Britain announces visa scheme for Hong Kong citizens

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday hailed a new visa scheme that offers qualifying Hong Kong citizens a route to British citizenship – a programme launched in response to China’s new security laws in the former colony. The scheme, first announced last year, opens on Sunday and allows those with “British National (Overseas)” status to… Read More Britain announces visa scheme for Hong Kong citizens

Hong Kong police arrest eleven for alleged aid of activists’ escape attempt

Hong Kong police have arrested 11 people over suspected crimes related to assisting a group of 12 pro-democracy activists accused of attempting to flee the city by boat for Taiwan last year, local media and activists reported on Thursday. Those arrested, ages 18 to 72, according to local broadcaster RTHK, included eight men and three… Read More Hong Kong police arrest eleven for alleged aid of activists’ escape attempt

Hong Kong police arrest dozens of pro-democratic activists over alleged breach of national security law

Hong Kong police arrested dozens of democracy activists on Wednesday on suspicion of violating a new security law by planning to “paralyse” and “overthrow” the city government, Secretary for Security John Lee said. The arrests represent the biggest crackdown on the opposition camp since Beijing imposed the law security law in the former British colony… Read More Hong Kong police arrest dozens of pro-democratic activists over alleged breach of national security law

Hong Kong top court orders remand of media tycoon Jimmy Lai

Hong Kong’s top court has remanded media and publishing tycoon Jimmy Lai, the most high-profile person to be charged under the Chinese-ruled city’s national security law, in custody until another bail hearing on February 1. The Court of Final Appeal’s ruling comes a week after Lai, one of Hong Kong’s most prominent democracy activists who… Read More Hong Kong top court orders remand of media tycoon Jimmy Lai

Hong Kong court grants media tycoon Jimmy Lai bail

A Hong Kong court granted HK$10 million (an equivalent of $1.3 million) bail on Wednesday to media tycoon Jimmy Lai, the highest profile pro-democracy activist charged under the city’s new national security law, on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces. Lai is one of the financial hub’s most ardent Beijing critics, while his Next Media… Read More Hong Kong court grants media tycoon Jimmy Lai bail

Hong Kong charges media tycoon Jimmy Lai under national security law

Hong Kong democracy activist and media tycoon Jimmy Lai, 73, has been charged under the city’s national security law on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces, his Apple Daily newspaper reported on Friday, citing a police source. Lai, an ardent critic of Beijing, would be the highest profile person charged under the sweeping new law… Read More Hong Kong charges media tycoon Jimmy Lai under national security law

China summons U.S. diplomat in protest over recent sanctions

China summoned the acting top U.S. diplomat in Beijing to protest about U.S. sanctions on Chinese officials over Hong Kong, and vowed to take “reciprocal” retaliation. The United States on Monday imposed financial sanctions and a travel ban on 14 Chinese officials over their role in adopting a national security law for Hong Kong and… Read More China summons U.S. diplomat in protest over recent sanctions

U.S. imposes sanctions on fourteen Chinese officials over Hong Kong crackdown

The United States on Monday imposed financial sanctions and a travel ban on 14 Chinese officials over their alleged role in Beijing’s disqualification last month of elected opposition legislators in Hong Kong. The move, which sent Asian stock markets lower, targeted the vice chairpersons of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC), the top decision-making… Read More U.S. imposes sanctions on fourteen Chinese officials over Hong Kong crackdown