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uk trade minister met with surveillance firm implicated in uighur abuses | world news

Facial recognition firm SenseTime discussed use of AI in universities with governmentA government trade minister held a one-on-one meeting with a facial recognition firm accused of enabling the Chinese government’s campaign of persecution against Uighur Muslims, the Guardian and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism have established.Graham Stuart, a minister at the Department for International Trade (DIT), met with representatives from SenseTime, a Hong Kong-based surveillance technology firm, ...

hong kong stocks slump 3% on coronavirus fears, but apple results cheer traders - business live | business

Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news 7.40am GMT Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng dropped about 2.5% as markets reopened Wednesday, with the city’s stocks catching up to the global slide since last week. https://t.co/DkzxIYA3bx pic.twitter.com/Vo2Jw94NXIThere are seriously more people wearing masks in Hong Kong than at any point during the recent protests “The Wuhan ...

unfree speech by joshua wong review – a call to arms for the snapchat generation | books

The Hong Kong protests leader, a veteran activist at just 23, on his extraordinary decade – and what comes nextI don’t know if it counts as a demographic anomaly or a new world order, but our social media decade has seen the emergence of teenage political changemakers – the guerrilla wing of influencer culture. While Greta Thunberg may have become the most recognisable of these adolescent activists, the model was established by Joshua Wong, who at the age of 14 engineered a rare political climbd...

coronavirus outbreak: death toll rises to 56 as inter-city buses banned from beijing – updates | science

Authorities in China say infections have risen to more than 1,600 while the US and Australia are pulling people out of stricken city of Wuhan. Follow all the latest developments here Scientists race to discover how Wuhan victims were infected 6.49am GMT In a bid to contain the spread of the virus, China has banned long distance buses between several major cities, including Beijing. The eastern Shandong province, with a population of 100 million people, will suspend long-distance buses entering t...

coronavirus: shares in asia pacific fall sharply as fears mount | world news

Memories of 2003’s devastating Sars outbreak cause jitters on financial markets, with Hong Kong worst hitShares have fallen across Asia Pacific amid mounting concerns about a new strain of coronavirus in China that has left at least four people dead and spread to four countries.With the economic damage done by the devastating 2003 Sars virus still fresh in the mind of many traders, stocks were sold heavily on Tuesday and expectations grew that the markets were in for more falls in the days ahead...

'hong kong is at a crossroads': inside prison with the student who took on beijing | books

Political activist Joshua Wong was 20 when he was sentenced in 2017 to six months for his role in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy ‘umbrella movement’The last words I said before I was taken away from the courtroom were: “Hong Kong people, carry on!” That sums up how I feel about our political struggle. Since Occupy Central – and the umbrella movement that succeeded it – ended without achieving its stated goal, Hong Kong has entered one of its most challenging chapters. Protesters coming out of a faile...

hong kong could keep semi-autonomy for longer, says lam | world news

Leader says ‘one country, two systems’ deal could continue if city shows loyalty to ChinaHong Kong’s leader, Carrie Lam, has said the “one country, two systems” framework under which the city is meant to enjoy autonomy from China could be extended beyond 2047 if loyalty to Beijing is upheld.In her first appearance at the Legislative Council since October, Lam answered a question from a lawmaker about what might happen in 2047, the year the semi-autonomous territory is meant to return to Chinese ...

one in four countries beset by civil strife as global unrest soars | global development

Researchers predict worldwide turmoil will continue in 2020, with Venezuela, Iran and Libya at greatest riskA quarter of all countries experienced a dramatic surge in civil unrest last year in a worrying trend that is likely to continue into 2020, researchers have found.Verisk Maplecroft, a leading risk analysis and strategic forecasting company, said in a report published on Thursday that 47 countries experienced a significant rise in the number of protests over the course of the past year. Hon...

'orwellian' china silencing dissent at home and abroad, says human rights chief | law

Human Rights Watch head says China is a ‘surveillance state’ using its economic clout to stifle international criticism The head of Human Rights Watch has accused the Chinese government of not only constructing “an Orwellian high-tech surveillance state” at home but using its growing economic clout to silence critics abroad.Kenneth Roth said on Tuesday that China was carrying out “the most intense attack on the global system for enforcing human rights since that system began to emerge in the mid...

head of human rights watch denied entry to hong kong | law

Kenneth Roth was due to launch the organisation’s latest report in the Chinese-controlled cityThe global head of Human Rights Watch says he has been denied entry to Hong Kong, where he was scheduled to launch the organisation’s latest world report this week.Kenneth Roth, the group’s executive director, said that on Sunday he was blocked at Hong Kong airport from entering for the first time, having entered freely in the past. Continue reading...

taiwan re-elects tsai ing-wen as president in clear message to china | world news

Win marks dramatic comeback for party that campaigned against unification with ChinaTsai Ing-Wen has been re-elected as Taiwan’s president, as voters delivered a sharp rebuke to Beijing by choosing a leader who had campaigned on protecting their country from China.As results came in on Saturday following a quiet day of voting in schools, temples, and community centres across the island, Tsai, of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), quickly established a lead over her opponent, Han Kuo-yu, of ...

hong kong: nearly a third of adults report ptsd symptoms – study | world news

Research also finds heavy use of social media to follow socio-political events appears to increase risk on mental healthNearly one in three adults in Hong Kong reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder during months of often violent social unrest in the city, according to a study published in the Lancet medical journal on Friday. Related: Portraits of Hong Kong's masked protesters – in pictures Continue reading...

china's new top hong kong official hopes city will return to 'right path' | world news

Luo Huining, newly installed head of Beijing’s liaison office, gave little away in his first public statementBeijing’s new top envoy to Hong Kong has said he hoped the protest-ravaged city would “return to the right path” in his first statement since taking up his post.Luo Huining replaced Wang Zhimin as head of Beijing’s liaison office in Hong Kong – the most significant personnel change by China since violent pro-democracy protests erupted in the city nearly seven months ago. Continue reading....

dozens held in hong kong after anti-parallel trading march turns violent | world news

Protests target mainlanders’ practice of bulk-buying goods to sell at profit in ChinaPetrol bombs were hurled at a Hong Kong police station and dozens of people have been arrested following a march against so-called parallel trading near the Chinese border.The Democratic party said about 10,000 people marched peacefully in Sheung Shui district on Sunday, but violence erupted after police ordered protesters to disperse. Continue reading...

china replaces top hong kong official as protests enter eighth month | world news

Beijing offers no explanation for appointing of Luo Huining to head its liaison officeChina has replaced a top official in Hong Kong as anti-government protests in the semi-autonomous territory enter their eighth month.Luo Huining, the former Communist party chief for Shanxi province, has been appointed head of China’s liaison office in Hong Kong, the official Xinhua news agency said. Continue reading...

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