue' with citizens to find 'way out for hong kong' | world news

Territory’s leader says she will ‘immediately’ set up platform to tackle complaints against policeHong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, has said she will “immediately” set up a platform for dialogue with citizens and tackle complaints against the police, after a weekend of peaceful protests that she hoped would be the start of a return to calm in the financial hub.“Work will start immediately to build a platform of dialogue,” Lam said. “We hope this dialogue can be built upon a basis of mutu...

twitter removes nearly 1,000 accounts tied to china's campaign against hong kong protesters | technology

Company also suspends thousands of accounts as it reports ‘state-backed information operation’Twitter has removed nearly 1,000 accounts and suspended thousands of others tied to a campaign by the Chinese government against protesters in Hong Kong, the company announced on Monday.The social media giant disclosed a “significant state-backed information operation” originating from within the People’s Republic of China (PRC) targeting the pro-democracy movement in the Chinese territory. It removed 9...

'they are fighting for nothing': the view on hong kong protests from shenzhen | world news

Armed troops are barracked in a stadium in Shenzhen, where citizens seem to back themThere was an uneasy sense of calm on Sunday in Shenzhen, the Chinese city on the other side of the bay from Hong Kong where hundreds of troops from the People’s Armed Police [PAP] have been deployed in a show of force that the government in Beijing has called an anti-terrorism manoeuvre.The troops, some of whom could be seen milling around the Shenzen Bay sports stadium where they are currently barracked, await ...

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