Hong Kong to be governed by mysterious law secretly passed by China



China’s new national security legislation for Hong Kong was written and passed behind closed doors, without the consultation of the city’s local government or legislature.
It reportedly came into force on June 30, potentially rewriting the city’s legal system – despite the fact the overwhelming majority of residents have no idea of what precisely it will entail.
According to reports in Communist Party-controlled media, the law is expected to criminalise offenses such as secession, subversion against the central Chinese government, terrorism, and colluding with foreign forces.
Riot police stop and search people during a protest against the national security law.
Riot police stop and search people during a protest against the national security law. (Getty)
But hours after its reported passage, details remain vague, capping a particularly opaque process that has left analysts and activists guessing.
Speaking at a weekly press conference this morning, the city’s leader Carrie Lam initially refused to answer questions about the law, saying it was “inappropriate for me to comment.”

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European leaders condemn China over ‘deplorable’ Hong Kong security bill

Beijing move to stamp out anti-government protests poses diplomatic test for UK

The European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, against a backdrop of the EU and Chinese flags
 The European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, said EU member states were discussing possible measures in response to China’s move with international partners. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty

European leaders condemned China’s “deplorable decision” to press ahead with its new security laws in Hong Kong, warning that it will speed up the reassessment of China as a trustworthy economic partner.

The European Union council president, Charles Michel, said “we deplore the decision” and the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said the bloc was now discussing with international partners on any possible measures in response.

The legislaton, passed by lawmakers in Beijing on Tuesday, is aimed at stamping out anti-government protests in Hong Kong. It will criminalise secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces.

The UK foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, facing the greatest test of British diplomatic clout since the Salisbury poisoning in March 2018, described the imposition of the new law as a grave step.

Despite the urging of the international community, Beijing has chosen not to step back from imposing this legislation. China has ignored its international obligations regarding Hong Kong. This is a grave step, which is deeply troubling.

He told MPs his offer to provide visas, and paths to citizenship, to millions of Hong Kong British National Overseas passport holders stood. “We urgently need to see the full legislation, and will use that to determine whether there has been a breach of the Joint Declaration and what further action the UK will take,” he added.

A further statement to MPs on Wednesday is possible if the bill has been translated and analysed by the foreign office by then.

The UK can try to punish China collectively through sanctions, or through selective sanctions against named individuals, but few expect that they will persuade China to step back.

Donald Trump, already on a pre-election collision course with China, has previously said the US will remove Hong Kong’s favoured trading status. The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, said on Monday the US would bar defence exports to Hong Kong and would soon require licenses for the sale of items to Hong Kong that had both civilian and military uses.

China has responded by saying it would impose a visa ban on US citizens seeking to interfere with Hong Kong’s security laws.

Pompeo believes he is also making headway in persuading the EU to take a more sceptical approach to Chinese investment, but the EU foreign affairs chief, Josep Borrell, on Monday said the EU had to retain the right to view China through its own lenses.

An EU-China Summit set for September has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the German foreign minister, Heiko Maas, said it needed to be quickly rescheduled and it was essential that the EU spoke with one voice on China.

By leaving the EU, the UK has less ability to shape the bloc’s sanctions response, but the UK will welcome the signs of Europe-US convergence.

The authority of the US to condemn human rights abuses in Hong Kong has been diminished by revelations last week in the book by the former US national security adviser John Bolton that Trump repeatedly refused to condemn China, believing its cooperation was critical to his re-election chances.

Norbert Röttgen, a senior German CDU member, condemned “the complete lack of transparency” in the new Hong Kong law – which has not been published in full – and said 1 July marked the day “one country, two systems” no longer exists.

Lord Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong, said: “This decision, which rides roughshod over Hong Kong’s elected legislature, marks the end of ‘one country, two systems’. It is a flagrant breach of the Sino-British joint declaration – a treaty lodged at the United Nations – and Hong Kong’s mini constitution, the Basic Law.

“It will throttle the city’s rule of law, presenting a major confrontation between what passes for law in China and the common law system in Hong Kong, which has allowed the city to function as one of most important financial hubs in Asia. The separation of powers is in danger of being shattered and the courts politicised by the provision that the chief executive will herself choose the judges for national security cases.”

Benedict Rogers, a co-founder of Hong Kong Watch, called for the appointment of a UN special envoy/rapporteur on Hong Kong, the passing of targeted sanctions against the perpetrators of human rights abuses, the formation of an international contact group to monitor the situation on the ground, and the coordination of an international life-boat policy “to help Hongkongers in need of a lifeline”.

Japan’s ambassador to the EU, Kazuo Kodama, told Euractiv news: “There was an important deal reached between the UK and China […] We understood that Hong Kong’s way of life would be maintained, liberalism and independence of judiciary would be maintained, as well as freedom of speech and press, as these values are protected in the US, Europe and Japan.”

A number of countries are experiencing strained relations with China. Australia, in a deepening security and trade dispute with China, has announced plans for a $A1.35bn (£755m) boost to its cyber security budget, including the recruitment of 500 cyber spies.

India, traditionally a non-aligned country but already at odds with China over deadly clashes on the eastern Ladakh border, on Monday announced it was banning more than 50 Chinese apps, including Bytedance’s TikTok and Tencent’s WeChat. China says it was concerned by the move and seeking details.

France is seeking stronger relations with India, and more recently Russia, to try to build an alliance of countries opposed to China. Other countries would prefer any anti-Chinese alliance to comprise democracies spreading from Europe, the US and Asia, but without Putin.

The test for China will come if it finds that by locking itself into so many disputes with the bulk of its major trade partners, moves such as clamping down on protest in Hong Kong end up backfiring by damaging the Chinese economy, and pushing previously neutral countries into the American orbit.

Từ chuyện Yemen nghĩ đến phận nước bé 

soi.today – Sáng Ánh – 08. 01. 18 – 5:53 pm

“1 người chết ở New York bằng 10 người chết ở London, 100 người chết ở châu Âu và 1000 người chết ở đâu đó” là thước đo thông dụng của truyền thông Hoa Kỳ. Chuyện này cũng dễ hiểu, khi ta ngồi buôn chuyện thì 1 con bé nhà bên mới có bồ sẽ đáng nói hơn 10 con bé ở ngoài đường, hơn 100 con bé khác mới có bồ ở trong quận, và 1000 con bé mới có bồ ở khắp thành phố. Tuy nhiên, nếu nguồn tin “1 con bé ở hẻm X của Brooklyn mới có bồ” mà đến cả Cầu Giấy hay phố nào Myanmar, Phi Châu cũng xôn xao thì mới là bất thường. Tình trạng hiện nay của truyền thông thế giới là như vậy. Quan tâm hay không quan tâm của Tây phương trở thành quan tâm hay không quan tâm của mọi người.

Một nghiên cứu năm 2007 về giai đoạn 1968-2002 trên các đài TV chính của Mỹ đã thử tìm thước đo này trong lãnh vực thiên tai. Bao nhiêu người chết thì đáng được đề cập, và sơ đồ dưới đây cho thấy 1 người thiệt mạng vì núi lửa ngang với 39.000 người chết đói. Núi lửa phun khói rất ăn hình, còn em bé bụng ỏng nằm chỏng chơ coi rất kém thẩm mỹ.


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Khởi tố người mẹ bỏ rơi con mới đẻ giữa trời nắng nóng

ĐTH: Bố đứa trẻ đâu? Người làm cho chị này mang bầu đâu?  Tại sao chỉ khởi tố người mẹ? Tại sao đang ở bước khởi tố mà cơ quan chức năng và phóng viên có quyền công khai thông tin cá nhân, hình ảnh của người bị khởi tố. Điều này có vi phạm cơ bản quyền riêng tư và bảo vệ nhân phẩm của người bị khởi tố? Đây không phải là tội phạm. Kể cả tội phạm, đều có quyền được bảo vệ danh tính và quyền riêng tư.

Bỏ rơi con vừa sinh giữa trời nắng nóng khiến cháu bé tử vong, đối tượng Phạm Thị Thành bị khởi tố về hành vi vứt bỏ con mới đẻ.

>>Vứt con mới đẻ giữa trời nắng nóng, người mẹ bị xử lý ra sao?
>>Hà Nội: Xác định người phụ nữ bỏ rơi con mới đẻ giữa trời nắng nóng
>>Bé sơ sinh bị bỏ rơi không qua khỏi vì sốc nhiễm khuẩn sau 21 ngày điều trị

New swine flu found in China has pandemic potential: Study

WASHINGTON, DC: Researchers in China have discovered a new type of swine flu that is capable of triggering a pandemic, according to a study published on Monday (Jun 29) in the US science journal PNAS.

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EU-Vietnam FTA: India’s labour-intensive export sectors to feel the heat, China may gain

By: | Financial Express  Published: June 29, 2020

Beijing to ramp up investments in SE Asian country, to overcome barriers to its direct trade with EU

The EU, India’s second-largest export destination, accounted for about 17% of the country’s total outbound shipment.

The EU, India’s second-largest export destination, accounted for about 17% of the country’s total outbound shipment. (Representative image)

Pandemic-hit Indian exporters, especially in labour-intensive sectors, are expecting their fortune to plummet further, as key competitor Vietnam has clinched a free trade agreement (FTA) with the EU.

The pact will raise competition between the Asian rivals for the lucrative EU market in a range of products such as garments, footwear, marine products, plastics, rubber, leather and coffee (See the chart). Importantly, Vietnam will get duty-free access to the EU for 71% of its goods from day one and 99% after seven years but Indian supplies will continue to attract up to 9.6% duty (the maximum, among the products from labour-intensive sectors, is on garments). Tiếp tục đọc “EU-Vietnam FTA: India’s labour-intensive export sectors to feel the heat, China may gain”

Southeastern region boosts human-centred tourism development

08:08 | 29/06/2020

VGP – Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam has called upon the Southeastern region to focus on human-centred tourism development and enable local people to engage in tourism development in favor of poverty reduction.

A corner of the Southeastern region – Illustration photo

The Government leader made the statement at a conference on tourism development connectivity in the Southeastern Region on June 28 in Tay Ninh province.

Addressing the event, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan said that the Southeastern region is the most dynamic region in Viet Nam thanks to abundant advantages.

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Vietnam’s economy unexpectedly expands amid pandemic

A man works at an assembly line of Vinfast Auto factory in Hai Phong city, Vietnam, June 14, 2019. (Reuters file photo)

Vietnam’s economy unexpectedly grew in the second quarter, though at the slowest pace in at least a decade, as exports slumped because of the coronavirus pandemic. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam’s economy unexpectedly expands amid pandemic”

U.S. Halts High-Tech Exports to Hong Kong Over Security Concerns

The Trump administration’s new restrictions come in response to a new national security law that will extend China’s influence over Hong Kong.

Credit…Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times

By June 29, 2020, 6:25 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration placed new restrictions on U.S. exports of defense equipment and certain high-technology products to Hong Kong on Monday, in response to a new Chinese law aimed at tightening Beijing’s control over the territory.

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Kinh tế ban đêm – sức hút khó cưỡng với Việt Nam

VNE – Thứ hai, 29/7/2019, 10:05 (GMT+7)

Nền kinh tế ban đêm đóng góp 66 tỷ bảng cho Anh mỗi năm, trong khi Trung Quốc, Nhật Bản không ngừng đưa ra chính sách thúc đẩy hoạt động thương mại xuyên suốt.

“Khi mặt trời lặn ở Hà Nội, cũng là lúc Tạ Hiện lên đèn. Nếu bạn muốn thực sự hòa mình vào nhịp sống của thành phố này, đặc biệt là văn hóa của người dân, hãy đi bộ vào các con phố nhỏ, ngồi ghế đẩu và gọi một cốc bia” – phần mở đầu video của CNN Travel giới thiệu về Tạ Hiện, một “phố bia” sầm uất về đêm tại Hà Nội.

Cảnh buôn bán trên một con phố Hà Nội khi về đêm. Ảnh: CNN Travel Tiếp tục đọc “Kinh tế ban đêm – sức hút khó cưỡng với Việt Nam”

Immediate switch to renewable energy required across sectors, says report


According to the report by Paris-based think-tank REN21, though growth in renewable power has been impressive over the past five years, too little is happening in heating, cooling and transport

Immediate switch to renewable energy required across sectors, says report

New Delhi: The journey towards climate disaster would continue, unless an immediate switch to efficient and renewable energy is made across sectors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a latest report. Tiếp tục đọc “Immediate switch to renewable energy required across sectors, says report”

HCMC bus service fails to attract more passengers despite increased subsidy


By Dat Nguyen   June 29, 2020 | 08:28 am GMT+7

HCMC bus service fails to attract more passengers despite increased subsidy

A passenger waits at a bus station in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran.

Losing out to ride hailing operators and social distancing, amongst others, HCMC bus services are struggling to reroute impacts of low demand.

Ho Chi Minh City’s Transport Department recently asked the city for a public bus subsidy of VND1.31 trillion ($56.8 million) this year, up 14 percent from an earlier estimate.

The reason cited for the increase is low demand during and after the social distancing period. Resumption of services has only reached 80 percent of the target and companies say they need to pay staff and service their debts during the social distancing period despite revenues plummeting.

Without the increase in subsidies, the department said it might have to cut 15 percent of bus trips in the last six months of the year.

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Ly hương nơi hạ nguồn Mekong

3h sáng, Đặng Văn Bình mở mắt trong căn chòi nhỏ ven sông ở xã An Phú Trung (Ba Tri, Bến Tre). Dưới bầu trời tĩnh mịch chỉ có tiếng ếch nhái gọi nhau rã rượi. Hai đứa con gái anh, đứa lớn 12 tuổi, đứa nhỏ mới hai tuổi rưỡi vẫn còn đang say ngủ.

Sợ con thức giấc, Bình chỉ đứng bên đầu giường nhìn chúng một lúc, rồi thở dài, bỏ ra phía trước chòi. Thạch Thị Bo Pha, vợ Bình đã thu xếp sẵn cho chồng ba bộ đồ lao động cũ mèm bỏ trong ba lô, mớ cá khô, chục hột vịt, một bao gạo chục ký cùng 600.000 đồng.

Đó là tất cả hành trang của người đàn ông 34 tuổi, cho cuộc tha phương cầu thực cách đó 300 km, giữa mùa hạn mặn khốc liệt, một sáng sớm tháng hai. Tiếp tục đọc “Ly hương nơi hạ nguồn Mekong”

Xung đột Trung – Ấn: Vì sao không ai muốn lên giọng?

  • 27.06.2020, 05:36

TTCT – Dư luận Trung Quốc hiện đang được hướng sang tranh chấp quần đảo không người ở Senkaku/Điếu Ngư với Nhật Bản ở biển Hoa Đông. Khán giả xem phim võ hiệp và quyền thuật Trung Hoa đều rõ tâm tình này. Từ Lý Tiểu Long đến thầy ông là Diệp Vấn chỉ dành những chiêu độc nhất cho người Nhật, chứ chẳng thấy tỉ thí với võ sư người Ấn bao giờ

Xung đột Trung - Ấn: Vì sao không ai muốn lên giọng?
Trung Quốc và Ấn cáo buộc lẫn nhau về chuyện quân đôi bên nào vượt qua biên giới ở Ladakh trước. (Ảnh: AP)

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