The incident was initially denounced by democracy activists as a shocking breach of Hong Kong’s laws and autonomy by Chinese authorities.
The spill last week, after two vessels collided in the Pearl River estuary, left white globs of jelly-like palm oil in the water and strewn across beaches.
On social media, including Weibo and WeChat, researchers documented a significant increase in censorship after Liu Xiaobo’s death.
A hero to many in the West, Liu was branded a traitor by Chinese nationalists and the Chinese government considered him a criminal.
Hong Kong celebrated the 20th anniversary of Chinese rule on Saturday as the Chinese president warned the city against “Hong Kong independence.”
Xi warned that challenging the mainland’s authority was “impermissible” and that the city should crack down on moves towards “Hong Kong independence” .
The bastion of free speech under Chinese sovereignty seems to be in the throes of Tibetisation.
Hong Kong police had arrested pro-democracy protesters, including student protest leader Joshua Wong, but released them on the eve of President Xi’s visit meant to mark 20 years of the handover.
In interviews with ten Hong Kong residents born in 1997, all of them, including an immigrant from mainland China, said they primarily identify themselves as “Hong Kongers” and that their loyalty lies with the city.
President Xi Jinping’s visit to the former colonial city comes at a time when many Hong Kong residents see increasing Chinese interference in city affairs.
The country has become an international destination for paid surrogacy, a business supported by Hong kong and Thailand by providing healthcare support.
Facebook said the image “belittles, threatens or attacks a particular person, legal entity, nationality or group.” Following an uproar among Hong Kongers, the company apologised and approved the image.
One of the founders, Benny Tai said the activists might plead guilty to the charges in a spirit of civil disobedience.
The ‘Umbrella Movement’ street occupations in late 2014 called for genuine democracy in the former British colony, and paralysed key roads for 79 days.
An international financial hub, Hong Kong 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.
Scores of establishment Hong Kong figures, including top former officials and some leading opposition democrats, had written letters vouching for Tsang’s good character and longstanding public service over four decades in a bid for mitigation ahead of sentencing.
The seven policemen have been jailed for up to two years jail for beating a handcuffed pro-democracy activist during mass democracy protests in 2014.
The pro-democracy activist, Ken Tsang, was dragged by a group of police men to a pumping station near a protest site where he was assaulted in October 2014.
The latter part of Leung Chun-ying’s five-year term has been marked by growing separatist sentiment following massive 2014 pro-democracy protests that failed to sway the government’s position on restricting electoral reform.
Objects of almost any shape or geometry can be produced by 3D printing. The technology could seriously disrupt not just manufacturing but related national plans for economic development.
In recent months, the flimsy foundations of Hong Kong’s autonomy have been exposed by a series of dramas.
The move marked Beijing’s most direct intervention in the city’s legal and political system since the former British colony returned to Chinese rule
As chief of Hong Kong’s pre-eminent Court of Final Appeal, Ma sits at the top of the legal system, which some lawyers and politicians feel is under threat from China’s intervention.
China’s parliament passed an interpretation of Hong Kong’s Basic Law that says lawmakers must swear allegiance to the city as part of China.
The topic of independence has long been taboo in the former British colony, now governed under the “one country, two systems” principle since its return to Communist Party-ruled China in 1997.
Joshua Wong, a student leader who rose to fame at the age of 15 for forcing the Hong Kong government to shelve a pro-China national education scheme in schools, appears in a video released on August 1 by the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, with a caption that says “American-led Western power”.
Amnesty International Hong Kong director Mabel Au stated that the charges were vague and could be politically motivated.
The increase in migration to Taiwan, Canada and other countries, from Hong Kong started with the “Occupy Central” protests of 2014.
The latest update of Oxford English Dictionary includes the publication of written and spoken pronunciations for additional English varieties.
China’s detention of five booksellers from Hong Kong sparked protests as people of Hong Kong fear that their basic law is being violated.
Lam Wing-kee was detained by China for selling “politically sensitive” books.
Claims from asylum seekers have more than tripled in the last two years, alarming residents and lawmakers.
Bankers operating in Hong Kong have said the Panama Papers have triggered a massive compliance exercise there, with banks carefully combing through their accounts to ensure there are no problems.
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s latest measure plans to raise the level of cybersecurity at banks in Hong Kong through a three-pronged approach.
Sources say Zhang Dejiang will be establishing relations with more moderate democrats in Hong Kong.
The controversy has exacerbated social tensions between Hong Kong and China, fuelling a fledgling independence movement among pockets of the city’s increasingly restive youth.