Hong Kong has experienced weeks of unrest now, sparked by opposition to an extradition bill, with increasing outbreaks of violence and strikes causing major disruption. The Chinese government has strongly criticised the protesters, but many are wondering whether it will eventually lose patience and take more direct action.What legal options does Beijing have to intervene, and could we ever see Chinese military action in Hong Kong? Could China send in the army? The Basic Law - Hong Kong's mini constitution since the UK handed the territory back to China in 1997 - is very clear. Unless China declares an all-out state of emergency or war in Hong Kong, Chinese military intervention can only come at the request of the Hong Kong government, and for the "maintenance of public order and in disaster relief".But most analysts say at this stage is almost unthinkable that PLA troops will be seen in Hong Kong. "It would bring dramatic change to the structural and economic environment," said Prof … [Read more...] about Hong Kong protests: How could China intervene?
US President Donald Trump said Wednesday the United States will delay increasing tariffs on $250 billion (€227 billion euros) worth of Chinese imports by two weeks "as a gesture of good will." The move came after Beijing earlier in the day announced plans to ease tariffs on 16 categories of goods imported from the United States. Read more: US-China trade war — The unlikely European winners The mutual concessions, although minor, are viewed as a peace-offering ahead of minister-level meetings in early October in the US capital, involving Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Trump said the postponement of the tariff hike from October 1 to October 15 came "at the request of the Vice Premier of China, Liu He, and due to the fact that the People's Republic of China will be celebrating their 70th Anniversary." The tariffs were set to increase the rate charged on Chinese imports from 25% … [Read more...] about US delays China tariffs after Beijing eases some restrictions
Some schools and universities in Hong Kong remain closed on Tuesday over safety fears as protesters embarked on another day of traffic disruptions. Many of the territory's train lines are suspended or delayed as police search passengers and long queues form at stations.Riot police entered several universities early on Tuesday, firing tear gas in one to disperse students.On Monday, Hong Kong saw a marked escalation of violence.One activist was shot with a live bullet by police while another man was set on fire by anti-government protesters. Both are in critical condition in hospital. Hong Kong protests explained in 100 and 500 words Two critical after Hong Kong day of chaos Why Starbucks? The brands attacked in Hong Kong Dozens of local and international schools across Hong Kong said they would be closed on Tuesday with some telling parents on text message it was due to safety concerns given the ongoing protests. The city's English Schools Foundation said that "due to our concern for … [Read more...] about Hong Kong protests: Schools and universities shut amid safety fears
Anti-government marches in Hong Kong have ended in rioting, with attacks on government offices, a metro station and businesses with ties to mainland China. Police used water cannon, tear gas and truncheons, reportedly removing masks from demonstrators they arrested, and a number of people were injured.Tens of thousands of protesters had turned out in the rain, spurred to act by a ban on wearing masks at rallies.The controversial ban was upheld by the High Court on Sunday. It was introduced by chief executive Carrie Lam who invoked powers dating back to colonial rule by the British.Sunday's protests were fuelled by both the mask ban and the use by police of live bullets against protesters, which left two people injured this week. A wave of rioting in Friday led city metro services to shut down but they had partially resumed on Sunday. Hong Kong protests explained in 100 and 500 words The background you need on the Hong Kong protests In pictures: The face masks Hong Kong wants to ban … [Read more...] about Hong Kong protest march descends into violence
As the protests intensify in Hong Kong, international luxury brands are getting caught in the crossfire. Global brands such as Versace, Coach, Calvin Klein, Givenchy, ASICS, and Swarovski have all become tied up in controversy on the mainland this week for listing Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan as a separate countries or regions - not part of China - on their official websites or brand T-shirts. China's state media propaganda machine is running at full speed to counter the anti-Beijing voices, and many Chinese social media users are now involved in an online hunt for international companies seemingly not abiding by the "one country, two system" principle, which states that while Hong Kong enjoys "a high degree of autonomy" it is part of China.Versace: How the ball started rollingOn 8 August, an image of a T-shirt by Italian fashion house Versace started making the rounds on social media. One Chinese web user wrote: "I discovered this recently, and wondered if the design of this T-shirt … [Read more...] about Hong Kong protests: Brand ‘witch hunt’ takes over Chinese internet