The jailing of Joshua Wong, Hong Kong’s youthful “face of protest”, and of his fellow activists Nathan Law and Alex Chow, is technically a matter of law but in reality one of politics. Two of them had already carried out community service for unlawful assembly or inciting unlawful assembly; the third had received a suspended sentence. That was not enough. They have been at the forefront of the pro-democracy movement, inspiring many more in Hong Kong to rally in defence of the greater freedoms it has enjoyed compared to the mainland under the “one country-two systems” formula. Authorities have been determined to silence these voices. By appealing against the “rather dangerous” supposed leniency of the original sentences, they have succeeded, for now. Tiếp tục đọc
TTCT– Sau 20 năm, mô hình “một quốc gia, hai chế độ” do Đặng Tiểu Bình đề xuất không chỉ là một thử nghiệm chính trị nữa, mà đã là đời sống hằng ngày ở vùng lãnh thổ này.
|Mối quan hệ giữa Hong Kong và đại lục sau 20 năm vẫn chưa thật sự rõ ràng– scmp.com|
Tuy nhiên, liệu mô hình quản trị nhà nước có một không hai đó có thành công hay không vẫn còn là một câu hỏi lớn.
Mô hình này được xác lập vào năm 1984 và triển khai ở Hong Kong vào năm chuyển giao 1997, được ca ngợi là bộ khung thực tế nhất để thống nhất hai vùng đất chia cách nhau 150 năm về ý thức hệ và khác biệt thể chế. Mô hình đó đã giúp thành phố ổn định trong thời kỳ chuyển giao từ Anh sang cho Trung Quốc. Tiếp tục đọc
Eating on the streets used to be part of the culture in Hong Kong, until safety and hygiene concerns meant the end for most hawkers and their mobile kitchens.
In recent months, the government has tried to revive the idea, although not everyone is pleased about it.
Al Jazeera’s Divya Gopalan reports from Hong Kong.
Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters have marched across Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese control with a high-profile show of dissent.
China’s president Xi Jinping, who had been in the former British colony on a three-day tour, flew out of Hong Kong just hours before the annual protest kicked off in Victoria Park on Saturday afternoon. Tiếp tục đọc
TAIPEI: Lawmakers in Taiwan launched a new group to help promote democracy in Hong Kong on Monday (Jun 12), a move likely to rile Beijing ahead of the 20th anniversary of the handover of the city from Britain back to China.
Taiwan and Hong Kong are thorns in Beijing’s side — both saw huge anti-China protests in 2014, known respectively as the Sunflower Movement and Umbrella Movement.
Ties with self-ruling Taiwan have worsened under China-sceptic President Tsai Ing-wen, who took office last year. Tiếp tục đọc
Developments in Hong Kong have affected confidence in the city’s autonomy, though its rule of law remained robust “despite challenges”, the British government has said.
Britain handed the former colony back to China in 1997 with guarantees it would retain extensive autonomy, an independent legal system and broad personal and commercial freedoms under a deal known as “one country, two systems”.
The international financial hub has seen tumultuous times over the past couple of years, with pro-democracy protests quelled in what many residents see as creeping interference by Beijing and the rise of a small but vocal movement pushing for independence.
Britain monitors developments in Hong Kong, as the agreement it struck with China for the territory’s return stipulated the continuation of its capitalist way of life for 50 years. Tiếp tục đọc
Donald Tsang, who faces up to seven years in prison, is the most senior official to be found guilty in a criminal trial.
Donald Tsang, Hong Kong’s former leader, has escaped a conviction of bribery in a trial that found guilty of misconduct during his time at the helm of the city.
Tsang, 72, is the most senior city official to be convicted in a criminal trial at a time when residents are losing faith in Hong Kong’s leaders.
The case is one of several recent scandals that have shaken public confidence and raised concerns about ties between Hong Kong’s leaders and wealthy businessmen.
Tsang was found guilty on Friday of failing to disclose his plans to rent a luxury flat from a major investor of a broadcaster, which was later granted a licence from the government while he was leader. Tiếp tục đọc
- Posted 05 Feb 2017 22:34
- Updated 05 Feb 2017 22:40
People from the Filipino Migrant Workers’ Union join a rally in Hong Kong organised by the International Migrants Alliance to protest against US President Donald Trump and his recent immigration and refugee restrictions on February 5, 2017. (Photo: AFP / ISAAC LAWRENCE)
Many were women from the Philippines and Indonesia employed in Hong Kong as domestic workers. Protesters chanted, “US imperialist, number one terrorist!”
“We are very worried that what Donald Trump is doing will also be adopted by other states who believe that their nation is the greatest nation without the migrants,” activist and domestic worker Eni Lestari said outside the US Consulate General. Tiếp tục đọc
HONG KONG — A Chinese-born billionaire who has forged financial ties with some of the country’s most powerful families was taken by the Chinese police from his apartment at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong late last week and spirited across the border, a person close to the businessman said on Tuesday.
The billionaire, Xiao Jianhua, who has been missing since Friday, is in police custody in China, where he apparently is safe, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of arrest. Mr. Xiao is a Canadian citizen with an Antiguan diplomatic passport, though he was born in China.
His removal from Hong Kong appears to contravene the “one country, two systems” rule that allows the former British colony to run its own affairs and bars the Chinese police from operating here.
HONG KONG – Hong Kong’s unpopular pro-Beijing leader Leung Chun-ying faced protests Wednesday as he spoke out against the city’s independence movement in his final policy address.
Leung will step down in July after a four-year term marked by anti-Beijing rallies as fears grow that Chinese authorities are squeezing Hong Kong’s freedoms.
Frustration at lack of political reform has sparked movements seeking self-determination or even independence for the semi-autonomous city, angering Chinese authorities. Tiếp tục đọc