Trade unions in Hong Kong have called on Cathay Pacific, the airline caught up in tensions between Chinese authorities and anti-government protests in the city, to end “all forms of white terror”. The Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) called a news conference following the dismissal of the head of Cathay Dragon’s Airlines Flight Attendants’ Association, Rebecca Sy. Sy said she was fired without explanation after managers saw her Facebook account. HKCTU called her dismissal a “blatant act of suppression”. Read more: HSBC urges peace amid Hong Kong clashes According to the group of unions, 14 people have been fired over the protests so far. Cathay Pacific has been under pressure from Chinese authorities to suspend staff who participate or support the anti-government protests, leading to the resignation of its chief executive and chief customer and commercial officer. “All the employees are being frightened, not just cabin … [Read more...] about Cathay Pacific urged to end ‘white terror’ by Hong Kong unions
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LONDON — China's ambassador to the U.K. will be summoned to the Foreign Office amid a growing diplomatic row between the two countries over mass protests in Hong Kong. U.K. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that relations with China should be based on "mutual respect" after Beijing's envoy in London, Liu Xiaoming, strongly criticized the U.K.'s stance on the demonstrations that have swept the former British colony. Liu said in a press conference that relations had been "damaged by interference of the British government on Hong Kong," and warned the U.K. that its status as a Chinese "special administrative region" is not as "it used to be under British colonial rule." His comments follow Hunt's statements to media and on Twitter voicing the U.K.'s "unwavering" support for Hong Kong and its people's right to peaceful protest. Demonstrations over a new extradition bill escalated on Monday with a number of activists occupying Hong Kong's Legislative Council building for several … [Read more...] about China’s ambassador to UK summoned over Hong Kong row
FILE PHOTO: Jeremy Hunt, a leadership candidate for Britain's Conservative Party, speaks during a hustings event in Belfast, Northern Ireland, July 2, 2019. AP Photo/Peter Morrison/Pool via REUTERS LONDON (Reuters) - British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told China that it needed to honour and respect the agreement the countries had made over Hong Kong, as London and Beijing kept up a war of words over the former British colony. “Message to Chinese govt: good relations between countries are based on mutual respect and honouring the legally binding agreements between them,” Hunt said on Twitter. “That is the best way to preserve the great relationship between the UK and China.” Reporting by Michael Holden. Editing by Andrew MacAskill … [Read more...] about Hunt tells China to honour agreement over Hong Kong
News / UK by Press Association 03/07/2019, 5:27 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter China’s ambassador in London has been summoned for a dressing down from the UK’s top diplomat in an escalation of the dispute over Hong Kong. The Foreign Office and Beijing have been involved in a spat following a call from Jeremy Hunt not to use the protests in Hong Kong as a “pretext for repression”. China’s foreign ministry hit back and ambassador Liu Xiaoming lambasted the UK Government over its approach. Geng Shuang, a spokesman for Beijing’s ministry of foreign affairs, said Mr Hunt “appeared to be “basking in the faded glory of British colonialism and obsessed with lecturing others”. An FCO source said Mr Liu was being hauled in for a meeting on Wednesday with Foreign Office chief Sir Simon McDonald, the head of the diplomatic service, following the “unacceptable and inaccurate” comments from … [Read more...] about Chinese ambassador summoned over Hong Kong spat
HONG Kong is uniquely both a part of, and independent to, mainland China. The history of what was once the world's busiest and wealthiest port is complicated. Is Hong Kong an independent nation? Hong Kong is semi-autonomous - with it's own money, passports, immigration channels and legal system. But it isn't quite independent either. In fact, Hong Kong was never an independent country. Britain controlled the region as a British colony until 1997, when a 99-year lease expired. China agreed to govern Hong Kong under the principle of "one country, two systems" and a deal was struck between China when Britain ceded its control. However, in recent years Hong Kong residents have become fearful of creeping mainland China control. In 2014, China's Central People's Government released a report asserting that Hong Kong's judiciary should be subordinate to, and not independent of, the government. What are the differences between Hong Kong and China? Hong Kong has its own legal system, currency … [Read more...] about What is the relationship between China and Hong Kong?